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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage

How to Get The Most Out of Your Massage

Schedule Strategically 

You’ll be most comfortable if you eat lightly before your appointment or if you can wait at least 1.5 hours after a meal and stay well hydrated.

If you have participated in any strenuous activity, make sure you have time to shower prior so you feel nice and fresh!

It is best if you have time after your appointment to relax and enjoy the post massage benefits, however if you are heading out you will probably want a warm shower first to remove any excess oil.

If you are diabetic and take insulin, you should schedule your appointment in between dosages and be aware that massage may lower blood glucose levels; so, check your levels before your massage and have some sugar or honey on hand encase you need it.


Relax and Breathe

During a massage, the nervous system slips into a state of calm (your Parasympathetic Nervous System) and chemical changes start occurring, increasing “feel good” hormones, and decreasing “stress” hormones. When we are able to sustain these conditions, this state of relaxation can improve our sleep and encourage recovery. Our breath is one of the most effective tools to relieve muscular tension – so take the time to breathe deeply and relax during your massage – your body will thank you for it.


Be Honest with your Therapist

There are many adjustments your therapist can make to individualize your treatment plan and enhance the quality of your massage. On your first appointment, you will be asked to complete a Client History Form. If your therapist knows any medication you are on, your current or past symptoms and your treatment preferences, they can make adjustments to their techniques and the way you are supported during your massage – elevating your experience.


Your therapist will ask if you would like the pressure firmer or softer and would love to be kept updated if this preference changes throughout your massage. There may be instances where firm or deep pressure is not suitable, certain medication and physical conditions can alter your sensitivity to pain and you can end up leaving with more damage from when you arrived – your therapist will work with you on this.


Know when Massage isn’t a Suitable Treatment

Most often, massage is a safe and appropriate therapy however if you have recently undergone major surgery, have any infectious illnesses or skin conditions, are in your first trimester of pregnancy, or have any un-diagnosed swelling and inflammation, you would want to post pone your massage, or get clearance from your Physiotherapist or GP first.

If you have recently started taking a new medication or are in the midst of adjusting your dosage, consider waiting until your body has adjusted before getting a massage.


Finally, Consider Booking Regular Appointments

The more regular and comfortable you are with Massage Therapy, the greater ease you’ll have to both slide into relaxation and the better your ability to maintain that state throughout your day-to-day life. If you find you are restricted by time or cost, consider investing in some Massage Oil, a massage ball or a Foam Roller and make self-massage a regular habit. While it might require more effort your end, you will still reap some amazing benefits for very little cost.


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