Massage Client Testimonials:

"My wife has been asking me for a long time to join her for a massage. I finally gave in. We went in together for a couples massage. Next time I may try Ashiatsu."
- John. McMinnville, OR

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503-560-9458

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503-883-9253


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Massage Questions: First Visit FAQs

1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
2. Where will my massage session take place?
3. What do I wear during the massage?
4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
5. How will a massage feel?
6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
7. Is a massage always appropriate?
8. How long will a massage treatment last?
9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

1. What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

Heidi will require you to fill out a health history form. You will be asked some general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. She may also perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition, and to see if you have any complaints.

2. Where will my massage session take place?

Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. Therapists may also have these tables heated.

3. What do I wear during the massage?

This can vary with the type of massage you are receiving. For a full body massage, most people disrobe completely. However, this is personal preference. You may choose to wear whatever you like. Clients at a Balanced Touch Massage are covered with a sheet throughout the entire massage.

Heidi will be able to tailor to your specific needs. Areas being treated are uncovered according to the treatment being done/ the area being worked on.

Couples Massage

4. What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?

Make yourself comfortable! Relax! If Heidi wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, you can change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.

Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.                     Back to top

5. How will a massage feel?

It usually depends on the techniques used. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.

Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the massage therapist can use another approach or technique.

6. Will the massage oils used make me break-out?

Most massage therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you are sensitive to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the massage therapist's attention. Most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.

7. Is a massage always appropriate?

No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The massage therapist will ask general health questions to rule out any contraindications you may have to massage.

It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your massage therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

8. How long will a massage treatment last?

The average full-body massage treatment lasts 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. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal benefit. Always allow yourself some relaxation time prior to and after the session.                                                                                                         Back to top

9. How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.