First Massage? What to expect:

Massage therapy is increasingly being recognized as a healing alternative within the health-care industry. Many Americans are beginning to try massage therapy for the first time and are unsure of what to expect or how to prepare for their first treatment. Not to worry!  Here is informative FAQ list just for you.

Q: What should I expect during a session? A: Your massage session will take place on a comfortable, heated massage table. Dim lighting and quiet music will promote a soothing environment. When you arrive, you'll fill out a health intake form, and discuss with your therapist what you'd like to focus on during your session. After a short consultation, your therapist will leave the room to give you time to undress, get on the table, and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket. You can leave your undergarments on, if it makes you feel more comfortable. During the massage, you will remain completely covered, except for the body part that is being working on. After your session, your therapist may suggest stretches or strengthening exercises to help maintain the benefits of your session.

Q: What kind of massage will I be getting? A: We provide therapeutic medical massage, which means that our sessions are tailored to focus on individual health issues. We treat specific injuries and ailments such as TMJ dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder pain, lower back tension and muscle ache. You can choose to focus the full session on just your Back, Neck and Shoulders, for example, if you're having issues mainly in your upper body. We employ a combination of therapeutic Trigger Point Work, Deep Tissue Massage, and Swedish Massage to help you feel your best.

Q: What should/shouldn't I eat? A: It's best to wait a couple hours after eating a large meal before getting a massage, however a light snack is fine.  Avoid caffeinated drinks the day of your massage, and try to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Q: What should I wear? A: Dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing, and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes which may undo your awesome massage work.

Q: Who's going to be massaging me? A: At Massage Williamsburg we have 8 specially trained New York State Licensed Massage Therapists, who are graduates of the Swedish Institute. If you have a preference or a favorite therapist you can request a them for your session when you call our office.

Q: How often should I come in for a massage? A: The frequency of your sessions depends on your schedule, budget, and individual needs. Most of our clients come into the office a couple times a month, and we also have regular weekly clients. As Rachel likes to say "You wouldn't wait for your car to break down before you change the oil". Preventative care is important in maintaining your health.

Q: Anything Else I should Know?

Always feel comfortable being verbal with your therapist and let them know about the pressure or if something feels uncomfortable. Right before your massage try to turn your cell phone off, not only will this enhance your massage but it will show courtesy and respect towards other clients in our facility. If you loved your session, show your support by writing a review of your therapist on our Yelp.com page or Citysearch page.

Thanks and we look forward to giving you your first massage!