Have you ever had a professional massage before? If so, do you remember the exact month and year you last had a massage? If you answered no to both questions or even a yes and no, then you’ve come to the right blog. We want your first experience or first experience in a very long time to be wonderful. That’s why we have laid out 10 things you need to know before your much-needed massage appointment.
1. Be open.
Now this may seem a little obvious but if you’ve never had a massage, you may feel tense and nervous about having a stranger put their hands on your body. That’s understandable. The best ways you can ease into the idea may involve researching the benefits of massage and talking with your massage therapist a few minutes before he or she begins the treatment.
2. Don’t show up on an empty or full stomach.
We’ll spare you the embarrassing details. Just remember that overeating right before or not eating hours before before your appointment will make you uncomfortable because all you could think about is holding your gas in, which is very tough to do during a massage, or what your next meal will be as your stomach grumbles during the session. Instead, try a high-protein, low fiber snack to get you through the hour-long massage.
3. Be punctual.
If your appointment is at 10:00 a.m., make sure you arrive 15 minutes earlier. This way you aren’t more stressed out than you already may be and you also don’t throw off your massage therapist’s schedule. If you are a new client to the practice, you most likely will be asked to fill out a health history form. It’s important to keep in mind that he or she may have back-to-back appointments lined up for the day and those clients may be squeezing this appointment into their busy schedules too. Plus, reading a magazine while breathing in the essential oils warms you up for a relaxing massage session.
4. Undress to your comfort level.
Yes, you do have to disrobe for your massage but we do leave the room. You will also be draped with sheets or towels to cover areas that will not be massaged. And if you don’t feel so comfortable with being in the buff, we promise you nothing will need to be exposed. As massage therapists, our goal is to provide you with optimal health and that includes making you as comfortable as possible.
5. Communicate what you need.
Say you woke up with neck pain the morning of your appointment or you’ve had chronic lower back pain for weeks, even months. This would be something relevant for you to let us know about before we start working on you. We’d even suggest you note this for us to see when you book your appointment online or over the phone. This way we can better focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than the ones that don’t.
6. Remember to breathe.
We know, another obvious one. But you’ll be surprised how many people hold their breath every few minutes because they think they can’t move during the massage. This is not the case. We encourage you to breathe deeply especially because there will be times we’ll need to put extra pressure on certain areas to remove large knots. We can’t guarantee that during deep tissue massage it will be pain-free but the slight discomfort is only momentary.
7. Relax body and mind.
For the duration of your massage, you’ll need to unplug completely. That’s right. No phone, no going over your to-do list in your head, no worrying about your mother-in-law coming to visit next week. This is your time to be calm and stress-free. We realize with the busyness of life, how this is easier said than done. But it’ll make the experience so much better and as relaxing as it’s supposed to be. In fact, you may walk out feeling a little loopy because you’re so used to your mind racing all the time. Enjoy it while it lasts.
8. Drink water afterwards.
We’d say to do this before but we prefer that you stay on the massage table for the entire session. We will always encourage you to hydrate your body as much as possible, especially after removing knots and massaging your muscles. Plus, it might help snap you out of feeling like a spaghetti noodle. Don’t ask us how but water is a super liquid.
9. Follow your massage therapist’s advice.
Yes please. We do as much as we can during your session but if you’ve had knots and severe pain building up for a long period of time, you may have to do some activities at home that will fully release that tension or keep it from coming back. These will benefit you in the long run.
10. Schedule your next appointment.
You know this had to be our last tip. We are here to help you feel better physically and mentally so we hope that you could make this part of your routine. Think of it as making a regular hair appointment. It’s another way to keep your body in line and avoid feeling like the Tin Man. Make sure to stretch daily until we meet again.
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