Augusta Maine Massage by Blue Owl Bodyworks, Heidi Dellaire, LMT Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Massage FAQS -
What to expect during your massage visit

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What should I expect in my first visit?

Your massage therapist will have you to fill out a health history form. After filling our your form, the therapist will ask you questions to determine what body areas you would like to address, if there are conditions that need to be discussed and  decide if massage is right for you. Your massage therapist may perform some assessments and tests to evaluate your symptoms.

Where will my massage/bodywork session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a heated, quiet room. Relaxing music may be played during your session. You will lie on a heated table(seasonally appropriate)  designed for your overall comfort.

What do I wear?

Depending on the techniques your therapist may use, you may or may not need to disrobe. For a full body massage, most clients undress completely. You may choose to wear underwear or disrobe to your comfort level.  You will b given privacy to undress when your therapist leaves the room. You will be fully covered with a sheet and blanket throughout your massage and only body parts needing to be worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will the therapist massage?

That is up to you. A standard full-body massage may include work on your feet, legs, hips, back, hands, arms, shoulders, neck and head.  Abdominal work is also available. Abdominal and hip work allows for a full-body connection between the lower and upper halves of the body.

What should I do during a massage?

Be as comfortable as you can be. Your massage therapist will want you to be like a cooked piece of spaghetti. They will move your limbs and you do not need to assist the therapist unless asked.  Most people close their eyes in order to relax completely during a massage session.   Others people may want to talk. It is your choice. It is your massage and whatever feels right for you is the best way to find relaxation. Ask questions if you have them.

What will a massage feel like?

It depends on the massage techniques used by the therapist. Many massage therapists use Swedish massage, which is a baseline for massage therapists. Generally, your massage session may start with broad, sweeping strokes (effleurage) that calm the nervous system and relax muscle tension. As you become relaxed, the pressure will be increased to further relax specific tense muscle areas. Often, oil. lotion or gel  is used to allow the therapist to massage your muscles  without causing too much friction to the skin.  Ask questions or tell the therapist if you feel  discomfort so that the therapist can use adjust the techniques. .

Will I have a reaction to the oils used?

Most  therapists use hypoallergenic massage gels, lotion or oils.  If you have sensitivity to certain nut oils or lotion please tell the massage therapist. a Most massage therapists have a variety of oils and lotions to choose from. There will be times when no lubricant will be used. Therapists tend to use a small amount lotion to better grasp the soft tissue. 

Is a massage appropriate for all medical conditions?

No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history form before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require approval from your doctor.

How long will my massage last?

60 minutes is about how long the average full-body massage will last. A half-hour massage only allows time for a partial session, such as head, neck and shoulders, back or legs. Many people choose a 60, 75 or 90 minute session to attend to problem areas.  Try to allow yourself relaxation time before and after your massage.

How will I feel after my massage?

Most people feel extremely relaxed. Some people experience a release from  their aches and pains acquired from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of relaxation, people may have a heightened awareness,  increased energy, and greater vitality for days.  You may want to drink plenty of room temperature water after your massage to keep your body hydrated.  

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