What NOT to do during a massage
We all know that getting a massage, whether it’s a therapeutic or relaxation massage, is a great way to enhance your body’s wellbeing. What you may not know is that there are things you can do to optimize your massage experience - that includes what NOT to do before, during and after a massage.
Things to avoid before your massage
Sunbathe - Getting sunburned and then going for a massage will be very unpleasant for you as your skin is rubbed during the therapy. Best to avoid sunbathing before your massage appointment. If you do happen to get a sunburn, think about rescheduling your appointment to a later date when your skin has had some time to heal
Take a hot shower - a hot shower isn’t recommended as it can increase your chances of sweating through the session. You can, however, take a warm shower a few hours before your appointment if you so choose
Show up late - a massage should be a relaxing experience. If you’re rushing to your appointment and show up late, it might take a while to unwind and get into a relaxed state of mind
Smoke - if you’re a smoker, refrain from having a cigarette prior to your appointment. The smell can linger on your body and since there are toxins in the cigarettes, your body’s way of getting rid of it is usually through the skin, which will be passed onto the massage therapist as they massage you
Spray or apply perfume/lotions - some clients are allergic to fragrances, so if you spray or apply lotions with fragrances on your body prior to your appointment, it could seep into the massage table and leave a lingering scent, which could cause a negative reaction for the next client
Take medications - medications that thin your blood should be avoided before your massage because of the increase in blood circulation during your massage. Also, some medications could interfere with your ability to communicate with your massage therapist
Drink lots of water or have a heavy meal - nothing is more uncomfortable than pressure on a full bladder during your massage. If you need to get up to go to the bathroom during your massage, it’s fine, but it does break up your relaxation groove and it could take a while for you to get back into a deeply relaxed state
Things to avoid during your massage
Make inappropriate comments to your massage therapist - don’t make jokes with sexual innuendos or comment on the massage therapists looks. It’s also inappropriate to ask your therapist out while they are massaging you.
Checking your phone - during your massage, you should focus on relaxing your whole body and mind. If you’re checking your phone and sending messages, that will be both disruptive to your massage therapist as well as yourself. So keep the phone on silent and focus just on yourself and your experience during your massage
Things to avoid after your massage
Getting off the table immediately after your treatment - massages promote blood circulation, so if you get up immediately, or too quickly, you could feel light headed or dizzy. It’s best to give yourself a couple of minutes while you lie down, to ground yourself, then roll onto your side and slowly lift yourself up and off the massage table
Do anything strenuous - it’s not advisable to go and run a marathon or do any other sort of strenuous physical activity after a massage because your muscles need to be stretched out to reduce soreness after your massage. So, doing some stretching immediately after your massage would be best.
Shower immediately -wait at least an hour after your treatment before taking a warm shower. This will allow the oils to seep into your skin
Take a hot shower - because a massage often increases blood circulation, if you take a hot shower immediately after, the hot temperatures would also increase blood flow and the combination of the 2 could make you faint or dizzy.
Drink Alcohol - The impairing effects of alcohol are intensified immediately after a massage treatment
Drink coffee - Caffeine acts as a stimulant and can actually make you anxious immediately after a massage. So just wait a few hours before you consume your favorite caffeinated beverage
Things to DO
Drink water - it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Even though it’s not ideal to drink a lot of water immediately before a massage (because you may need to use the bathroom during your treatment), it IS a good idea to drink plenty of water a few hours before your massage and immediately after your massage
Stay home if you’re sick - if you’re feeling under the weather, you should reschedule your appointment to another day when you’re feeling better
Turn off your cell phone - it’s important to turn off all distractions so you can focus on achieving optimal relaxation and get the most of out of your massage
Communicate with your therapist - communicating your likes and dislikes, like pressure and areas you want to avoid, are key to making your experience the best one catered to your unique needs
Massages have so many benefits, not only for your physical wellbeing, but also your mental health too! Regular massages are an excellent addition to your healthy living repertoire, so give your local massage clinic a call and book your appointment today! We at Lethbridge Massage Heroes are always taking on new clients and would welcome your call today!