First Time Guide

Getting a massage for the first time can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn't have to be. By reading this guide for beginners or even new clients to our studio, we hope that you will gain an understanding of what to expect during your first massage at Northern Colorado Massage.

Preparing For Your Session:

Clients can schedule an appointment for a massage or facial either online, by phone, or in person. If you schedule over the phone make sure to let the receptionist know what type of massage you are looking for. You may not know what type of massage you want and that's ok, just let the receptionist know what you are looking to get out of this service. That way they can get you with the right massage therapist. When you first come in to our office you will be asked to fill out a short health history and privacy policy form. This is done so that we are made aware of any medical conditions that might affect your massage session. If you have any major medical issues, be sure to alert the staff as well as your therapist before your massage begins. We do recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment. This allows you to fill out paperwork and ask any questions you may have.

Before Your Massage:

Soon after your paperwork is finished you will be called by a therapist to begin your massage. He or she (your preference) will lead you back to a private room and briefly discuss what kind of massage you want, the pressure preference of the massage, any areas that you don't want massaged, etc. Feel free to explain to the therapist exactly what you want out of your massage so they can customize it based on your needs. We specialize every service to fit the clients wants and needs.


Privacy During Your Session:

After discussing your massage, the therapist will leave the room for a few minutes to allow you to undress and lay on the massage table. You only need to undress to your comfort level. Some people leave undergarments on, some just underwear, and some undress completely. No matter how much or little you are wearing, the massage table includes sheets and blanket that cover your private areas at all times. We do have a draping policy so the only area that is exposed is the area being worked on. We are a professional studio. We use draping techniques through out the massage with no exceptions and we do not tolerate any inappropriate behavior. 

During & After Your Massage:

During the massage your therapist will guide you through the session and massage each area as you discussed. Be sure to express at any time if the pressure level is too light or too deep. After the massage has ended you will be given another few minutes to get dressed. Your therapist will be waiting outside your room with water to assist your body in flushing the toxins released during the massage. Depending on what the massage therapist noticed during the massage he or she may give you some at home stretches or after care that would benefit your progress.

Checking Out:

Once the massage therapist has given you all the information you may need they will take you to the lobby. You can now head to the front desk to checkout. One of our receptionists will ask you how your massage was and how you are feeling. You will also be asked how you would like to pay for the massage and if you would like to add gratuity. Gratuity is not required but it is greatly appreciated by our therapists. You will also be asked if you would like to make a future appointment. Getting massage on a regular basis will help maintain the progress you have made with that service also body maintenance is very important for a healthier life style.

Finishing Your Session

That's it! You have just completed your first massage session.
After care for massage:

•You could be a little sore right after or even a few days after your massage. If it lasts longer than 2-3 days, please let us know at the next appointment so we can adjust the massage accordingly.
•Ice any areas that are sore or uncomfortable for 15-20 minutes, wait for about 2 hours then repeat. Ideally use a bag of ice or an ice pack, not frozen vegetables. Make sure there is a barrier between your skin and the ice. (a pillow case or kitchen towel work great!)
•Drink 2-3 more glasses of water than you normally drink in a day. WATER IS KEY to flushing all the toxins out of your body that get loosened up by the massage. The more water you drink after your massage the better you will feel.
•Stretch before you go to bed and when you wake up to get the circulation going and keep muscles loose.
•And you can always call our office and talk to your massage therapist if you have any questions or concerns.