Five Tips to Get the Most From Your First Massage

You want a massage...but have so many questions-If you haven’t had a massage before, or you haven’t had a massage at Clarity, here’s some important tips that’ll make your first visit with us relaxing and enjoyable.

  1. You don’t have to take your clothes off. That’s right. If your preference isn’t to take your clothes off then that’s quite all right by us. However, please know that we respect your privacy and have towels, sheets and blankets at the ready from the start of your treatment until the very end.
  2. Massaging close to personal parts of your body is something we’re very careful about. When treating your back, the therapist will likely tuck the towel a certain way to protect your underwear and reveal the top of your glutes, also known as your iliac cleft or, most commonly … the plumber’s crack. Fear not! It’s just so that we can work on important areas of your back. We’re going to steer clear of all your personal parts and if anything makes you uncomfortable, all you have to do is speak up. We will quickly accommodate your wishes and requirements. We want you to feel comfortable throughout the treatment.
  3. Talking and other communication. Talking or not talking is entirely up to you. Your massage is your time, if you would like to engage in conversation with your therapist you are most welcome to have a chat. Other than asking medical history queries, specific body questions or checking on pressure, etc., the therapist should not badger you with conversation. If you find that this is occurring and you would prefer silence, please just say so. Feel comfortable to say that you would prefer just to relax and tune out. That, or fake sleeping. Either are effective And hey, if you snore, we won’t mind in the slightest!
  4. Making sure you’re comfortable during your treatment. Some types of massage can be uncomfortable, but you are your own best advocate. Sometimes short term, mild-discomfort equals long term gain. Your therapist should check in with you regularly to ensure that the pressure is comfortable or adequate for you, and if they do not, you are welcome to speak up. We understand grunts, groans, swear words and ‘ouch’! We will immediately adjust our treatment accordingly.
  5. Oil and other options. The style or type of massage you have will dictate whether oil is used. If you have a concern about oil on your hair or skin, please let the therapist know.

The most important thing to remember is: we love being asked questions and we love your feedback. It helps us do what we do best; make sure your treatment is everything you want it to be. This time is dedicated to your body and we want you to make the most of it! Your qualified, reputable practitioner will help you breath, relax and re-energise.

We look forward to your visit at Clarity!

Sarah Watson
Managing Director of Clarity Wellness Centre

Clarity Admin

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