It should come as no surprise that a massage will help to relax your mind and body, and you already know that a good rubdown has many health benefits, including enhanced blood circulation, increased immunity, anxiety relief, and even better sleep quality. Beyond the obvious, there’s a lot to ponder about massage’s enchantment. Few treatments are as up-close-and-personal as this, so being informed is essential to prevent uncomfortable moments, wasted money, and (most importantly) possible pain. We asked licenced massage therapists for their tips on how to get the most out of your massage.
We understand that stripping down to your birthday suit in front of someone you’ve never met can be awkward, but it’s completely natural. Remember that massage therapists are qualified professionals, and that undressing can result in a more favourable appointment. Rod Cain, licenced massage therapist and owner of Rod Cain Massage Therapy in Burlington, Vermont, says, “Undress to the point that you feel relaxed.” “Where applicable, a professional can cover you with sheets or draping, but you should be aware that undergarments will often get in the way of long strokes or pressure points, preventing you from getting the best massage possible.”
Remember to take deep breaths
After your appointment, drink a lot of water
Hydration is particularly necessary after a massage. “Muscle tissues can become dehydrated during a massage, just as they can during a workout,” says the author “Jim Memory, owner of Be Well Boston Clinical Massage Therapy, is a licenced massage therapist.”As a result, drinking plenty of water after a massage aids in rehydration, the development of healthy muscle tissue, and the removal of metabolic wastes that accumulate as your muscles are worked.”
It's a good idea to take a warm shower first
It’s important to take care of yourself before entering the spa for the best possible massage. What is the most convenient and enjoyable way to prepare? A long, hot shower is in order.
Before your massage, go to a boot camp session
You’ve arranged your massage, but you’re still planning to attend your favourite fitness class on the same day. So, what exactly do you do? Lift weights or go for a run before getting a massage, not after. “The muscles you work can be exhausted from the workout, but they should be nice and warm for the massage,” Memory says. “Working out right after a massage is generally not a good idea because you are likely to stress and strain the muscles that have just been relaxed. Furthermore, if you schedule your workout for later, you risk being too exhausted and hurting yourself, or simply losing motivation after becoming so comfortable.” So, how about the workout session you have scheduled for tomorrow?” If you get a deeper massage, we recommend waiting 12 to 24 hours before working out to allow for the massage’s healing time. Deep work can cause micro-tearing of the fibres, similar to a hard exercise, and the muscles need to recover.”
When booking a massage, specify your preferred massage style
Bodily Functions Take Place...
Massages can undoubtedly relax you, but did you know that they can also aid digestion? Don’t be alarmed if you hear any grumbling noises and, yes, even flatulence when having a massage. It’s all too tempting to be ashamed, but there’s no need to be: “It’s perfectly natural for people to pass gas during a massage session,” says the author “Natalie Johnson of Be Well Boston Clinical Massage Therapy, a licenced massage therapist, agrees. If you’re concerned, don’t eat something high in fibre before your appointment. Johnson also advises going to the toilet before your session and not drinking too much water right before you sit down, because nothing is more uncomfortable than having to pee when someone is pushing on your bladder.