Frequently Asked Questions About Your Massage Appointment

Massage is a relaxing experience. In order to help you feel relaxed and comfortable, here's a little information about what to expect for your massage at Structural Therapeutics.

Should I do anything before my appointment?

What should I expect when I arrive?

Do I have to take off all my clothes?

What should I expect during my treatment?

What happens when we're finished?

Is there anything I need to do after my treatment?

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Q: Should I do anything before my appointment?

A: There are several things you can do before your appointment to make sure you get the maximum benefit from your massage. First, try to be relaxed. Get a good night's sleep before and avoid caffeine.

It's also helpful if you make a list of what's bothering you. If specific actions cause it to worsen or feel better and other helpful information.

Q: What should I expect when I arrive?

A: If you arrive a bit early for your appointment, let yourself in the door and have a seat in the lobby area. Your therapist will be out to meet you shortly. He or she may be finishing another appointment, so we appreciate you turning off your cell phone and enjoying the quiet.

Your therapist will guide you to one of the treatment rooms. If this is your first appointment, your therapist will ask about your history, physical issues you've had, what your goals are and generally get an idea of which treatment methods will be most effective for you.

Q: Do I have to take off all my clothes?

A: Please remove as much as you feel comfortable with. A sheet is provided for you to use, and your therapist will work around the sheet. At no point will you be fully uncovered.

We absolutely understand that modesty can be a concern, so please don't hesitate to communicate what you are comfortable or uncomfortable with to your therapist. He or she will make every effort to ensure that you are at ease and don't feel overexposed.

Q: What should I expect during my treatment?

A: After your initial conversation, your therapist will step out for a few minutes to let you disrobe. Place your clothing on the chair that's provided, lie down on the table and cover up with the sheet.

Your therapist will knock on the door and wait for you to give the "ok" to enter. If there's anything you would like adjusted, like the temperature or the music, this is a good time to say so.

The first few minutes will be exploratory, feeling around for tight and tender or painful spots. Don't hesitate to give feedback.

Trigger point massage or deep tissue massage isn't exactly the kind of bodywork that you'll fall asleep for. It might hurt, and it's important to keep a bit of a dialog going with your therapist and speak up if something hurts too much or doesn't feel right. Your therapist won't be offended if you say, "That's too much pressure," but we need to know so we can adjust.

Try to breathe deeply and steadily. It's beneficial to breathe through any pain or pressure, as it helps your muscles stay loose and release tension.

Q: What happens when we're finished?

A: Your therapist will leave the room. You might want to lie still on the table for a few minutes to allow your body to adjust and let go of any tension that's remaining.

Get dressed and come out to the lobby when you're ready.

Q: Is there anything I need to do after my treatment?

A: Drink plenty of water and don't do anything intense for a day or so (that includes cardio activity, lifting weights, playing sports, things like that). You might feel slightly nauseous; this is normal.

If you've had more intense trigger point work done, you will probably feel a little sore the next day. Again, that's very normal, but you should take it easy until the soreness has mostly abated. Your muscles may have been stretched and worked in ways they never have before, and they'll need a little time to recover.