Going to get a massage for the first time can be pretty nerve-wracking. But as more and more people go in to get a massage, the idea becomes more appealing and next thing you know you’re scheduling your first appointment.

Massages are amazing for all sorts of things. They’re relaxing and enjoyable and relieve stress, tension, and pain. So of course you want to go in and get in. And it is normal to have a lot of questions. Here’s some commonly asked questions to help you out, and give you a little more insight.

Q: How much will getting a massage cost?

A: The average cost for an hour of massage therapy is around $65. Of course this isn’t a set price and it will vary depending on which spa you go to, how long your session is, and what kind of service you want to get. You can call your spa ahead of time and figure out how much it should cost, of course you should be thinking about a tip as well which should be about 15-20%.

Q: Am I going to be fully naked during the massage?

A: Just like everything else that will take place during your session, how much you keep on or take off is up to you. If you decide to be completely undressed or even just partially, your body will be covered with a sheet except for the area that is being worked on. This part will be exposed and then covered again once the practitioner moves on.

Q: Is it difficult to find a trustworthy therapist?

A: Close to 300,000 people in the U.S. study and practice massage therapy and go on to work as therapists. All massage therapists are carefully chosen to ensure they’re professional and they are required to go through exams before receiving their license. If you’re feeling a little iffy about who you’re going to, you can try researching them beforehand or ask them about their credentials. Because of how thoroughly they’re examined, it would be hard to find a therapist that ISN’T trustworthy.

Q: What are some of the benefits of massage therapy?

A: There are tons of reasons that people go in to get massages. Here are some:

  • Relaxation

  • To help with an injury

  • If you’re an athlete

  • Lessen pain

  • Relieve stress

  • Physical therapy

  • Help with insomnia

Q: Is there a reason or time I shouldn’t get a massage?

A: Massage therapy is able to help with injury and pain, however there are some people who just shouldn’t go in to get one. People who have high blood pressure and certain skin problems should consult with their doctor before going in to get a massage. If you have a fever, dizziness, or have been in an accident you should push your massage to a later date.

Q: What do I do if there’s a certain body part I don’t want them to massage?

A: Your comfort is what they are working for. Prior to your session starting, talk to your therapist and let them know where you want them to focus, and where you want them to stay away from.

Q: Can you talk during a session?

A: Of course. If you decide to start a conversation then the therapist will follow. However if you decide you want to keep quiet and relax in silence you can do that as well. Most therapists will go based off of what you do.

Q: Are you allowed to sleep during a massage?

A: It’s actually very common for patients to sleep during their massage. The therapist will probably take it as a hint that they’re doing a good job. It’s actually expected to fall asleep during a massage, especially if it’s extremely relaxing.

Q: Are you able to stop a session in the middle if you feel uncomfortable?