What To Expect
We aim to make your massage as comfortable, helpful, and relaxing as possible.
If you're new to massage or would simply like to understand how we do things here at FWMC, you may find the following information helpful.
Before your massage begins, your therapist will ask you how they can help you or what you'd like worked on. If you have any particular areas of pain, tightness or soreness, please let your therapist know. All of our therapists are trained to be responsive to your needs and to tailor your massage accordingly.
After speaking with you, your therapist will leave the room and allow you to get undressed. Most therapists will recommend that you undress to your level of comfort. In general, it is most beneficial to either undress completely or to leave one's underwear on for a massage session. (For women who are comfortable, removing the bra allows the therapist to more easily access muscles of the shoulders and back that are often sore and in need of work.) After undressing, you are asked to get on the heated table and cover yourself with both a sheet and a blanket.
Covering yourself in this manner serves two purposes - it keeps you warm and comfortable and keeps both client and therapist within the appropriate ethical boundaries of a massage session.
After you have covered yourself on the table, the therapist will knock on the door to see if you are ready. After an affirmative from you, they will open the door and prepare to begin the massage.
During the session, the therapist will expose only the area of the body she is currently working on. You are encouraged to give feedback about pressure (less or more, etc.) and immediately tell your therapist if you feel any pain.
Though it can be fun to dialogue with your therapist (we think they're pretty great), we personally recommend that you refrain from chatting about anything that doesn't pertain to the feedback discussed above. This both helps you to feel the full benefits of relaxation in your session and allows your therapist to truly focus on your body and how best to help you. The end result is a better, more relaxing, and more effective massage.
At the conclusion of your session, your therapist will let you know that you've wrapped up and will leave the room to allow you to dress.