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What to Expect at Your First Massage

Updated: Jan 23

Carrie Boucher | Dee Taylor | Body Balance Theraeutic Massage | Blacksburg, VA

Getting a massage for the first time can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

From our initial discussion, you’ll learn that working with us is just different. Our clients seek our help when they cannot find relief from pain and discomfort. 

While massage is one arm of our treatment plan, we also look at things like your daily lifestyle, posture, and ergonomics. These are all important elements to finding the root cause of your pain rather than just placing a temporary band-aid on your discomfort. 

We work with our clients to develop comprehensive solution plans that WILL help you achieve long-term lasting results. 

At Body Balance Therapeutic Massage, education is important to us. We stay current with the latest pain management and bodywork research to help our clients achieve the best outcomes in less time.

Over our 12+ years in business, we truly love and value our clients. Our services are ideal for people who value their health and believe in the benefits of massage for preventing and treating ailments.

Just like anything in life, if you want to achieve the best results, you have to put in a little bit of extra work.  Those that are willing to do that are able to achieve the best results in the shortest time possible.

Here's what you can generally expect at your first massage


  • Once your appointment is made, you'll receive a confirmation email along with a Welcome Letter that includes a link to fill out your client intake online at your convenience.

  • Arrive a bit early to fill out any necessary paperwork (unless you've already done so), and allow yourself time to relax and use the restroom beforehand if needed.


  • Your therapist may ask about your health history, any specific issues or areas of concern, and your preferences regarding pressure and focus areas.

  • It's essential to communicate openly with your therapist. Let them know if you have any injuries, sensitivities, or if you prefer a specific type of massage.

Privacy and Comfort:

  • After you've spoken with your therapist, they will leave to wash their hands and prepare for your massage. You'll be given privacy to undress to your comfort level before the massage Whether you choose to undress completely, our Therapists are trained to drape you with a sheet or towel to maintain your privacy, only undraping the areas they are working on at a time.

  • You will usually lie on a comfortable massage table with a face cradle. The room may be dimly lit, and soothing music may be played to enhance relaxation.

During the Massage:

  • During the massage, feel free to communicate with your therapist about the pressure, areas of focus, or any discomfort. They can adjust their approach based on your feedback.

  • Try to relax and let your mind and body unwind. Deep breathing can enhance the relaxation benefits.

After the Massage:

  • After the massage, the therapist may leave the room to allow you privacy to get dressed. Take your time getting up, but keep in mind that our therapists often have clients scheduled back to back.

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins released during the massage.

Post-Massage Care:

  • It's normal to feel a bit sore after a massage, especially if you had deep tissue work. This should subside within a day or two.

  • If you enjoyed the experience, consider rebooking for future sessions to maintain overall wellness.

Remember, everyone's experience may vary, and communication with your massage therapist is crucial to ensure you have a positive and comfortable experience. If you have any specific concerns or questions, don't hesitate to discuss them with your therapist before and during the session.

We look forward to helping you with your healing!

― The Team at Body Balance Therapeutic Massage

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