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What to know before your massage

Health History and Information

The licensed massage therapist will take a detailed health history before providing massage services. This is important to help the therapist better understand your needs, and to provide the safest possible massage services for your condition(s). All information given to the massage therapist is confidential, and may only be released to your doctor with your written permission. After a brief interview with you, the therapist will guide you to the treatment area.

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to your massage therapist and proper draping techniques are used to ensure modesty. You will be provided with an area to disrobe (if your particular treatment requires it). In some instances you may be given a hospital gown or other apparel (shorts, sports bra) to wear during treatment. Note that while complete disrobing is not necessary, some massage techniques do require contact with the skin. You need only disrobe to your level of comfort.

The treatment room may be brightly or indirectly lit. There may be music playing during your massage treatment. If at any time you find music or the lighting to be distracting or disturbing, do not hesitate to request that your therapist change it.

Will the massage be painful?

Some pain or discomfort may or may not be experienced during the session. Pain is an indication of an area that may need more work, or may be cause for referral to a physician. If there is excessive pain, be sure to let your therapist know. Techniques can be varied to avoid excessive pain. In general, however, massage is painless and very relaxing.

After the Massage

After your massage, you may feel deeply relaxed. Take a few moments to rest and enjoy the sensation of well-being. Take your time getting up from the table or mat. If you need assistance, ask your therapist to assist you. You will be left alone to dress. It is very helpful to drink fresh, pure water after your massage to help you body gain equilibrium. At the end of your session is a great time to book your next appointment!

Fees and Insurance

Most massage therapists do not currently accept health insurance as payment for service. However, all massage therapists should provide you with a receipt that you may submit to your health insurance provider for reimbursement. In general, fees are payable at the time of your massage.

Check with your massage therapist for details concerning his or her fees and payment methods.

Other Policies and Information

Each massage therapist sets his or her own office policies. Please check with your therapist for details.


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