In the seventeen years that I’ve been a licensed massage therapist I’ve realized three things: 1- there is no “typical” body type, 2- women apologize for their bodies far too often, and 3- there is still much confusion over what to expect at your first massage session: how far to undress, do you tip, is it going to hurt? Whether you’ve received a gift certificate, rehabbing an injury, or incorporating massage therapy into your wellness program, there’s still a first time for everyone. Although no two massage session are ever exactly the same, understanding what to expect can ease nerves and anxiety. Even if you receive weekly therapeutic massage, some of these fifteen guidelines may surprise you.