Health Intake for New Clients
Before My Session:
Make sure it is a good time for you to have a massage. Reschedule your visit if have a fever, skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massage can affect the dosage needed).
In the days before your massage, drink plenty of water.
Do not eat just before your massage.
Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
Lacie will ask you to fill out a health intake and sign HIPPA and consent disclosure. To ensure that you have the most amount of time on the table at your massage, please complete a health intake form prior to your first appointment! Be honest and upfront about your health. You should also let her know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines you are taking because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows a therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
Lacie will ask you questions to better design a session that meets your needs and goals within the time allotted. Let her know what areas of your body you would like worked on, if there are any areas to avoid, and if you have any techniques that you would like to use or avoid. If you are concerned about undressing, discuss it with Lacie, who will be able to offer you some options. Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. All information you give is confidential.
Lacie will outline what will happen in the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level.
When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet and blanket. Lacie will knock before re-entering.
During the Massage:
You will be covered with the sheet and blanket throughout the session- only the current body part being worked on will be exposed. Genitalia, breasts and any other areas you identify will never be exposed.
Be as open to the process as you can. Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels. Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can't seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.
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