Massage is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic experiences. Whether you’re seeking massage for stress relief, pain management, or other reasons, massage can be a very useful tool in your self-care arsenal. To ensure you get the most out of every massage, we’ve compiled a list of tips for you to prepare for, experience, and recover from your massage in a way that maximizes the benefits.
Before Your Massage
Drink plenty of fluids: Focus on water and herbal teas and try to limit your intake of caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and can tighten muscles and leave you dehydrated.
Do A Self Check: Take a moment to assess how you are feeling that day. Make note of any areas that feel tight or tender so you can communicate them to your therapist.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early: Arriving early lets you transition from your previous activity into the spa, and properly settle into the relaxing environment. It also gives you time to fill out any necessary paperwork.
During Your Massage
Communicate with your therapist: Before you begin, let your therapist know if you are feeling any tenderness or tightness in any specific area. Also let them know what you hope to achieve or get out of your session. Throughout the session, let them know if they need to adjust their pressure or if you are feeling any discomfort.
Be in the moment: Massage is your time to relax and heal. So, it’s important to leave the outside world behind while you are in the room with your therapist. There’s also nothing wrong with taking a snooze while you enjoy your massage.
After Your Massage
Continue to drink fluids: It’s important to keep drink lots of water after your massage to flush out any toxins released during your session. Try to limit or avoid caffeine or alcohol for at least 24 hours for maximum benefit.
Avoid strenuous activity: If you plan on doing a serious workout or chores, its best to get that done before your massage. Your body needs time to recover for a massage to fully take effect.
Take a hot bath: A hot bath can help your muscles further relax and help ease any tenderness that may occur after treatment. Adding Epsom salts to your bath has further enhances the detoxifying and muscle relaxing benefits of a hot soak.
Get a good night’s rest: When we sleep our body uses that time to recover from the day. A deep and restful night’s sleep will help your body finish the detoxifying process and give your muscles time to fully recover and relax following a massage.
Depending on your reason for getting massage and the type of massage you receive, your therapist may make additional recommendations for your post-massage recovery. They key is to stay hydrated, take care of yourself, and most of all enjoy the experience.