What to Expect During your First Visit with a Massage Therapist
Although each massage therapist’s process will vary, there are a number of things you can expect at your first appointment.
On your first visit to your massage therapist, you will need to complete a complete health history questionnaire. Topics on the form may include:
- Personal and family medical history
- Major illnesses you have experienced
- Surgeries or operations you have had
- Medications you are taking
- A description of your present condition
- The steps you have taken to manage your condition
- Your diet and exercise
- Your sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, and home life
From the information that you provide on this form, your massage therapist will determine which techniques or modalities are most appropriate to treat your condition and/or help you to achieve your goals.
Your massage therapist will then work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. You will be asked to sign a consent form, which will give your practitioner permission to begin treatment.
After the assessment, your massage therapist will lead you to your own private room with a therapeutic atmosphere. You should feel safe and comfortable. Your therapist will give you instructions as to how to get undressed appropriately and lie covered under the sheets on the massage table. Your therapist will leave the room to allow you some privacy while you do this.
When your practitioner returns, he or she will undrape only the area being treated. During the massage, it is normal to ask questions or bring up any discomfort. Your massage therapist will work with you to determine your pain threshold to ensure that he or she is working within your comfort zone.
After the massage is over, the therapist will leave the room to allow you to get up slowly and get dressed.
After your treatment, your massage therapist may discuss the first treatment with you, and ensure that you are happy with your new treatment plan. The frequency and duration of your following appointments will depend on your condition, preference, and goals.