Don’t eat just before your massage. Eat earlier in the day if possible, and let your body digest the meal. In many cases, you will be lying on your stomach during a massage, so having a full stomach may make you uncomfortable.
Be on time. If you are rushing to your appointment, you may feel frazzled and find it hard to relax during the massage. Arrive a bit early if you can to give yourself time to talk to me about your concerns and issues.
Take off only as much clothing as you prefer. A sheet will be provided to cover you completely during the session, so your body won’t be exposed. You’ll be able to undress and dress again in total privacy.
Let's chat. I will ask about your general health (such as if you have conditions like arthritis, diabetes or high blood pressure), what type of pressure you prefer, what areas of your body I should concentrate on and which I should avoid, if you like lotion or oils or not, and other key concerns. Don’t hesitate to let me know that you may have concerns about the massage, or what issues you’d like me to address.
Communicate freely. During your massage, speak up if you feel pain or discomfort to adjust pressure, massage should not be a painful experience. Also let me know if you don’t like the room temperature, or any other things I can adjust for your comfort.
Breathe normally to deep. Breathing helps you relax. Don’t hold your breath if you feel anxious deep breathing, yoga breathing, will help you sink deeper into relaxation. I guide you with my breath through your session to encourage you to do the same.
Don’t sit up or stand too quickly after your massage. Some people may feel dizzy or lightheaded following a long massage, especially if the room is dark and they have been under warm towels or blankets. Relax when your massage is done, sit up slowly, and take your time standing and dressing.
Drink lots of water after your massage. Massaging muscles and tissues may release toxins that you’ll want to flush out following your therapy. Without it, you may feel queasy or light-headed. I also recommend drinking electrolytes to help hydrate your body.