What to Expect During your Massage | Compassionate Hart

Individuals get massages for all kinds of reasons. One of the reasons why someonel would get a massage is to reduce anxiety they may be experiencing or to lessen any type of soft tissue (muscle) pain or discomfort. In this article, we will have a brief look at what happens DURING a massage. We will also discuss draping, music, how to get the most out of your massage, some of the typical massage techniques used, and some frequently asked questions and answers.

What Happens During The Massage?

Most of the massages you will experience at A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, will be table Massages. So that is what we will cover today. After thorough discussion with your therapist on what you need your session to focus on for the day, we will direct you to undress to your comfort level and to get under the sheet and on the Massage Table.

Always remember to tell the Massage Therapist if you are not comfortable with something. It is important that you are comfortable at all times throughout the massage experience. If you are feeling cold, and would prefer to be covered more or have the table warmer turned on or up, uncomfortable with a certain area of your body being touched, feel uncomfortable with a certain technique, or are unsure about the music, then don’t be afraid to tell the therapist! We are not psychic! You are the person who is in charge of your session. You are the one who can ask for changes. You can also stop the massage whenever you like.


Here at A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, all of our Massage Therapists are professional, PA licensed and insured. Any areas you do not want exposed or that should be kept private, will never be seen by the therapists or others. The only body areas that will be seen, are the areas that the massage therapist will be working on.


Our therapists will have music playing in the background and sometimes a fan or a heater. If you do not like the music (or the fan), or would rather there be no music, then let your therapist know. If you prefer to listen to your own music, Bring it along!

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage

In order to get the most out of your massage, always be as open to the experience as you can be. Remember, you are “RECEIVING” a massage, not “getting” a massage. Be sure to relax as much as possible. Remove any thoughts you may be thinking. To remove your thoughts, we suggest that you pay attention to how the technique or touch feels. Always remember to breathe! Breathing is a good way to get you to relax. When a sensitive area on your body is being massaged, you can breath in. However, it is our recommendation that you try to breathe through the massage. Likewise, it is also a good idea to relax your muscles as much as possible. If you have trouble doing this, let the therapist know. Sometimes the massage techniques will be able to be adjusted. Also, you have to communicate to your therapist! Let them know if the pressure is ok, if you’d like it “lighter or deeper” or if you want an area worked on a little longer. Don’t be afraid to speak up, it is your massage and your money!

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers:

What If I Am Embarrassed About My Body?

At A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, all of our massage therapists are very professional. They are all very aware and sensitive to any issues our clients may face with their body. Particularly when it comes to touch. None of them will ever pass judgement on our clients or their bodies. It does not matter if those issues are: a history of trauma, body weight, medical conditions, how much hair an individual may have, disabilities, or skin conditions.

Can Emotions Be Experienced During The Massage?

Sometimes. But it all depends on how your day has been. If you have experienced exhaustion, sadness or joy, then the smell of a massage oil, a safe touch, dates or music, may release those emotions. But not always. The body may shiver from the cold, it may laugh, or it may cry. Rather than absorbing the massage, the mind may end up absorbing the feelings that may be going on. Your therapist may ask you if it is OK to keep on touching. Depending on your answer, they may continue to check how you are going. Adjustments to the goals and techniques of the massage may be made. They may change the music, shorten the length of the session or drape you more.

Is Talking Allowed?

Talking during your massage is certainly allowed. However, you may find it more relaxing to keep quiet and let everything go. If you are unsure with how you will go receiving the massage and find talking safer, our therapists will be able to accommodate with this. They have been taught not to talk about themselves whilst they are giving massages. However, questions can be answered in a yes or no manner. If you are having a rehabilitation massage session, then your therapist is required to keep talking to you. They will need to know the levels of your pain so they can measure relief for you. During this time, it is important that you communicate with your therapist. They may also be able to prevent you from drifting off into another world.

In this article, we have discussed a few topics of what will happen during your massage. If you ever have any specific questions or concerns, always feel free to bring it up with your massage therapist. If you have questions before hand, please contact us to discuss either by email or call: https://www.compassionatehart.com/contact-us/