Kimberly Lowery, LMT
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at my first massage appointment?
Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form. Afterward, the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and what your goals for the session are. Be sure to inform the therapist of any health concerns including any allergies or skin sensitivities. You will be given privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.
This is YOUR massage session! Please speak up if you need anything changed, including the areas worked on, the pressure, your position, if you are too hot or too cold, even the style of music. Your therapist wants this to be an amazing massage experience.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable at. For a full body massage, most people get completely undressed or undress down to underwear. You will be covered by a sheet or blanket at all times except for the body part(s) being worked on. You will be given privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table. It is also acceptable to bring shorts and tank tops or other comfortable clothing to wear during your massage.
Are hypoallergenic lotions available?
Yes, if you have an allergy, sensitivities to fragrances, or have a preference for oil or lotion, please let your therapist know.
Will the massage be painful?
This depends on the type of massage and the pressure applied. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it. Massage does not need to be painful to be effective!
Can I talk during my massage?
If you would like to talk you certainly can, but you don't need to. Be sure to speak up if you need to change anything about the massage session. The important thing to remember is that you should relax and enjoy the experience. In many instances, some people may feel more relaxed talking for a few minutes at the beginning of their session and as the massage progresses, entering a quiet state of relaxation.