There are several things you can do that will make sure you get what you want and need every time you have a massage.
Relax and Unwind.
We know that a massage is supposed to relax you but if you show up late, stressed and irritated, or on a timer you’ll not get the best out of your treatment. Turn off your cell phone to make sure you’re not interrupted. Better still, schedule your session for a time after work or when you’re not working. If you have time, change out of your work clothes too and wear something easy to pull back on when your treatment is over.
Ask Us Anything.
This one is most important if it’s your first time, or if you have any health issues you’re worried about. Therapists are used to first-timers feeling shy, so any questions about undressing, what happens in a massage or any questions of the session are welcome. During your massage, speak out if the pressure isn’t what you’d like or the room isn’t the right temperature. Even tell us if you really hate the music! We want you to enjoy the massage, so we would prefer to know if their is a way to make it more relaxing for you.
Make It a Regular Appointment.
The more regularly you have a massage, the more the effects will build on each session and you’ll start to feel the benefits. Most clients feel results in 4-6 sessions. Just having a massage once a year at Christmas is nice but you’ll have to undo all those knots all over again each time. Talk to your therapist about how often you should return for your pain or injury, and consider a wellness plan to help you stay on track!
Let Us Know When You’re Ill.
We’ll ask you about long term or chronic conditions when you first come to us, but if you pick up an injury or develop an illness, we need to know. Although pregnancy isn’t an illness, please tell us about this, too, as it can affect some of the techniques we use and what essential oils can be used in some types of massage, like an aromatherapy massage. If you have a minor infection, like a cold or flu, call your massage therapist in advance to see if it’s wise for you to attend. Sometimes, a massage can make illnesses worse because while your body is already using your lymphatic system to fight the infection, a massage can stimulate it even more. This is especially true for deep tissue and Swedish massage. If you have any contagious skin conditions, such as athlete’s foot or an unusual rash, you should also let your therapist know. Keeping these tips in mind should make all of your massage treatments more enjoyable and effective.
Enjoy your massage!