Receiving your first professional massage can be a delightful and enjoying experience if you let yourself relax and have become familiar with what to expect prior to your first time. Obviously, if you’ve never had a professional massage before you might be a bit nervous about the intimacy of the whole thing. But not to worry, any jitters or second guessing will usually dissipate quickly as soon as the masseuse gets going. Of course, you’ll want to choose a trusted spa that has a reputation for providing excellent massage therapy services, but other than that you really can’t go wrong with a professional massage if you choose the right person for the job. With that said, in the following paragraphs we’ll look at a few things you might expect to encounter when receiving your first professional massage:
Friendly Welcoming and Accommodations
The first thing you should notice upon entering the spa is that the staff should be eager to welcome you and let you know how you can get started with your massage. Sometimes you’ll have the opportunity to pick the person who you’d like to receive the massage from, as many spas do understand that clients have preferences for a specific hand size or roughness. Be sure to let your massage therapist know your preference and don’t be afraid to ask them to massage more lightly, or in a different area, if that is what you’d prefer.
The Initial Interview
Most spas will also ask you a few basic questions before beginning a massage, including information about any prescription medications you’re taking, or whether you have any medical history or conditions that should be noted. The massage therapist may also want to know if you have any sensitive or painful areas that they should avoid during the course of the massage. After asking these questions the therapist may then explain what you should expect from the session and instruct you to lie down on the massage table when you’re ready.
Draping and Relaxation
After laying down on the massage table you’ll usually be draped in a large sheet, although this is sometimes optional, depending on the venue and location. Of course, Maui massages at a Hoola Spa are probably a bit more liberal than a New York office-style spa but it all really depends on your preference. As the massage therapist works on different parts of your body they will uncover only that area of the body. Since you’ll be laying face down, the therapist will have to assist you in positioning the drape to keep you covered as appropriate.
Music and Soft Talk
To enhance relaxation many massage therapists will also play some meditative music. Be sure to tell them if you don’t like the music they’re playing, or if you’d rather play your own. You should expect your massage therapist to speak softly and in a relaxing tone. Massage therapists take classes to learn how to help their patients relax during sessions.
Getting the Most Out of Your First Massage
Finally, you never want to leave your first professional massage feeling like you’ve been ripped off. Which is exactly why it’s important to choose the right spa and make the most of the process the first time around.