At your first appointment you will be required to complete a ‘health history’ form. Please arrive 10 minutes early in order to have time to complete this information thoroughly and without being rushed. Or click here to print the form and complete it ahead of time.
We will then spend some time discussing your current symptoms and goals for your massage therapy treatments. Some of the questions that I will ask you during our interview may seem unrelated to massage, however, please realize that the body is complex in its connections and that often something may seem unrelated when in actuality it is connected to the cause of your distress.
It is my job to thoroughly assess the puzzle pieces in order to plan your treatments most effectively. It is also my responsibility to modify your treatments in cases of contraindications or safety concerns, so a thorough inventory of your health is crucial in allowing me to provide you with the best care possible.
During our interview I will also be assessing your posture, the quality of your movements and may perform specific physical tests with you to help me clarify the potential causes of your pain and form the best plan for your treatment that day.
Your session may include the use of techniques that involve you being seated or standing as well as laying relaxed on the treatment table; I will guide you through the process as we go. I invite you to bring your attention to your breath as we work to help you relax and enjoy the experience of your body releasing tensions throughout your session. We will continue to communicate throughout our time together, as some techniques require your active participation in movement and awareness to best enable a release. As well, I will want to ensure that you are comfortable and that any questions you have can be addressed as needed.
Once our treatment time on the table is complete, I will leave the room and ask you to please take a moment to re-orient yourself to the room before getting up too quickly. I will meet you back out in the office area for a final check-in and to go over any homecare suggestions that may be useful for you.
When you leave the office, the work of our treatment will continue for several days! It is useful to remember this as you carry on with your day and week; tissues shift and breathe with newfound space, movement and possibilities of change.