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Your First Massage Appointment

You’ve booked your first appointment and your massage therapy treatment is nearly here. Here’s what you can expect.

Before Your Massage

Arrive Early for Intake

Please arrive at the clinic five to ten minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you time to fill out the necessary paperwork and still ensure your appointment begins on time.

On the forms you’ll provide information such as:

  • Your BC Services Card (CareCard) number (for billings to MSP)
  • Details about medications you are taking
  • Information about any injuries or surgeries you may have had; and
  • Your goals for treatment

If you have extended health coverage, please bring your policy information with you as well.

Depending on your policy, or if you are receiving treatment for a ICBC claim, you may be required to bring in a doctor’s note and your claim information.

Participate in an Assessment

Before your massage, you and your therapist will go over your health history and intake forms together, and you may be asked questions to clarify any necessary information.

Your RMT will answer any questions you have, and recommend a treatment that is suitable for your specific goals.

Prepare for Your Massage

After the assessment, your therapist will give you instructions on how to get on the massage table. Then they will leave the room for a moment to allow you time to undress and get between the sheets on the massage table.

Most people undress to their underwear, but this is completely up to your own comfort level.

During Your Massage

Settle In & Get Comfortable

Once you are comfortably settled on the table, your RMT will knock on the door before coming into the room. For your comfort an electric heating pad will keep you nice and warm throughout your treatment.

Only the area of your body being treated will be uncovered at any particular time.

Communicate With Your Therapist

This is your massage, and your comfort is of the utmost importance. Your Massage Therapist can read an awful lot with only their hands – but unfortunately they cannot read minds!

Your RMT will check in with you throughout your treatment, but please speak up if you ever want to change any aspect of your treatment. For example you can request more or less pressure, ask to adjust the heat in the room, or speak up about any tender areas.

After Your Massage

Redress & Reconnect

After your treatment has ended, your RMT will again leave the room and allow you to redress. You will be asked to leave the door ajar to signal when you are ready.

Then your therapist will come back into the room to discuss your treatment plan and home-care prescription, and also answer any questions you may have.

Take It Easy

After your massage, you may feel a bit sore for a day or two, like you’ve had a good workout. This is normal.

In general, you should rest, avoiding vigorous activity or stretching, for about 24 hours after receiving your massage. This will give your body time to adjust to the work that has been done. It is also important to stay warm and hydrated after a massage.

All that’s left to do is enjoy the feeling of your newly massaged self!


If you have any questions about your first massage appointment with Mighty Oak, please get in touch! We are happy to help clear anything up to ensure your first appointment leaves a good impression :-)