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Helpful Massage Tips

Maximize your massage by following these suggestions:

  • When you receive your first massage the therapist will ask your reasons for getting a massage. They’ll ask about your current health, lifestyle and stress level and if there is any area on which you’d like to focus. Always give your therapist accurate information.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal or drink alcoholic beverages right before your massage. It’s best to allow at least 1½ hours after eating before receiving a massage.
  • As a client, your job is simply to relax. If this is difficult, we recommend that you try to focus on your breathing, taking deep natural breaths. Think about letting your body become very heavy and imagine sinking into the table.
  • Turn off your cell phone while in the treatment room.
  • It is not necessary to talk during the session. This can take away from the experience of relaxation. Make sure you talk to your therapist whenever necessary to give feedback about your comfort or if you want to request that something be done differently.
  • During the massage, the therapist may move your arms, legs or head. This is a normal technique in massage. Try not to assist. When you do, your muscles will tighten instead of relaxing. Therapists use movement of an area in order to stretch the area or to have better access to muscles in the area. If something is uncomfortable, let the therapist know immediately.
  • If you suffer from a condition that requires you to be under a physician’s care, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or a recent surgery, it may be necessary to consult with your physician before receiving massage. The therapist will help you decide when massage is not suggested and may request a written release for massage therapy from your physician.
  • Drink plenty of water after your massage.