What happens on your first relaxation centre visit

One of the questions I’m most often asked about the relaxation centre is “what exactly happens on my first visit? What should I expect? And do I have to wear or do anything in preparation?” Okay, that’s really three questions, but they’re all good questions, so let me take you step-by-step what happens from the time you book an appointment, right through your first session here at the relaxation centre.

After you book an appointment

After you book, usually within a few hours, you’ll get an email with a link to fill out a new client profile. You’ll fill in the usual info: name, address, emergency info, as well as any medical information you think I should know. Your medications, if any, and medical history will really help me to prepare the right recordings for your session. This is a big time saver too; because this way you won’t waste time filling out forms when you come into the office. After you complete your profile (it’s on a secure web site and protected by client confidentiality laws), you’ll be all set for your relaxation appointment!

You don’t need to wear anything special – you won’t be changing clothes – but I do recommend wearing comfortable clothing. It’s also best to avoid large earrings, as you’ll have headphones on during your session.

When you arrive

When you come into my office (follow the signs to suite 400), you can slip off your shoes and make yourself comfortable in the reception area. This would also be a good time to put your phone in airplane mode. With your shoes off, and your phone off, and pleasant forest sounds in the background, you’ll already be on your way to relaxation!

Personal consultation

Enjoy a cup of Japanese gyokuro tea while we talk briefly together about the information on your profile, and about the various things in your life that cause stress. I like to spend about 15 minutes with you to get a really good idea of some specific things you can do to help you relax better in your daily life.

In the relaxation centre

Next, you’ll be in the relaxation centre for half an hour. It’s a private room, where you’ll get relaxed on a sound therapy table. This table uses vibrational frequencies to soothe your muscles. Imagine lying on top of a subwoofer; except the table does not use speakers, it uses safe magnetic transducers to effectively turn your body into a big speaker, with soothing sound waves flowing through your muscles. The table is also warmed by jade stones underneath you so that your circulation is normalised – increasing blood flow to your entire body to stimulate feelings of happiness and ease muscle tension. There’s also the slight aroma in the air from essential aromatherapy oils. I source these rare oils myself, direct from Japan, and the aromatherapy blend not only smells great, but has been shown in studies to enhance relaxation. (You won’t get any oil on you.) And the room air is ionised, filtered, and oxygen levels, temperature and humidity are computer monitored. These may seem like little things – but every detail has been considered so that you get the most relaxing experience that can be created in an urban environment. I’m pretty sure there is no other room like this on earth. Oh, speaking of earth, when your eyes are open you’ll be able to see an incredible night sky with millions of stars and moving northern lights, by means of a special custom-designed planetarium system.

Through headphones, you’ll be listening to an audio programme that I’ve set up according to your needs. Usually this involves muscle relaxation, and “guided imagery” that I developed to help you slip into another world for half an hour. Maybe in another blog article I’ll explain how that works, but for now, just imagine listening to soothing music and my voice helping you to relax and imagine some wonderful scenery. You won’t be “hypnotized” or have to do anything; it’s just a really relaxing recording that helps you to let go. Some people do fall asleep during a session, and that’s fine – if your body is relaxed enough to drift off to sleep for a bit, you’ll feel great either way.

Now while you’re enjoying that, I’ll be just outside the room, putting together an information package for you to take home. Based on what we discuss during the consultation and the information in your profile, I’ll give you some ideas of things that you can do at home and at work or school to relax throughout the day. I call this a personal stress action plan. When you read through it, I’m sure you’ll find lots of ideas that you’ll want to start doing right away to reduce your daily stress.

After half an hour, when the programme ends, the lights will come back on and I’ll come in the room with a scented steamed face towel. It’s really refreshing and helps you to ease back into the “real word”.

Back to earth

If you have time, you can de-compress back in the reception area and have a bottle of mineral water. I’ll talk about some of the things in your personal stress action plan. The whole session usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour. You’re charged for 45 minutes even if we take longer; it’s important to me to give you the most for your money, and that you don’t feel rushed.

So there you have it – what to expect from your first relaxation session. If you haven’t yet booked a session, now would be a great time to do that. And if you’re already booked, I’m really looking forward to your session. You’re going to love this!

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Author: Colin Stone

Professional Relaxation Therapist (MASC, BSYA) and founder of the Relaxation Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Using guided imagery, therapeutic music and aromatherapy to relieve stress in the most relaxing room on earth!