DURING THE SESSION
After the practitioner has left the room, remove all clothing and jewelry, then slip under the covers. If you’re uncomfortable removing your underwear, just leave them on. The practitioner will understand and respect your modesty by uncovering only those areas currently being worked on.
Massages generally begin with the client lying face down on the table, unless otherwise instructed. All tables have an opening to place your head so that your mouth and nose are completely exposed and breathing remain normal.
Before entering the room again, the practitioner will knock and ask if you’re ready. During the massage, don’t hesitate to speak up if something is uncomfortable such as the pressure being applied (too much or too little), heat (too hot to too cold) or if an area is just more sensitive than expected. Asking for modifications is encouraged. Your practitioner is a certified professional and can adjust to accommodate personal preferences.
The time during a massage allows you to go into a deep state of relaxation and maybe even sleep, which is OK and happens frequently.
Halfway through the session, the therapist will ask you to gently change positions and turn over onto your back. At the end of the session, the practitioner will offer you to option of a hot towel service.
AFTER THE SESSION
Once the practitioner has completed the massage, they’ll leave the room. This is your time to take a few deep breaths, orient yourself before getting off the table and getting dressed. At reception you will be offered a water bottle to hydrate.
Plan on drinking at least two litres of water after the massage to help flush away the toxins. Depending on how much work was done during the treatment, some muscles might feel a little sensitive or even sore the next day. This is perfectly normal and is just a reflection of how much change the therapist brought to the muscles. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often a person gets a massage, the better they will feel and the more quickly one’s body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress are affected and released.