Please plan to have your therapist at your home for slightly longer than your scheduled massage. It takes about 10 minutes for therapist to set up the table, but you can be filling out paperwork while she is setting up. You will at least need to complete the personal information and professional massage experience, health history, and medication list sections, and sign the agreements.
If you are experiencing pain, you may also need to provide the information required for the surgery list and injury list, but you can give that information to your therapist during the interview. If any changes occur in the future, you will need to tell your massage therapist before he or she gives you your next massage; he or she will update the information, and you can sign and date the form.
Your first pre-massage interview is generally the longest and will take approximately 30 minutes. The information provided will be reviewed, and additional questions about the information may be asked. Your therapist will also examine your standing posture to help determine which muscles need to be shortened or lengthened. If you are experiencing discomfort or pain, the therapist may ask you to perform slow and simple movements to see if specific muscles are the cause.
Your massage therapist may re-examine your posture after the massage. Additionally, you will be given some self-care advice, such as avoiding repetitive motions or working on posture that is causing discomfort or pain.