How to Arrange an at Home Massage Therapy Session

Mobile Massage is a growing trend. It's great receiving a massage session at home. Setting this up is easy, but most people don't know how to go about it.

Steps

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    Find a reputable Mobile Massage Therapy Service. You can search on Google for 'At Home Massage' or 'Mobile Massage'. To get more specific results for your location , try 'Mobile Massage NJ' if you live in New Jersey, or 'At Home Massage LA' if you live in Los Angeles.
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    Check out the Mobile Massage websites. Does the company offer what you want? Some specialize in Couples Massage, Prenatal Massage, or even geriatric or kids massage. Do they seem professional? Is their focus in line with your own philosophy regarding health and wellness?
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    Contact the Mobile Massage Service. You can e-mail, but we suggest always calling and speaking with someone before your session. It's just best in gauging whether you really like the company. Also, you can have your questions answered by a real person, in real time.
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    Book the session. Find a time that's good for you. Allow some time before to relax. Don't get a massage on a full stomach; wait at least an hour or so.
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    Select an area where you'd like to receive the massage. Nothing special necessary, just find a room that can fit a massage table or mat. If you're getting a side-by-side Couples Massage, find a space that's good for both tables or mats to fit.
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    When the therapist arrives, tell her about your preferences, in terms of background music, pressure, technique, aromatherapy oils, and anything else that you know would make the session more enjoyable and relaxing for you.
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    The therapist, or therapists if you have chosen a side-by-side Couples Massage or 4-Hand Massage, will need to set up their table or mat, and any other massage equipment they have brought.
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    While setting up, it'd probably most polite to offer the therapists a glass or bottle of water. They will appreciate it very much during the session, and it will allow them to work harder.
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    When they're done setting up, the therapists will ask you to disrobe. They will tell you whether to begin face-up or face-down.
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    Disrobe while the therapist(s) are washing up. The therapist will give you a few minutes to get comfortable.
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    You can keep your clothes on, disrobe partially, or disrobe fully. Most clients prefer to keep on their underwear, but you will be 'draped' at all times under a sheet. That means that the only part of you exposed is specifically where the therapist has lifted the sheet, and is working.
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    Be sure that you specify whether to use massage oils, creams, or lotions, and that the therapist knows of any skin allergies that you have. If you opt for an oil-less massage, you may keep on all your clothes, though they may get wrinkled.
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    There will be a sheet on the table or Shiatsu mat. Get under it.
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    If the therapist doesn't ask, volunteer this important information: what areas require attention, and whether or not you have any health conditions, or whether you've had any surgeries or past or current injuries.
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    Provide feedback as the session progresses. If something hurts in a bad way, tell the therapist immediately. Don't feel shy; it's your right and duty as a client.

Tips

  • If you live in an apartment, you may need to temporarily move furniture to fit.
  • If the company offers more than one therapist, you may request a therapist that you liked by name.
  • Remember that your therapist will need time to set up, clean her hands, and then clean up.

Warnings

  • Be sure that you are booking with a legitimate and established Mobile Massage Company.
  • Be sure they are insured.
  • *Be sure it's not 'illicit services' posing as Therapeutic Massage Practitioners in order to avoid the law!! When you book the session, you should know right away if the place is legit. They hide that sort of shady business, but not so well that their clientele can't find them. If it seems weird, it may well be something entirely different than what you're looking for. Call somewhere else!
  • Be sure they are experienced.

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Categories: Spa Treatments & Massages