What happens during my massage therapy appointment?

When you arrive at our building you may wait in the first floor waiting area and we will meet you there a few minutes before your appointment time or you may also choose to proceed directly to our massage studio on the second floor. If the studio door is closed when you arrive, there is another session still in progress. Please return to the first floor waiting area and the massage therapist will meet you there once it is time for your appointment.

If it is your first time at Holistic massage of Hood River, you will be asked to complete a confidential client intake form. This takes approximately 5-10 minutes and provides the personal information necessary to determine the style of massage and treatment most appropriate for you. Please do not hesitate to ask questions if you are unsure about anything or have any concerns. For example, if you prefer a lighter or deeper massage, make that preference known. Although the massage therapist will discover your tight and sore areas during the course of the massage and will prioritize the time spent on these areas, telling your therapist about these problem areas now lets them prepare in advance.

Once you have completed the intake forms and discussed the massage treatment, the massage therapist will leave the room for a few minutes to give you privacy to undress to your comfort level. You will get on the massage table and underneath the sheet with your head at the end of the table which has the face rest, a cushioned doughnut-shaped device extending from the head of the table. Your massage therapist will knock on the door and ask if you are ready before re-entering the room.

The therapist will advise you whether to begin the massage lying on your stomach or on your back. If you begin on your stomach, place your head on the face rest. This allows you to be face down, while keeping your shoulder and neck muscles relaxed so you receive the most benefit from the massage. The massage table is heated, so please advise the therapist if you are too hot or cold during the massage and the temperature can be adjusted accordingly.

During your massage the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on to ensure your modesty is respected at all times. If you have any questions or concerns during the massage session, please let the therapist know.

Once your massage therapy session is complete, your therapist will leave the room, allowing you a few minutes to relax and get dressed. Once you are dressed, you may open the door and the therapist will re-enter the room.

Filtered water is available in the massage room. We recommend that you drink plenty of water after your massage to flush out any minerals that were released and to rehydrate your muscles.

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