How to Get the Most Out of Your Massage Visit at OMBE
From the desk of Nicole A. Trincia, LNCMT...
- OMBE conveniently offers an online history form that you can print out and complete in advance of your appointment. This way you don't have to worry about cutting into your session time by filling out paperwork!
- It is best not to eat a heavy meal at least 45 minutes before your massage. A light snack (i.e. piece of fruit or yogurt) is okay if you're starving. Also try to avoid drinking large amounts of liquid right before your massage (especially coffee- you're trying to relax, right?) Otherwise, your full bladder may distract you from relaxing, and you won't want to interrupt your massage by having to run out to the restroom :)
- Many people think you have to bathe/shower after massage. It's actually best to do this before your massage so that you can come in clean and refreshed. We use only organic lotions and or oils, and are careful to massage your scalp first (before coming into contact with lotions/oils) and at your request, can omit lotions/oils when massaging the face.
- Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You'll want this time, just in case you forgot your history form, or simply to start transitioning from wherever you came from, into relaxation mode :)
- Your massage therapist will go over your health history (past and present), discussing aches or pains, physical activity and possible restrictions, work routines, diet, emotional health, and anything else you find important to share about your overall quality of life. Based on this discussion, you and your therapist will establish goals for the massage session.
- Your massage therapist will step out of the room to give you privacy to change. Most massages are performed with the client fully undressed, yet covered by a sheet and or blanket, so that the therapist can access the muscles fully. The therapist will un-drape one section of the body at a time (i.e. arm, leg, etc.), without exposing the midsection of the body. The abdomen is usually only massaged at the request or permission of the client. In this case, the abdomen will be exposed with proper draping above and below. However, it is absolutely your choice to leave undergarments on, or even to remain fully clothed if this is more comfortable for you. Your therapist will work with you with any modifications (draping or otherwise) that you may require.
- Aside from letting your therapist know about pressure or if anything is uncomfortable, take advantage of your massage time to relax and perhaps drift off to sleep if you like. Please do not feel obligated to carry on a conversation. Your body will actually benefit from being still, focusing inward, and taking note of what it is experiencing during the massage.
- Do continue to breathe deeply and allow your body to go limp as your massage therapist may guide your limbs through some assisted stretches (when appropriate) or other guided movements.
- When the massage has ended, get up slowly from the table, wiggling toes and fingers before stepping back to the ground.
- Your massage therapist will meet you outside of the door with a fresh glass of filtered water to help flush out the toxins released from previously tightened muscles and waken your body.
- Your massage therapist will provide you with feedback on what was found in your body: muscle restrictions, holding patterns, trigger points, and other visible (or felt) bodily shifts. You will also be offered some home care suggestions: daily stretching, heating or icing, body mechanic modifications, and any other tips your therapist may find helpful to you functioning optimally within your body. Last, but not least, you will be provided with a recommended schedule for ongoing massage, which typically ranges from a few days (acute situations) to monthly visits. Similar to stretching or a workout routine, massage is most beneficial and has a cumulative effect to actually retrain muscles how to relax, and in effect become more efficient, with consistency.
- Enjoy your massage and come check it out if you haven't already- you don't know what you're missing!!
Nicole Trincia, LMT
Nicole Trincia is a Massachusetts Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist who has been practicing in the Greater Boston area for over eleven years. She graduated from Healing Touch Institute in 2000, with certification in Holistic Massage Therapy. Her training includes Swedish, Esalen, Neuromuscular, Myofascial, Sports and Pregnancy Massage as well as Polarity, Aromatherapy, and yoga. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Nicole has expanded her massage into an integrative style, customized to the unique needs of her clients. She incorporates Cranio Sacral, Thai Massage, Hot Stone, assisted stretching, and Feldenkrais techniques. In 2010, she successfully completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing. Over the years of working in integrated wellness centers, spas and in private practice, Nicole has guided clients with intuition and compassion, out of restriction and pain, into more physically and emotionally productive living. Her clients range from professional athletes, musicians, children, the elderly, and those with repetitive stress injuries, systemic illness, special needs, and emotional stress.Having earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Nicole is personally fascinated with the mind-body connection. She is committed to identifying stress patterns and educating her clients on proper body mechanics, work habits, diet and exercise. Nicole has been practicing Forrest Yoga for eleven years and has studied Macrobiotics. She has played various sports since childhood, and has overcome repetitive stress injuries through the use of massage, yoga, and other integrated therapies without surgery. She delights in sharing what she has learned through massage and overall mind-body awareness with her clients, so that they may live a more balanced, vivacious, and joyful life! .