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Calgary Massage – Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions about our Calgary Massage Centre:

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit? We will ask you to complete a confidential health history form. Afterwards we will ask you some general questions to find out what areas you would like worked on during your massage and if there are any conditions needing to be addressed.

Where will my massage session take place? Your massage session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to encourage relaxation. You will lie on a comfortable table designed especially for massage.

What do I wear during my massage? We will give you the privacy to disrobe to your comfort level (to receive maximum benefits, we recommend that you disrobe to your underwear).  You will be covered with a sheet at all times, except the area being worked on.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable with the way you are draped/covered, please let us know and we will do all we can to ensure you feel comfortable during your massage session.

What do I do during my massage therapy treatment? Make yourself as comfortable as possible. Many people choose to close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s completely up to you; it is your massage, so whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax.  You are welcome to ask questions at any time during your treatment.

How will my massage feel? Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is used by most practitioners. Your session will start with broad, flowing strokes called effleurage to help you relax and relieve muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, deeper tissue massage may be used in the areas of muscular tension. If you feel discomfort at any time please let us know.

How long will my massage treatment last? Our full-body massage treatments last approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet, however if you choose this type of treatment we will ask you to pick out the areas you would like us to concentrate on.  For best results, we recommend a 60- to 90-minute massage session.

How will I feel after my massage therapy treatment? Most people feel very relaxed. After an initial period of feeling slowed down from their regular pace of life, many people experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days or weeks. Because toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage we recommend that you drink 2 glasses of water immediately following your massage. We also recommend a hot bath to encourage the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from your massage treatment.  This will help your body relax.

Is a massage always appropriate? No, there are several medical conditions that can make a massage inappropriate (it is called a contraindication). This is why we ask you to complete a health history form before we begin your session. We ask general health questions to make us aware of any conditions that could prevent us continuing with a treatment. It is very important that you inform us of any health problems or medications you are taking. For certain medical conditions, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. We may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

If you have any other questions about Relaxation Massage, Theraputic Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Prenatal Massage, Postnatal Massage or any questions about your current health benefits program, please let us know via email or phone call. We’re always here to help because we want to try and deliver the best experience we can in South Calgary!

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