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On your first visit you will complete a confidential client intake form. Your therapist will assess and create a treatment plan for you. At this time it is important to inform your therapist if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. To fully understand your position your Massage Therapist listens to your concerns and your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your situation. With your health history information your therapist will develop a treatment plan with you so you receive the appropriate treatment that will help you return, as much as possible, to your normal activities.
You only need to take off only as much clothing as you’re comfortable removing. You can leave your undergarments on if you choose, as massage can be done through clothing. The massage therapist will give you privacy while you undress and leave the room. During the massage, the therapist will use a sheet or towel to drape the parts of your body that are not being massaged.
A massage is meant to be relaxing and we want you to be comfortable at all times. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell us what you would like to be changed. Your comfort is important to us!
It is best to not eat for at least 90 minutes before your massage treatment and only a light meal at that time. The body needs time to digest food. This is the same caution you would take when you go swimming or exercising. The digestion process directs the blood flow away from your peripheral tissues and concentrates it on digestive tract. Massage draws the blood flow to the area tissues being worked on, therefore drawing the blood away from the digestive tract causing poor digestion and possible discomfort.
There is no requirement to have a referral to see a Registered Massage Therapist.
It is important to let your massage therapist know (this will be one of the questions on the client intake form you will be asked to fill out on your first visit). Massage therapy is not recommended for people who have hemophilia.