I’m Leslie Forrester and I own Quality Life Massage Therapy. This blog post is about what to expect during a massage with me. Although there are currently a few other therapists who make this office their home, they rent from me and run their own businesses. If they weren’t good, I wouldn’t let them rent from me, and in some cases another therapist may actually be a better fit for you and what you need. But I can only really describe my own process, so read on.
What to expect
When you arrive at the office, I’ll have a brief intake form <<intake form >> for you to complete. We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for a massage and what you your goals are for the session. Are you having pain? Do you need to relax? What massage experiences have you had before?
I’ll show you the massage room and walk you through the massage process. We’ll talk about the massage cupping (optional but no extra charge) and the BodyCushion (helps keep you comfy on the table and your spine in correct alignment) and any other little things that are new. I’ll leave the room so you may undress, get on the massage table, and get comfortable under the draping sheet.
Most massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, what you wear it is entirely up to you. Simply put: bottom undergarment can be left on or taken off. You will be properly draped throughout the massage.
Because of the BodyCushion system, I usually have clients lie down face down so I can start the massage on your back. I typically use a light and unscented hypoallergenic lotion during the main part of the massage, to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. While I have scented essential oils, I don’t diffuse them into the air, and only add them into lotion in a very light concentration and will never use them without your prior permission.
During the massage
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the table and cushions. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any massage techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of discomfort and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective without causing injury. There’s usually something we can do to the area around where I’m working to alleviate most discomfort.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the table, or need another pillow, or if you just hate the music!
After the massage
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief. If you are ever very sore following a massage, (it’s rare, but it can happen) please call me so we can discuss the best course of action, and so that I can make notes to adjust your next massage.
I hope you enjoy your massage! You can schedule online with me here anytime.
After all, it’s not a Quality Life without a Massage.