What to expect


People sometimes wonder how our massage sessions work - especially if they have previously not had massage.


When you come for massage, we will have an initial discussion designed to establish your needs and massage goals, and to plan your sessions. You will then be left in private to undress. The discussion is to ensure that your massage is focused and effective. A physical assessment may also be performed to assess pain levels and restricted movement patterns. This will all take a little longer in the first session (usually around 10- mins) but a short update is all that is needed for subsequent sessions. For more information about this process, please see this article by Massage NZ; 




Massage may be clothed, partially clothed or without - depending on your preference. For relaxation massage, longer, more relaxing strokes can be obtained with less or no clothing. If oil or wax is to be used (as it normally is) then clothing needs to be removed from the area to be treated. Dry massage can be done through clothing if preferred (though it may not be as effective in some cases). Once ready, place yourself under a sheet or towel on the massage table and your therapist will re-enter the room. When appropriate, the room and/or table will be heated. Sheets, towels and blankets are all provided for your comfort. Music will play in the background - let us know if you have a preferred style, or request silence of you prefer.


If you require assistance to get on and off the massage table, or to dress/undress, this can be done with respect for your privacy and dignity. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring somebody to help you.


During It is not uncommon to sleep during massage and that is quite okay - sleep is the best compliment one can give a massage therapist.

massage, checks may be made for comfort and the effectiveness of strokes/techniques, but relaxation is encouraged. 


As massage involves touch - a clean body is important for healthy massage. If you are unwell, please wait until you are well again before booking.


Massage is available for minors (under 18 yrs) but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during the assessment and treatment.


© 2019 by Whitby Massage & Bodywork Clinic

 Proudly created with Wix.com

  • Facebook Social Icon