5 Things to Know Before You Get a Massage

Before you go in for a massage therapy appointment you should be aware of a couple tips and tricks that could greatly improve your overall experience. Some of these tips may seem self-explanatory, but it always helps to re-state and remind clients of these guidelines. Check out the five things you need to know before you go in for a massage therapy appointment.

1. Be On Time

Being late for an appointment can greatly change your day – usually causing undue stress for you and others affected. Your massage therapist has reserved their time exclusively for you and relies on you to be on time. So, do everyone a favor, and arrive on time for your appointment!

2. Be courteous with cancellations

A good rule of thumb for cancelling or changing appointments is that 24 hours advance notice is expected. Each massage therapist may have their own particular policies – so be sure to check with them so you are aware of these policies.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Choose The Pressure

Sometimes when patients get a massage they can be concerned about telling the practitioner they are either pressing too hard or too lightly on their body. Patients may feel as if they are overstepping their bounds by bringing this up to their massage therapist. But, don’t be afraid to ask – your massage practitioner wants to create the best experience possible for you and is happy to adjust what they are doing to fit your needs.

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Make sure you hydrate your body extensively after your appointment. Massage causes the body fluids to be moved around and reabsorbed readily ( a good thing!). Muscles thereby require more fluid to replace that which has been used up, lest they become dehydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water after your massage therapy session in order to replenish your muscles and retain hydration throughout your body.

5. Eat Only Gently Before Your Massage

Massage is known to stimulate your body’s digestive system. Because of this, it is helpful to avoid eating a full meal right before your massage. Small snacks are entirely appropriate, but a big meal before your massage appointment can be counterproductive.

Feel free to communicate with your massage therapist before and during your session about any questions or concerns you may have. Remember, your therapist is there to make your session fit your needs and circumstances.

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