Answers To Your Top Massage Questions

Whether you are experiencing body pain or you are looking for new ways to relax during these stressful times, therapeutic massage has lots of benefits! That said, if you are new to massage therapy, you may have a lot of questions before you get started.

At Therapeutic Body Concepts, we understand that any new experience can be intimidating, and that knowing the answers to some basic massage questions can be really empowering. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of commonly asked questions and their answers for you!

What Happens During A First Appointment?

When you book your appointment, you will be sent an intake form to fill out ahead of time. During your first appointment, your massage therapist will go over the intake form with you to find out your health history and what health concerns you have. Then your massage therapist will tell you how to position yourself on the massage bed and will leave the room. 

A few minutes later the massage therapist will knock on the door and will enter the room to start your massage. During the massage, the therapist will check in with you from time to time to make sure that you are comfortable and that the pressure they are using feels good. At the end of the massage, your massage therapist will leave the room again to let you get up and get dressed. 

Once you are dressed and ready to go, your therapist will check in with you about how you are feeling and may provide further instruction in relation to stretches or other homecare that will benefit you. 

How Much Clothing Do I Need to Remove?

During the massage, your body will be covered by a sheet and blanket. At any given time, only the part of your body that is being worked on will be exposed. For example, if your therapist is working on your back, then your hips and legs will be covered by the blanket. If one leg is being worked on then your other leg as well as your hips and back will be covered by the blanket. 

Many people feel most comfortable with their underwear on under the blanket, and some people feel more comfortable with their underwear removed. Whatever you decide to do, rest assured that our therapists are properly trained to drape your body with blankets for your modesty and comfort. 

Do I Need to Shave My Legs?

It’s really up to you. Your massage therapist won’t mind either way. Remember that their focus is on providing relief and loosening tight muscles. If you’re more comfortable when you shave your legs, then by all means do so, but please know that it’s not necessary. 

What Is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that helps to break down adhesions (tight bands of tissue) by applying slow, intentional strokes deep into the muscle. It is particularly beneficial for areas with long-term tension, such as necks, shoulders and low backs. 

Is There a Difference Between a Massage Therapist and a Masseuse?

While people often use these two terms interchangeably, registered therapists prefer to be called that – Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs). While the technical definition of a masseuse is “a woman whose job is to give massages,” it generally refers to women who massage with very little formal training. All of our massage therapists are RMTs, who have received formal training at accredited schools. 

How Many Massage Treatments Do I Need?

How many treatments are necessary depends on the specific needs of each client. The benefits of massage are experienced over time and are cumulative. If you’re dealing with long-term muscle tightness or are recovering from an injury, you are likely going to require more than one session. Your therapist can advise you about the best treatment approach for you in your specific circumstance.  

How Long Should I Book For?

Massage therapy sessions are generally booked based on length of time. Your massage therapist can best advise at your first appointment, but generally an hour long massage is the most common choice. An hour of time generally allows your massage therapist to do a full body massage. A ninety minute or two hour massage allows additional time to focus on problem areas. And a half hour massage may be appropriate if you have a specific area of concern, such as only a sore knee or a tight wrist. If you are unsure how long to book for your first appointment, give our front desk staff a call at 780-456-1868 and they can advise you.

Do You Still Have Unanswered Questions?

If you still have questions after reading this article, please reach out to us at We’ll make sure that your questions are answered before your first appointment, and with so many therapists as part of our team, we can find the perfect fit for you.

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