To make the most out of the treatment, I recommend these before you come to a massage:
- Don’t eat heavy meals. You will lay on your tummy for a while ad it is very uncomfortable if it’s full.
- Wear comfortable clothes and make sure you can easily take them off when you get on the massage coach. You will need to keep your underwear on, or if it’s more comfortable for you, you can bring a short for the treatment.
- Don’t use oils, lotions moisturizer, cellulite cream, perfume, etc. I will use pure massage oil or massage cream, so your skin is sure to be hydrated during massage. In addition, you don’t want to put on a strong perfume that may counteract the soothing scents of any aromatherapy that may be part of your treatment.
- Be sure to leave yourself enough time to arrive on time. The last thing you want to do is stress your muscles right before a massage by rushing into your treatment late. For the first time you will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire before treatment. Arriving 10 minutes before your appointment will allow you enough time to fill out the form, relax, and use the restroom: all of which are important preparations before receiving a massage.
- Remove your jewellery (necklace, bracelet, watch) so that I can access your back, neck, arms and hands without causing any discomfort, injury or damage.
- During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc. Feel free to give feedback during the massage on the amount of pressure, local pain or sensitivity, etc.
- An invigorating scalp and face massage is sure to leave you refreshed, but it can also leave your hair a bit wild. Bringing a hairbrush or hairband allows you to freshen up and tame your hair before leaving.
Your massage appointment should be as therapeutic as possible; by following these tips you will be well prepared to get the most out of this relaxing treatment.
After massage treatment your body might show some of the following reactions. These work in harmony with the body and aid healing, as the body must re-balance and throw off toxins:
- Headache, feeling light-headed – rest a few minutes and drink a few sips of water
- Frequent visits to the toilet – this allows your body to get rid of waste
- Runny nose, coughing – this allows your body to get rid of toxins
- Muscle pain, tiredness – after deep tissue massage. As I work out knots and stuck muscles, I will stimulate them to move freely and you may feel like after a workout in the gym.
- Dehydration – after a long massage session, you may feel dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water will help you rehydrate.
These symptoms usually develop in a few hours of the treatment and last for no longer than one-two days. They are a good sign, they show that the treatment was effective. The symptoms can be eliminated or reduced if you follow my after treatment advice.
To achieve the most benefit of the massage treatment, here is my advice.
- Rest and relax after treatment, let your body heal itself. It will make the massage last longer.
- Keep the areas treated warm, to avoid muscle cramps and tension building up that would undermine the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Drink plenty of water, juice or light herbal teas. Water will help flush all the toxins away and rehydrate your body.
- Pay attention to general posture. Sitting and walking up straight will balance and relax your core muscles and make the massage last longer.
Be prepared to schedule a few massage sessions. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.
Many people feel the benefit of regular massages and keep having them weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Regular massages strengthen the immune system, helps keeping the joint mobility and muscle strength and keeps the mind focused and calm. In general, it gives a healthy, active feeling and helps living a happy life.
- Have a heavy meal after treatment. Your body is in a healing process and uses energy for that. Digesting heavy food takes energy from the healing and you may feel more tired or nauseous after eating heavy meal.
- Drink caffeine or alcoholic drinks. They may dehydrate you and make the opposite effect than you except.
- Smoke – allow at least 12-24 hours. You are just detoxifying your body, don’t work against it.
- Exercise vigorously – this will limit the effectiveness of the massage.