A Thai Bodywork session is intended to be a calm, relaxing and therapeutic experience. But if it’s your first Thai Bodywork session, you may feel a little nervous about what to expect. Don’t let that anxiety hold you back though. With a little information about what to expect, you’ll walk into your first Thai Bodywork session feeling like a confident pro!
Expect a lot of questions at your first Thai Bodywork session. I’ll need to know a little bit about your health history and what your goals are for the session. You can choose to complete an online form in advance of your session, or complete it during the free 15-minute consultation time I offer to all new clients. Your clear and honest answers will help me create the best session possible for you.
We’ll talk about why you’re coming in for Thai Bodywork and what your goals are for the session. For example, are you in pain? Or do you need to relax?
I’ll show you the treatment room, explain how I work and what the session will include. I will check if there is anything you are not comfortable with, or if you have any preferences based on massage or Thai Bodywork you have received before. We’ll decide together what to prioritise in the session. If you’re wondering at this stage why the massage table isn’t set up, that’s because Thai Bodywork is carried out on a padded mat on the floor.
Expect to Dress or Undress to Your Level of Comfort
What does that mean exactly? Many people worry about having to be undressed for a massage.
The great thing about Thai Bodywork is that most of the techniques are carried out while you are fully clothed. You can choose to change into a t-shirt and Thai trousers that I provide. Or you can arrive in, or change into, your own clothes. If you bring your own clothes, make sure it’s something you can move easily in, and preferably cotton clothing in a dark colour to prevent potential staining from the warm herbal compresses.
I ask you to keep on your pants/knickers/shorts. If you wear a bra/binder/top, you can choose whether or not you prefer to keep this on under your t-shirt or vest.
Cupping, scraping, belly massage, spinal nerve treatment, and the application of herbal balms and liniments is done directly onto bare skin. Your consent will always be sought, and the process explained, for any treatments that require you to temporarily remove clothing. Your privacy and comfort is my priority.
I’ll leave the room so you can change your clothes and/or take a few moments to get comfortable. I won’t come back into the room until you tell me you are ready. And what about socks? It’s entirely up to you whether or not you want to keep your socks on. If you leave them on, I’ll usually assume you want to keep them on throughout the treatment. If you take them off, I’ll usually cover your feet with a blanket after I’ve finished working on them, or ask you to put your socks back on. Again, it’s your session so you get to decide about your socks!
Expect More Communication
When I come back into the room, I’ll help you get comfortable with cushions and blankets. Don’t be afraid to adjust and fidget as needed during the massage to stay comfortable.
It’s great if you can let your body relax and sink into the mat. If I need to move your arms or legs, etc, I’ll do the work! This takes practice, and you’ll probably try to help me the first few times. This is no problem. As you become familiar with some of the techniques, and as you increase your capacity to relax your mind and body, you’ll soon find yourself like a rag doll on the mat.
It’s really important for you to tell me if any bodywork techniques I use cause pain. Pain is not okay. There may be a certain level of intensity and ‘good ache’ if we’re working on a problem area. It’s important that you tell me about that, too, so we can tailor the massage to be most effective.
I’ll check in with you as we go, but please speak up if you become too warm or too cool, if you are not comfortable on the mat, or need another pillow or blanket, or if you just hate the music! I’ll tell you when the massage is over and leave the room so you can slowly get up and get changed.
Expect Some Final Instructions
You should expect to feel mellow and relaxed after your massage. If we addressed a problem area, it may feel a little bit sensitive for a day or two. If we addressed pain issues, you may immediately feel a reduction in pain, or it may take a day or two before you feel that relief.
We’ll talk about how you feel after your session, and I may show you some self-care stretches or share some tips to keep you feeling great between appointments. We can also talk about how frequently you may want to get Thai Bodywork to address any specific issue, or simply to keep feeling great. You can make the most of your first Thai Bodywork session by knowing what to expect and asking all the questions you like so you can feel cozy before, during and after the massage. I look forward to seeing you on the mat very soon!