What Happens During A Typical Massage Therapy Session? A typical massage therapy session lasts from 30 to 90 minutes. Your therapist will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. The therapist will discuss with you the focus and scope of the session and both of you will agree on what will be addressed during the massage. You set your own limits and communicate them clearly to the therapist.
You will be asked to undress to your comfort level (many people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table. The massage therapist will knock on the door to make sure you are ready. The massage therapist re-enters the room and will then adjust the face rest and pillows to ensure that you are comfortable and properly positioned. Tell the massage therapist if you are too warm or cold.
You will be underneath the sheet at all times. In North America, only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered. The massage therapist uses a light oil or lotion on the skin and begins the massage. Depending on the agreement reached between you and your therapist, the massage may or may not address the back, legs, feet, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, abdomen and face.
After the massage, the therapist leaves the room so you can get changed. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. After you are dressed, the therapist will conduct a brief post-session assessment and discuss plans for future treatment with you if necessary.
Each massage is custom tailored to fit your therapeutic needs and different types of massage may be used in combination.