The first session is usually 90 minutes. We'll take some time to get some background information before we move to the massage table and we may do some exercises so that we can become more familiar with how each client's system operates, but it all depends on the issue; every client session is suited to fit the the individual client's needs.
For the duration of the session, the client lies down fully clothed on a massage table, typically on her/his back (unless there are injuries preventing this). The practitioner places her/his hands in a series of light touches to the body while helping to guide the client through any sensations that might arise.
While the experience varies for each individual, it's common to feel movement inside the body, tingling, extreme temperature changes (most commonly warmth), and to enter a dreamlike state. Other sensations that might occur are being floaty, some pain followed by immediate relief, and a wide variety of emotions. The majority of clients feel relaxed and possibly a little drowsy after sessions, but it varies from client to client.
What is important to understand is that every session is a different experience because each client is working with a different set of issues. The client's nervous system acts as a road map for the practitioner. It's rare that any two clients will get the exact same session. Furthermore consecutive sessions for the same individual often feel different each time because some things may have shifted since the previous one.