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How to Prepare for a Massage – The Dos and Don’ts

How to prepare for a massage
Massage day is the best day of the week

It’s massage day, and you’re hopeful you’ll float out of your appointment on a dreamy cloud of relaxation and relief. Your therapist is equally hopeful that they’ll be able to achieve this for you as well.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a massage table veteran, you can do a few things to prepare for your session to make sure you’re comfortable and ready to get the absolute most out of the time with your therapist.

We’ll start off with the Dos.

Give yourself time to relax before your appointment.

A relaxed mind is a relaxed body, and the calmer and more at ease you are before your massage, the more relaxed and ready your muscles will be in preparation. Make sure you give yourself time to get to your appointment, settle in, and move into that space mentally.

Drink enough water.

Your body is mostly water, so it stands to reason that your body loves it when you drink water and stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water in the lead-up to your massage and afterwards will keep your muscles hydrated and happy.

Shower beforehand.

Showering before your massage has a few big ticks of approval. Firstly, a hot shower will help your muscles relax and prepare for their pampering. Secondly, it’s nice to feel clean and ready for your therapist to work their magic. Lastly, showers are just a nice little moment to yourself to clear your mind and reset.

Wear your comfiest clothing.

Massage sessions have the wonderful added benefit of being an appointment you can attend in your track pants, baggy shirt, and low-maintenance footwear – in fact, it’s encouraged. You’ll likely be removing some items of clothing and having oil or other products applied to your skin, so tripping over fancy shoes and staining your Sunday best isn’t ideal for anyone involved!

Let’s quickly run through the ‘don’ts’ of massage therapy preparation.

Here’s a quick breakdown:

Don’t eat right before your appointment – a lot of food swimming around and digesting in your stomach might detract from the comfort of your massage.

Don’t leave your phone on full volume – you’re there to relax, not listen to how many things ask for your attention in an hour.

Don’t come to your appointment sick – massage and sickness don’t go well together, neither do your therapist and your germs!

Don’t drink and massage – alcohol dehydrates the body and actively works against what your therapist is trying to achieve. Don’t drink before or after your massage.

Don’t stay silent – Tell your therapist beforehand if there’s a particular treatment style, pressure amount, or area you’d like to focus on/avoid. Don't worry, we're not easily offended and much prefer to work with you and your particular needs.

Don’t forget your hygiene – whether you work outdoors or are coming from the gym, try to plan a shower before your massage so your skin is clean and ready for your therapist (and it’s courteous!)

Give your body a little love. It deserves it.

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