What to Expect - Therapeutic Massage

In preparation for your therapeutic massage please remember to:


Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing


Make a list of topics you want to discuss and any questions you have for the massage therapist. When thinking about your chief complaint try to answer the following questions and be as specific as possible:

  • When did this condition start?

  • How often does it occur?

  • What symptoms are involved with this condition?

  • What makes it better? What makes it worse?

  • What type/kind of activity bothers your condition bother the most?


Eat a small meal a couple of hours before your visit. You should not receive massage when you’re hungry as it increases the chance of dizziness and nausea following treatment. You should also not receive massage on a full stomach as it can cause abdominal discomfort.

Inform the therapist if you are taking any prescription medication(s) as massage may enhance or reduce the effect of the medication. To try to avoid this be sure to take prescription medication at least 1 hour prior to your session.


Avoid consuming alcohol and recreational drugs for at least 24 hours before your treatment.

Inform the therapist of any allergies you have to creams or lotions.

Your Initial Massage

During your initial massage the therapist will take a brief health history to assess your condition. The therapist may ask a series of questions, observe your movement, test your range of motion, and palpate the problem area(s) for abnormalities.  Once the therapist has assessed your condition he will create a treatment plan to give you optimal results.  The therapist will outline what will happen during the session and then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level. You will be draped appropriately during the entire session and only the area the therapist is working on will be exposed.   If you are concerned about undressing inform the therapist as he will be able to provide some other options for your session. After you undress to your comfort level lie down on the table under the top sheet or blanket provided.  The therapist will knock and announce his return before re-entering the room.    

During Your Massage

A variety of massage techniques may be used during your session to address your chief complaint. The therapist may use his fingertips, knuckles, palms, elbows, or forearms during the session to apply pressure.  The therapist may ask you to breathe deeply while he works on tense areas of the body.  It is important to communicate with your therapist if you feel uncomfortable at any time during your massage. You may also be asked to change positions during your session to allow the therapist to address your problem area(s) from different angles.  Feel free to ask the therapist any questions about your session.  Other than that just relax and breathe! 🙂

After Your Therapeutic Massage

After your massage the therapist will provide some post-massage care instructions.  He will also provide additional information about your treatment plan and answer any questions you have. Everyone responds to massage therapy differently so while most patients feel relaxed and perhaps a little sleepy, others feel energized. You may feel some soreness after your massage in the areas where pressure was applied.  Observe how your feel physically, mentally, and emotionally until your next session. Take note of any changes in your condition and be sure to bring your notes with you to your next visit.

After your therapeutic massage please remember to:

Drink plenty of water to help your body flush out any waste products that may have been released during your massage


Avoid consuming dehydrating drinks such as alcohol or coffee for the first few hours after your session


Avoid strenuous activity and try to rest as much as possible so that your body can experience the maximum benefits of your massage.


Continue taking all of your prescription drugs as directed by your primary care physician or other healthcare providers.



Please don't hesitate to call Hilton Acupuncture at 843-735-9675 with any questions.