What to Expect From Your First Massage With Jaci
By Jaci Delahanty
Whether this is your first therapeutic massage or you are a seasoned receiver of massage, you may feel a little curious or even anxious about going to a new massage therapist. Every massage therapist is slightly different, but here is a good idea of what you can expect from me.

On your first visit, you’ll be given an intake form to fill out. This gives me some information on what you would like me to focus on in your session – massage for relaxation, stress relief, injury, chronic pain, etc.. It also gives me information about any medical conditions you might have. It is very important that you fully disclose medical conditions to your massage therapist, because certain medical issues will dictate the type of work you receive, and some conditions require a physician’s consent before treatment.

After the paperwork is done, you will enter a small, relaxing room to receive your massage. Expect dim lighting, candles and soft music. If by chance you do not care for the music being played it can always be changed. I also invite you to bring in a CD of your choice if you prefer. I will explain how you will lay on the table under a sheet and blanket. Positions could be face down, on your back or lying on your side. I also have a heated pad on the table if you would like extra warmth.

Most people completely undress during their massage, but some people are more comfortable leaving their underwear on. Most importantly, your massage is all about your comfort zone. A sheet will drape your body, except for the area that is being worked on, at all times. Genitals, and women’s breasts, will never be exposed during a session. However, there are several modalities of massage that can be done on a clothed body, or through a sheet – please ask about these if you feel more comfortable staying dressed. Classically, massages utilize oil or lotions, but if a client is clothed or requesting a massage through the sheet, no oils or lotions are used.

For typical sessions, I use organic jojoba oil that is very good for your skin. It is light and does not feel heavy or greasy on your skin after your massage. I also provide a towel for you to wipe off any excess oil after your session should you feel the need. I can substitute lotion by request. The oil can be lightly scented with essential oils, or left unscented if you prefer. I love to use blends of lavender and geranium for relaxation and balancing, lemongrass for detoxifying, or eucalyptus for decongestion. If you have a favorite essential oil scent, let me know. Facial and scalp massage are very relaxing – but if you are going out after your session, or are wearing face make-up, you can let me know to avoid these areas.

I will ask what type of pressure you like to receive — light, deep or something in between. If you are unsure, we can discuss it. At any point during the session you can ask for the pressure to be adjusted. Please take part in your comfort, because only you know if you need more or less pressure, and I want you to be happy with your experience. Some people think no pain/no gain, and that certainly is not necessarily true. If the pressure is so deep that you are tensing up your muscles and are unable to breathe through the work, the purpose of relaxing them is being defeated.

Also, be advised that deep-tissue work can cause muscle soreness that can last for up to a day afterward – a soreness that is similar to what you feel after you have had a good workout. If you experience this, it should dissipate by the end of the next day and leave you feeling the benefits of the massage. As with a workout, remember to drink lots of water after your massage. Not everyone experiences soreness, but if you do, please advise me at your next session so that we can make adjustments.

Some people will also experience symptoms of detoxification after a massage – nausea, dizziness or headaches. Massage milks your muscles of toxins and waste, and brings in fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscles – so, again, be sure to drink lots of water after your session to aid in this flushing process. Epsom salt baths are very soothing post-massage, and ice packs are useful for soreness the first 24 hours after deep-tissue work.

Some people like to close their eyes during their session, quiet themselves and just relax. Others like to ask questions or talk about their lives. Either is fine with me. I might have specific questions about your body as we go along but other then that, I am very comfortable working in silence. On the other hand, if you would like to talk during your session, I am happy to do so.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about any of the massage modalities I offer and to discuss how they would work for your body and needs.

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