Frequently Asked Questions You May Have Before A Massage

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
questions about massage therapy

Receiving a massage, especially your first one, can feel a bit strange. These sessions are something that you will enjoy. Once you have experienced massage therapy, you will most likely want to go back often! But, you may also have some questions before your first appointment. Below are some common questions and answers people have before they get this therapy.

Do I have to undress?

How much you get undressed is your choice. A full-body massage is much better if you are undressed as some articles of clothing can interfere with the experience. For example, women who wear bras might not get the best effects on their backs and shoulders. If you choose a chair massage, you do not have to remove any clothes besides jackets or scarves.

Some of your muscles run the entire length of your back. Having access to the whole area gives your massage therapist a chance to provide a more thorough experience. Remember, if you are not comfortable with undressing, your therapist can work with you.

Are tips required for receiving a massage?

It is not mandatory for you to tip your massage therapist. On average, those who do feel they want to leave a tip give approximately 20%. Tipping depends on how satisfied you are with your massage. Levels of satisfaction would depend on how attentive your therapist was to your needs and how well they did. It is ultimately a personal choice on whether to tip or not.

What should I expect during a massage session?

Once you have checked in, your therapist will take you to a comfortable and quiet room. In this room, they will sit with you and discuss any areas of concern you may have. They may go over your medical history, ask you questions about any problem areas on your body, and see if you have any special requests.

When the massage begins, the light will be dimmed and if acceptable with you, they will play some soothing music. It is your choice whether to engage the therapist in conversation or not. Some prefer to lay quietly and relax, while others like to make small talk during their session.

What if I am embarrassed about my body?

If you are uncomfortable about any areas of your body, you can ask your therapist to avoid them. Massage therapists are focused on the condition and feel of your ligaments, joints, and muscles. They do not look for any abnormalities, nor do they make judgments if they should notice anything that looks different.

Will I experience discomfort after my massage?

If this is your first massage, you may experience some soreness in your muscles. This is normal and should only last a day or two. If the pain is extreme or continues longer than you think it should, you should contact your therapist and discuss your symptoms.

How can a massage benefit my health?

This form of treatment provides you with many health benefits. Massage therapy is able to relax your body when you are tense and under stress. It provides relaxation by decreasing your cortisol levels, which are responsible for sleeplessness, digestive problems, headaches, and even weight gain.

Receiving massage therapy also can also boost your energy levels and reduce your pain. When you undergo regular sessions, you can reduce your blood pressure levels. Studies show a consistent massage program can reduce both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Massage therapy is designed to target the source of your body’s pain and eliminate tense muscles, increase your flexibility, and relax your body. This therapy can improve your circulation and increase nutrients and oxygen to damaged tissues. Through this hands-on technique, you benefit from the pressure applied to move your blood through congested and damaged areas in your system. Massage therapy has these and countless other benefits for overall wellness.

Where can I go to get a massage in Amarillo?

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a massage, call the professionals at Back to Basics Massage Studio at (806) 322-3706. You can also Contact Us by email or visit us in person at 3714 Olsen Blvd in Amarillo, TX to learn about our services. We offer a variety of therapies including Cupping, Deep Tissue Therapy, Acupuncture, and Swedish Massage.