What Happens In A Typical Massage Session?
The first session includes an initial consultation before we start the massage work. This includes details about your health and well being; your reason for why you are seeking massage, your experience of your condition/impairment and treatment that you are already receiving. I will suggest a treatment plan to best meet your needs – and make sure I have listened to your priorities – we then agree this plan together. I will also explain what is going to happen next.
Then we will carry out the massage. Massage is usually carried out directly on your skin in order to move more deeply and effectively into the soft tissue of the muscles – massage means literally to manipulate soft tissue. There are however, times when clients prefer not to, or might find it difficult to remove clothes – this is fine, I will adapt to meet those needs too. When you do remove clothes, you will be left on your own (unless you need help) to do so, wrap yourself in a towel and then lie on the massage table. You will always be covered throughout the session – apart from the area that we are working on.
Clothes do not need to be removed for Reiki. Reflexology requires the removal of socks and shoes only – and if this is difficult we can work on hands.
What if I can’t lie down? Massage may take place whilst you are sitting in your wheelchair, sitting in a chair or leaning against the massage table – it is all dependent on your needs and I adapt the session to meet them.
Beginning the ‘hands on’ work – this usually starts with the soft tissue in order to warm up the area ready for firmer and sometimes deeper work. This softer work also enables me to ‘palpate’ or feel the tissue under my hands – and identify where it might be held, tight, or tender. Depending on the reasons for massage, I will occasionally ask you about the depth of the massage – if it is too deep, or if we can do deeper – and how it feels to you, which informs me on how to proceed. The intention is not to cause ‘bad’ or sharp pain – though you may experience what we describe as ‘good’ pain – that ‘ahh, that feels good’ feeling! I may need you to be involved in some movement on the massage table too. When massage is about relaxation alone, all of this is less likely. I do not usually initiate any talking during the session except as I have explained above – but you can! It is your session – that’s the important element.
Getting dressed – when the massage itself has ended, I leave the room for you to get dressed and often offer advice on how to get up after the massage.
After the session we will talk about any aftercare which may be useful to you following your massage session (eg stretching, exercise, possible strategies for relaxing, how you are sitting etc).