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1. I’ve never had a massage before. What should I expect?
When consulting a massage therapist for the first time, it’s particularly important that you complete the questionnaire they provide you honestly. This will help your therapist manage your expectations and ensure they are delivering the results you want.
If no questionnaire is provided to you, then ensure you take some time at the start of your consultation to discuss your overall health and wellbeing and purpose for your visit. If you have any pre-existing injuries or other concerns, this is also the best time to talk to your massage therapist. Remember, at the end of the day, your first massage is all about you and what you wish to resolve at that visit or after a series of visits. It’s only through communicating with your therapist that you can ensure you are both on the same page.
If during your massage you have any concerns, you are encouraged to talk to your massage therapist. For example, many first time clients find they may select a certain pressure type, but during the massage decide that they want a firmer or softer pressure applied.
2. Do I have to take my clothes off?
Some people are discouraged from reaping the benefits of massage therapy because they are worried that they need to be completely undressed during a session. But rest assured, massage styles that require you to undress will:
- still advise you to leave you bra and underwear on; and
- practice ‘draping’, which is where towels or sheets are used to protect your modesty and ensure that you are never fully exposed at any one time.
It’s also worth noting, that some styles of massage don’t require you to take your clothes off. These styles require you to wear lightweight clothes and the massage is administered through your clothing.
3. What’s the difference between relaxation, remedial and sports massages?
A relaxation massage, or deep tissue massage, is suitable for chronic muscle tension and posture issues. For example, if you’ve been hunching over your desk all day, a relaxation massage is a great way to relieve aches and pains caused by poor posture. This massage style takes a full body approach and focuses on the deepest layers of muscle and tissue. To achieve optimal results, relaxation massage therapists apply firm pressure and the use of slow, deep strokes.
Remedial massage is also great for persistent headaches and tension that arise from hunching over your desk, but the focus here is more on specific parts of the body where the tension has built up. As such, you may have a remedial massage focusing on your head, neck and shoulders to relieve the pain and tension in those regions. The pressure used may vary from deep and firm to shallow and soft.
While deep strokes can be used in sports massage, it is not aimed at relaxing you. Instead, sports massage works to help athletes and professional sports people retain their optimal sporting performance, while also improving or maintaining flexibility as required. Sports massages are also used to manage and improve existing injuries or pain suffered by the client. A range of techniques like remedial massage, trigger point therapy and soft tissue and fascial release are used to achieve these goals.
4. Do I need to do anything during the massage?
There are a couple of instances when the flow of your massage may be interrupted, but don’t worry, this is to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from your massage.
Firstly, you may find that during your massage you don’t like the pressure used, or perhaps instrad of spending time on your arms you would prefer your massage therapist focused on your shoulders. These and more are great reasons to talk to your massage therapist during your massage. This will ensure that you enjoy your massage and you’re not in any pain or discomfort unnecessarily. The aim of your massage is to help you achieve the goal you set in booking the appointment, be it for relaxation purposes or to alleviate your tension headaches.
Secondly, your massage therapist may talk to you during your session to ask you to turn onto your stomach, back, side, etc. Or your therapist may advise you that they will be working on specific parts of your body and ask you if the pressure is okay.
Apart from these two examples, your massage shouldn’t require you to do anything, but enjoy!
5. Is a massage painful?
Different massage styles use differing levels of pressure and techniques. So if you are trying different massage types, or are new to the world of massages, you may find the pressure applied or the techniques used foreign. While this may mean that you feel some sensations as your massage therapist works through tight knots and tense muscles, or around injuries, you definitely should not be feeling sharp or excruciating pain. Please advise your Sydney massage therapist immediately if you feel something is not right. You are the best judge of your overall health and wellbeing and your massage should be a positive experience.
6. I like a lot of pressure applied during my massages. Is a male massage therapist better for me?
Some people may have a personal preference for a male or female practitioner, which is completely fine as you need to feel comfortable with the person giving you your massage. Having said that, there’s no reason to select a male practitioner simply because you want firm pressure applied.
How long should I expect to stay for my Sydney massage?
Most Sydney massage businesses offer a range of massage appointment lengths, which typically vary from 30-90 minutes. These are set out in the Sydney massage listings above.
In addition to the booked duration of your massage, we advise that you set aside around 15-20 minutes prior to your massage, especially if it is your first appointment. This will give you the opportunity to complete a questionnaire for your massage therapist or to have a chat to them about your aims, problem areas, concerns and overall health and wellbeing. Allowing for a little time after your session is also advised, as depending on your massage style, you may need to get changed, or simply gather your things before you leave.
7. How should I expect to feel after a Sydney massage treatment?
Some clients report feeling a heightened sense of wellbeing immediately after their massage, while others feel that they are a little sore from the work done to relieve them of tension and stress. Clients who feel a little achey after their massage typically report reaping the rewards of their massage over the next day or two. This is perfectly normal and part of the healing and recovery process.
Other reported benefits include feeling relaxed, sleepy, at peace, less stiff and more flexible or increased mobility.