14 Things I Want You To Know

I got the inside scoop on how to have the best possible massage experience ever.

sa4It’s no surprise that a massage can seriously soothe your mind and body, and you already know a solid massage has impressive health perks, like better blood circulation, improve immunity, anxiety relief, and even improved sleep quality. But beyond the obvious, there’s a lot to wonder about the magic of massage. Few therapies are quite so up-close-and-personal, so to avoid awkward moments, wasted cash, and (most importantly) potential pain, it’s crucial to be in the know.
We get that it can be a little uncomfortable to strip down to your birthday suit in front of someone you’ve never met, but really, it’s totally normal. Remember, I am trained professionals and your undressing can actually lead to a better appointment. ➡ Undress to the point of where you feel comfortable – A professional will keep you covered with sheets or draping where appropriate, but you should know that undergarments can sometimes get in the way of long strokes or pressure points and inhibit you from experiencing the best massage possible.

Remember to Breathe
Especially when your massage I am working out a particularly bad knot, it can be tempting to tense up a little bit and hold your breath. Don’t do this, or you may miss out on one of the major benefits of that treatment. ➡ It’s crucial that you breathe out fully and deeply when difficult areas are being worked on so as to oxygenate your blood supply and aid tense muscles

Drink a Ton of Water After Your Appointment
It’s especially important to hydrate post-massage. ➡ Similar to a workout, your muscle tissues can become dehydrated during a massage – Therefore, drinking plenty of water post-massage is very helpful in re-hydration, building healthy muscle tissue, and removing metabolic wastes that accumulate as your muscles are worked out.

A Warm Shower Before is a Great Idea
For the best possible massage, it’s important to take care of yourself before you step foot in the SmallLogoAwakening Wellbeing . The easiest and most relaxing way to prep? A long, hot shower at your home. ➡ The relaxation effect of a warm shower on both the mind and the muscles will help you be less tense during the session, which will benefit you as well as the therapist – Also, being and feeling clean can help mitigate body insecurities if they come into play. Plus, I will appreciate your cleanliness for obvious reasons!

Hit that Boot Camp Session Before Your Massage
You’ve got your massage session scheduled, but you’re set to fit in that favorite fitness class on the same day. What do you do? Definitely pump the weights or take the run before, not after, your massage. ➡ The muscles you work may be a little tired from the exercise itself, but should be nicely warmed up for the massage – In general, working out immediately after a massage is not a good idea as you are likely to stress and strain the muscles that were just relaxed. Also, if you plan your workout for after, you’ll run the risk of being too tired and injuring yourself, or just plain losing motivation after being so relaxed.  So what about the gym session on your calendar tomorrow? “If you receive truly deeper work, I advise clients that it’s best to wait 6 – 18 hours before working out to allow for healing time from the massage itself. With deep work, micro-tearing of the fibers can occur, in the same way as a hard workout, and the muscles need to recover.”

Request Your Preferred Massage Style When You Schedule
There’s nothing worse than leaving the spa feeling, well. While I am trained to help your body, I can’t read your mind, so it’s best to tell me if you have any preference of therapists, pressure, or massage types when you book your appointment. ➡ This will help ensure you’re matched with exact techniqe which will be able to best work with your needs—for example, relaxation vs. deep tissue injury work.

Be Strategic About Timing
While there’s no perfect hour to schedule a massage, you still probably want to consider the timing of your appointment. To do this, think about what makes sense for you and your schedule. “Some people feel invigorated from receiving massage and like to make this the start to their days, while others like to eliminate stress from work and life with massage after a long day, and relax in knowing their ‘off the clock – ➡ You know your body better than any therapist, so trust your instincts!”

sq2Bodily Functions, Well, Happen…
Massages are sure to chill you out, but did you know they can also improve your digestion? So, if you’re getting a rub down and hear some grumbling noises and yes, even flatulence, don’t freak. It’s easy to be embarrassed, but there’s absolutely no need to be: It’s not uncommon for people to pass gas during a massage session, it’s completely normal . ➡ If you’re worried, avoid any junk, high-fiber foods, pop drinks before your appointment. I also suggest hitting the bathroom before your session and not drinking  water right before you hit the table, since there’s nothing worse than having to pee while someone is pressing on your bladder.

Avoid Eating Right Before
Generally, a full meal right before you hit the Studio is a no-go, as massage certainly stimulates digestion. I would suggest not eating right before a massage, and having a meal a few hours prior – ➡ Of course, don’t starve yourself in the preceding hours, as you may feel dizzy or light headed during the massage as a result, but eating lightly two hours beforehand will allow for digestion while not making you feel uncomfortably full.

Speak Up
It may seem out of place to tell me to do “more of this” or “less of that,” but that’s exactly what they want you to do. In fact, the worst thing you can do is say, “I just want a good massage”. ➡ During the massage, you shouldn’t be afraid to tell your therapist if something I am doing is much uncomfortable. ➡ Be sure to ask me to spend more time on a certain area if that is what you want—at the end of the session is too late, and this is your massage.

s9It Shouldn’t Hurt
A little pain is necessary to get the job done, right? Not necessarily. “There may be slight pain in stretching or having tight or tensed muscles worked on, but relaxation really is the key – If too much force is provided, the muscle tightens up more and creates even more pain and possibly bruising muscle and damage. So, again, be sure to let me know if something hurts. I promise, I won’t be offended or think you’re a wimp.

One Rubdown Every  Year  Isn’t Going to Do Much
When it comes to massage, “less is more” definitely does not apply. While one massage can certainly help, it packs the greatest benefits over time. Massage therapy should be considered part of a long-term wellness routine – ➡ It’s best to get a massage as frequently as possible, even if it’s once a month or once every six weeks. All your muscle tightness and pains can never be totally worked out, as you’re constantly living, breathing, and moving your body, but getting your muscles loosened as a tune up seriously helps diminish injury. Plus, with the focused massage work, sometimes an hour can cover only lower body, for example, and every time you come in there’s another specific area that needs focus.

Skip the Massage Latte
If you book an early-morning massage session, be sure don’t drink your morning coffee before, and not stright after, your bodywork. ➡ Drinking caffeine before or after a massage can tense the muscles just worked on, so it’s best to avoid if possible and try herbal tea or water instead.

If You Feel Any Soreness, Treat It
Your muscles can get a little sore Only after Sport or Deep massage for the same reason they do after a stellar exercise session: They’re being worked pretty hard! You wouldn’t ignore tight or painful muscles after a long run, so you shouldn’t after an intense rubdown either. ➡ After deep work, light stretching is a nice touch , because the muscles are warmed up, so light yoga or even getting an spinal adjustment (ask me!) after is perfect harmony.

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