Bodywork Massage Studios (Columbia) - Every BODY Needs Massage
1st Massage
What to Expect
 
If it's your first time visiting us, you will be asked some questions. You might be asked about the reasons you are getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, life style and stress level, experiences with specific areas of pain, and whether there is any specific need you want addressed during the massage therapy session.
 
  • First and foremost, we need to make sure there aren't any conditions present that rule out massage therapy due to any health risks.  

    *At this time I do not provide Prenatal Massage.  Also check the Contraindications tab to see if any apply to you.
 
  • Second, we need to know what your needs are regarding massage therapy and be sure both of us are clear about what your expectations and goals for the session are.
 
  • Third, the information you provide helps the therapist determine what techniques to use and how to structure the session.
 
Next, you will be asked to remove your clothing.   Your therapist will leave the room to provide privacy while you undress. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing.  A sheet is provided for draping during the massage. Your therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. You should also remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage.
 
The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table.  Based on your needs, your therapist will tell you what position to lie in on the table. The table has extra attachments, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck).  If you don't like using the attachments, ask your therapist to remove it or not use it.
 
Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. Your therapist may play music during the massage.  If you don't like music playing, ask the therapist to turn the music off.
 
Before the massage begins, your therapist may offer some advice that will improve the quality of your massage.  A common one is to breathe, especially if a sensitive area is being massaged.  You are not expected to talk during the massage.  If you want to talk, that is fine, but don't feel obligated to. Your therapist will use lotion or oil, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes.  If you are allergic to some lotions or oils, be sure to tell your therapist so you both can make sure the ingredients in the lotion do not bother you.
 
Depending on your needs, your therapist will massage either the full body or only specific areas that need attention.  For example, general relaxation or stress reduction sessions usually include all the major areas of the body, while a session for a localized injury, pain, or tightness will be focused on a specific area.  It is possible to spend most of an entire session on only one area.  If anytime you do not feel comfortable or you do not like a part of he massage, you have the right to ask your therapist to stop.
 
After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
 
Please let your therapist know in advance if you need to cancel your appointment. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy.