What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You will be asked to fill out a health history form and asked 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.
Is massage covered by health funds?
Yes, remedial massage is covered by most health funds. The gap payment will depend on the cover you have chosen with your particular health fund. Hicaps is available for your convenience, please make sure you bring your health fund card on the day.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You will be asked to undress the areas that are to be worked on during the treatment, always leaving your underwear on. The therapist will always leave to room to give you privacy while you undress and get settled on the table with a towel draped over you. During the treatment only the areas being massaged will be exposed, leaving the rest of your body covered with a towel.
What do I do during a Massage treatment?
Most people like to close their eyes and relax during a treatment, while others prefer to talk. The important thing to remember is that this is your massage, so please let the therapist know if you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold.
How long will a Massage treatment last?
The average massage treatment lasts approximately one hour, this can be a full body massage or a deep tissue massage concentrating on particular areas. There are half hour sessions available but most people prefer 60 – 90 min sessions for optimal relaxation.
Will the Massage hurt?
This will depend on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A full body relaxation massage doesn’t involve going too deep into the muscles so it shouldn’t hurt. A remedial/deep tissue massage involves the therapist working out the knots and tension through your muscles which can be painful but for most its a feel good pain. The therapist will only work to a depth that you are comfortable with, if at any stage the pressure gets to much let the therapist know and they will back off.
How often should I get a massage?
It varies from person to person. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it make take several.
If you are looking for some occasional relaxation, then every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. If you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment once they have a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.