Your First Massage

Natural Therapy Wellness Center McHenry Your First Massage

We strive to make your first massage a pleasurable event whether you are seeking pain relief, relaxation/ stress reduction or general health concerns.

Before your massage

Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and asked to fill out a health history form. This form is where you record your contact information, past/present injuries and other physical conditions we should be made aware of. Your massage therapist will greet you and review the intake form with you. They will inquire about the reasons you are coming in for a massage, your current physical condition and any specific areas in which you are experiencing pain or would like to address during your massage. This will help determine the type of massage that best fits your need.

Your massage therapist will then take you to a private treatment room with a comfortable massage table with a warming blanket and crisp clean sheets. Your massage therapist will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. Remember to remove all jewelry. Some clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Either option is fine. Once disrobed, you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet and blanket. The therapist will knock on the door before entering the room.

During your massage

You will always be draped with the sheet during your massage session. The massage therapist will only uncover the part of the body they are working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times. For most techniques, the therapist will use lotion or cream. If you have any allergies to nuts or oils, please let the therapist know.

We strive to provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience during your massage. The massage table is padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There is usually soft music and dim lighting to enhance the relaxing experience. An additional blanket or pillows are available at your request. Communicate with the therapist about anything that is uncomfortable: such as too much pressure, pain, cold room, table heater too warm, etc. Do not feel obligated to carry on a conversation while getting a massage – you are free to talk or not during a massage.

After your massage

At the end of the session, the therapist will leave the room. Get up from the table slowly and get dressed.

Upon payment, many people wonder about tipping for the massage therapist. Tipping is optional – not expected but always appreciated.

After your massage we encourage you to drink plenty of water. Refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours, unless your massage is designed for a pre-determined sporting event. Proper stretching is helpful in maintaining the increased flexibility that you will experience after your massage.

Some people may be a little sore after their massage, especially if it is your first massage in a while. The soreness is similar to exercise soreness and will usually subside in a day. We trust that you will find the increased relaxation, reduced muscular pain and improved ease of movement will make your massage session a wonderful enhancement to your physical health.