5 Tips to Get the Most Benefit Out of Your Massage
Even if you’ve never experienced it, you probably know about the many benefits of massage therapy. Through the gentle manipulation of the body’s soft tissue, a massage therapist can reduce your pain and soreness, improve circulation, and alleviate some of the stress in your life.
You undoubtedly want the best experience possible when you show up for your appointment. To ensure you make the most out of your session, we’ve drawn up these five tips.
Schedule Your Massage Strategically
When you schedule your massage treatment, make sure to choose a day when you’re free both before and after the session.
It’s never a good thing to feel rushed because you have another engagement immediately afterward. Worrying about being late can affect the quality of your massage; your mind and body simply won’t be able to relax. For many people, this means booking a massage at the end of a long workday or on the weekend.
At the same time, you might be the type of person to find massages invigorating, and a great way to start your day! In this case, you can easily book a morning session for your massage.
In the end, it’s wise to think strategically about what makes sense for you and your schedule before booking your appointment.
When you exercise before getting a massage, your muscles are already warmed up and stretched out. A post-exercise massage can also help you recover better from your workout because it reduces inflammation and increases cell recovery.
The benefits of massage therapy after exercising are not only physical. The feel-good endorphins generated by working out will make your appointment even more enjoyable.
Taking a shower before your massage is a hygienic and considerate choice that will make you feel fresher—especially if it’s after a workout. A warm shower also loosens up your muscles and tissues, making them as pliable as possible for manipulation. Plus, your therapist will appreciate working on a clean-smelling client!
Don’t Eat/Drink Beforehand
The pressure applied to your body during massage therapy stimulates digestion. If you’ve just eaten a big meal, it can leave you feeling bloated and uncomfortable, making it difficult to relax and enjoy the massage.
On the other hand, hunger pangs can also distract you. If you must eat, choose a light snack before your treatment. It will eliminate any feelings of dizziness and give you the energy to reap the benefits of getting a massage.
You should also limit the amount of water you drink beforehand to avoid bathroom breaks. However, you do want to drink plenty of water afterward since you can become dehydrated during the appointment. Drinking water following your massage will also flush toxins from the body.
Be Honest & Open With Your Massage Therapist
Before the massage, you will spend time consulting with your registered massage therapist to discuss your expectations. Be sure to provide accurate health information and let them know if you have any allergies to oils or lotions.
Some people like to talk during their massage, while others prefer relaxing and staying quiet. Let your therapist know which you prefer. It’s important to communicate during the massage. If you feel any discomfort regarding pressure, room temperature, music, or anything else, don’t be afraid to voice your concerns.
Book Your Massage Appointment Today!
Located in downtown Calgary, the registered massage therapists at Intrinsi will work closely with you to relieve pain, restore mobility, and dispel feelings of stress. We cater to our clients’ specific wellness goals by providing the perfect massage for their needs.
To book an appointment, call 403-229-9214 or fill out our online form.