What to Look For When You Get Your
First Massage. You may be thinking of getting
your first massage and if so you want to know
what to expect.
First, before you schedule a massage, check
with your doctor to see if there are any
physical problems that would prevent you from
enjoying a massage.
You may have a physical problem that would
make it dangerous for you to have a massage.
There are some things to consider before you
get a massage.
It is important to choose a massage
therapist you will feel comfortable with. You
can choose a male or female massage
A licensed massage therapist should never
touch your genital area. There are some massage
salons that use massages as a front for sexual
Be sure the place you choose is accredited
and the therapist has a state license. When you
schedule you will want to tell the scheduler
how long you want to be massaged. Most massages
begin with 15 minutes but can extend to 30
It could take up to 90 minutes for a full
body massage. A full massage would include the
front, back, legs, arms, feet and hands. A
shorter massage would concentrate on one
specific part of the body.
Remember, a massage therapist should not
touch anywhere near your genitals or on the
breasts if you are a woman. You will be taken
to a quiet room, maybe with some candles
burning, soft relaxing aroma in the area, and
some quiet soothing music.
If you do not like the music, ask the
therapist to choose something else or bring
your own music you like to relax with. You
should be in a private room unless you are
having a couples massage. The therapist will
use their hands, arm, or elbow while massaging
Your massage therapist will help you decide
which massage type you want. There are over 200
kinds of massage therapy.
The differences are in the technique,
whether lotions or oils are used, and the
pressure applied during the massage. The most
common massage used in the United States is the
It involves slow, smooth strokes and gentle
kneading movements. Oil, lotion, or powder may
be used and the therapist will gradually
increase the pressure as the massage
Your therapist will concentrate on your
hands and feet because there are reflex
points there that match to other parts of
your body. The use of lotion or oil allows
the therapists hands to glide over your
body without rough friction. Some kinds of
massages require friction, but not a
Swedish massage. It is a good idea to try
the Swedish massage first to see what you
like and dont like. You can try other forms
of massage and even try other therapists
until you find one that you like and fits
with your likes and dislikes.
Theraputic Massage Terms and
Swedish massage utilizes
techniques that apply stokes
with pressure applied in the
direction as the blood would
flow as it returns to a
It includes a
set and variety of techniques
or methods that help to achieve
relaxation of the muscles and
to help achieve a better and
increased rate of
A massage therapy session is time to relax.
Arrange a time when you will not be
interrupted by a cell phone call. Allow
yourself time to relax before you go for
your scheduled appointment.
If it is the first time, you will want to
allow yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes
because you will need to fill out a form
about your medical history.