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What do I wear for my massage?
Most people disrobe for their massage; some people feel comfortable removing all clothing and undergarments while others feel more secure keeping on their undergarments or some clothing. In general, the less clothing you wear, the wider the variety of massage techniques can be used, as certain techniques require skin on skin contact. What is important is that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your massage. Certain types of massage can be done over the clothing. Be assured that you will be discreetly covered by a sheet and blanket. You should never feel exposed or uncomfortable during a massage and if you do please communicate it to your therapist.
What type of oil/ lotion is used?
Rich only uses pure certified allergen (nut and fragrance) free organic massage cream and essential oils.
Should I arrive at my appointment early?
You may want to arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to get settled in and ensure you receive the maximum amount of time possible for your bodywork. When you arrive for your first massage, you will fill out a client intake form, so the therapist can become familiar with your goals for the massage, and your state of health, including recent injuries or surgeries. It is important to disclose any health conditions, so the therapist can be aware of any techniques that may be required for your comfort level, especially in the case of recent surgeries or injuries.
Is massage painful?
No. In general, a massage should not be painful. Depending on the health of your soft tissue, as your therapist is working out knots or tight areas, you may feel some pain. It is important to let your therapist know what feels good and what doesn't. A professional massage therapist will adjust their technique and pressure to your preference so you can get the maximum benefit from your session. A painful reaction to massage can cause the muscles to tense during a session which is not generally conducive to relaxation.
Is massage recommended for all health conditions?
No. If you have any concerns about whether a massage is the appropriate treatment for you, you should consult your health care provider. If you are under a doctor's care, a written referral may be required for a massage. Massage is not safe if you are on certain medications, so be sure to consult your doctor and obtain written authorization if you are on medications for circulatory problems, or anticoagulants (blood thinner) such as warfarin. If you have an acute injury, you should wait at least 72 hours before having that area worked on. Be aware that you may experience some dizziness or light-headedness after receiving bodywork, and let your therapist know if you need help getting up off the table.
How will I feel after my massage?
Most people feel highly relaxed after a massage session. It's not unusual to feel such a deep level of relaxation that you may experience dizziness or minor disorientation. This is called "massage drunk". Most people have relief from aches and pains. Be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day after your massage. This will help to flush the toxins from your system.
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