Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage
Updated: Nov 7
A massage should be a luxurious and relaxing experience, which can help to improve your sleep, reduce pain, and boost your mental wellbeing. However, if you’ve never had one before, it can be a bit of a leap into the unknown. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your massage and reap the benefits to full effect.
Eat and drink lightly before your appointment
While it is important to be well hydrated and nourished during your massage, avoid drinking and eating large quantities directly before. This is for the obvious reasons of not needing to interrupt your massage with a trip to the loo, or feeling uncomfortably full during the procedure.
Make sure you arrive on time
You want to make sure that you arrive for your massage feeling calm and prepared. If you are traveling to a treatment centre, plan your journey ahead, and find out if there is parking nearby, or what the nearest public transport stops are.
Arriving with an open mind that is not churning with anxiety will mean that your body is more receptive to the effects of the massage, so try and leave any day-to-day concerns at the door.
Have a long warm shower before you go
A warm bath or shower will help any tight muscles in your body to relax, which will make it easier for the therapist to do their work. It will also relax you mentally, and help you feel confident about your body. General cleanliness and hygiene is of course also respectful and preferable for your therapist.
Discuss any concerns beforehand
Let your therapist know about health conditions or injuries that you have before the massage, and any other concerns. For example, if you have sensitive skin, they can use oils and powders which are allergen free.
Don’t feel inhibited about undressing
A therapist will respect your privacy while you undress, by leaving the room or providing drapes. They will provide sheets to cover you during the massage where appropriate, only uncovering the areas they are working on.
Undress to the point where you feel comfortable, but if you prefer to remain partially clothed, wear thin clothing that will allow the therapist to work effectively. Remember that they will be viewing your body in a purely professional and non-judgemental way.
Don’t be afraid to communicate with the therapist
It is OK to provide feedback during a massage, if you find a movement too uncomfortable or painful. Likewise, if you would prefer extra pressure at certain points, or more focus on one area over another, it is fine to let the therapist know.
Don’t feel under pressure to chat to the therapist during the massage if you don’t feel like it, as everyone is different and you should just do what helps to make you feel at ease.
If there is anything in the massage room that is making you uncomfortable, such as the temperature, background music, lighting levels, fragrance, and so on, don’t be afraid to let the therapist know. They will want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
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