What You Need to Know Before Your First Massage

Massages are great! And if you’ve never had one, it won’t take long to figure out why people get hooked. But it can be a little intimidating walking in for your first appointment if you don’t know what to expect. So here are five things to know before your first massage:

1. Talk to Your Massage Therapist.

There are certain things your massage therapist must know before your session begins; injuries, medical conditions, allergies, and if you are pregnant. But whether you’re coming in with an injury that needs to be worked out or just want to relax, massage should always be enjoyable.

Tell your massage therapist if it’s too much pressure. Or tell them if you need a little bit more. If you want more time focused on your shoulder, or maybe you don’t like your feet to be touched, don’t be afraid to speak up. This is your massage and communication with your massage therapist is key in getting the most out of your session.

2. To shave or not to shave.

Ladies (and gentlemen) … I cannot say this loud enough, we do not care if you just shaved your legs or not. Sometimes it’s even better to not shave right before an appointment because the lotions or oils could irritate your freshly shaven skin.

The same thing goes for any other body insecurity you might have. Whatever you have going on, you’re beautiful the way you are and we are happy to have you on the massage table.

3. Undress to your comfort level.

Most people choose to undress completely during a massage while others choose to keep their undergarments on. We can make it work however you are most comfortable. Massage therapists are trained on the proper technique of draping sheets and blankets to ensure you are always covered.

4. Tip your massage therapist!

While gratuity is never expected, it is definitely always appreciated. I don’t know when the last time was that you spent an hour vigorously rubbing someone down, but it’s not easy work. They’ve earned it.

A great way to show your massage therapist how much you appreciate their work is to leave a gratuity. A 15-25% tip is pretty standard, and we always recommend tipping on the full price of the service instead of any discounted price you may have received.

5. Drink water.

Muscle pain and tension are often due to inflammation and built up toxins in your muscles. Massage starts to break up and release these toxins. Drinking water then helps to flush the toxins out. You might be sore the day after your massage which is totally normal. But proper hydration can help to reduce soreness.

 

What Should You Do Next?

Last but not least, massage, like any body work, is best when done regularly. Chat with your massage therapist about the best treatment plan to help you reach your health and wellness goals. And don’t forget to schedule your next massage!

 

Written by: Nicole Morrison

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