What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You will be e-mailed a client intake form that you will be required to fill out prior to your treatment. Afterward, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and determine if massage is appropriate for you.
Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
What is included in the session time?
A session consists of massage, time for you to dress and undress and time to communicate with the therapist to make your massage truly customized. This is done to ensure each and every massage session you receive from Equilibre Massage meets or exceeds your expectations.
How early should I arrive for my massage?
New clients should arrive 10 minutes prior to their massage to meet with their therapist prior to their treatment. Returning clients should arrive 5 minutes prior to their session.
Which massage is right for me?
During your meet with your therapist you will discuss what the goals for your session are. This is when your treatment plan and the ideal massage will be discussed.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable with. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session leaving your underwear on, that is fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as they can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session. Your massage therapist will step out of the room to give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet?
Draping is mandatory – it’s the law. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. The genitals and breasts (women and men) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman’s abdomen, a second sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet can be moved to expose the abdomen.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
Most importantly, there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you, speak up! It’s OK!
How long will a massage treatment last?
All massage treatments begin and end on time. You are more than welcome to arrive 10 minutes early for your session to allow time to get on the table without interfering with your scheduled time.
60-Minute, 90-Minute & 120-Minute Massages: The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour or longer if you choose.
Many people prefer a 60-120 minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that does not probe very deep into the muscles, should not hurt. With that being said, there is a ‘feels good’ hurt and an ‘ouch, stop it’ hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the ‘feels good’ hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body’s natural response, not against it.
How often should I get a massage?
“Something is better than nothing.” What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 60-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
Some clients book weekly massages, others do bi-weekly, up to a month out. I recommend you schedule ahead of time to ensure you get the most convenient day and time that works in your schedule.
When should I not get a massage?
There are a few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That’s it.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e., arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e., cuts or burns). With some conditions, it is a good idea to get approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This does not mean you cannot get a massage. But it’s always better to be cautious.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.
How many sessions will I need?
Honestly, it’s hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body’s tissues.
Do I have to listen to meditation music or new age music during my massage?
No. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) While many therapists play slower, quieter, ‘new age’ type of music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be played while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why would it not do the same during your treatment? It is perfectly okay for you to request a specific playlist.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day – much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session, you should increase your water intake. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body’s tissues hydrated and healthy.
Am I expected to tip my massage therapist?
Tips are never expected but always appreciated. If you have received exceptional service and would like to show your appreciation to the therapist, the average tip ranges between 10-25%. However, from the therapist’s perspective, it is always nice to receive the compliment of a “thank you for good service” gratuity. If paying with a credit card or check, the tip can be added to the total.
What If I Need the Restroom?
Going to the bathroom before the massage begins is ideal, but if you need to urinate during the massage, be sure to let the massage therapist know. Holding it for the duration of the massage isn’t comfortable or conducive to relaxing.
What If I’m Ticklish?
Let your massage therapist know if you’re ticklish before your massage begins. Usually, firm, slow pressure (and avoiding certain spots) can keep you from feeling ticklish during a massage.
What If I Need to Pass Gas?
From a massage therapist’s perspective, it is far better to pass gas during the massage (often a sign that you’re relaxed) than to clench your gluteal muscles during the massage to hold it in. Passing gas during a massage is normal and nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you’re really uncomfortable doing it, you can always excuse yourself to go to the bathroom.
What if I fall asleep and snore or drool?
It is very common for guests to fall asleep during their massage. If you snore or drool, don’t worry, your massage therapist has definitely seen this before and will not judge. We love seeing you so relaxed!
What if I have body acne, skin conditions, or forgot to shave?
Rest assured, massage therapists have seen and felt it all! Please do not feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. Your massage therapist is focused on creating a relaxing and therapeutic experience for you, and you cannot relax if you are anxious about your body’s appearance. If anything, your therapist may be able to make product or technique recommendations to help alleviate any conditions that may be bothersome to you.
What is the proper term for a person who gives massages?
A massage therapist. To provide massage in Iowa, an individual must be a licensed massage therapist, which requires substantial training and adherence to a code of ethics.
Why do I feel dizzy after a massage?
Massage moves around a lot of body fluid and you have been in a stationary position for a while. When you move, especially suddenly, you will get light headed or dizzy. This should go away very quickly.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Call me, Text me, or Book online! This is the best and fastest way to book an appointment. 712.800.0434.
Is same day appointment available?
Sometimes, but usually it will be 3-7 days before I have an opening.
What if I am late arriving at my appointment?
If you’re running late for your appointment please let us know! We will give you whatever time we can however, we will not give you the full time and cut into the next persons start time. If you prefer to cancel your appointment late you can do that but you will be charged half the cost for the late cancellation in accordance with our policies.
What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment?
Please call to cancel or reschedule any appointment. We do have a 24 hour cancellation/change policy. We ask that you give us at least 24 hours notice to change, cancel, or move your appointment so we have a chance to refill that time slot. Less than 12 hours notice there will be a fee of half the cost of the missed appointment.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, credit, debit, HSA/FSA cards, Cash app, Apple Pay, and Facebook Pay.
What should I do after I receive a massage?
Relax, drink water, and have a great rest of the day!
How will I feel after a massage?
This varies from person to person. Most people feel great, relaxed, and have reduced pain issues. Some people will feel a little achy from the work but this will go away within 24 hours and you will be left feeling fantastic!
How Should I Dress for my Massage Therapy Treatment?
How much or little you wear is up to you! You will be professionally draped and covered at all times during your massage. If you wish to leave your undergarments on, that is totally fine. If you are having a mat Thai session or a full body stretch session please wear clothes that you can move around comfortably in as you will stay clothed for the entire session.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Relax and allow the therapist to move around your legs and arms as needed. You’re welcome to talk to your therapist or let them know you’d like a quite session without talking.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
The health experts at National University of Health Sciences presents the top five health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health and wellness strategy. Massage therapy from a licensed practitioner can:
- Lower stress
The long-term effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
- Increased Immune Function
Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
- Boost Mental Health and Wellness
Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected by massage therapy.
- Pain Management and Improved Range of Motion
Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent findings highlight the role of massage in pain management.
- Improved Physical Fitness
Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy – massage can reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance, and prevent injuries.