Top tips from a massage therapist to make sure you enjoy your session and get the most out of it.
It is recommended that you get undressed down to your
underwear to get the greatest benefit from your massage. However, there
will always be a towel covering your body and the only time your body will be
exposed is when the area is being treated. If this makes you uncomfortable
there are other options such as bringing a pair of pants that are loose and
short. Ladies, if you’re not comfortable taking off your bra just wear one that
can easily be undone whilst your therapist is treating your back. As a
therapist we can also adjust the massage to ensure you are comfortable by
doing the massage through your clothes.
Communication between the therapist and client is the most
important process throughout the treatment. Without communication the
massage can lead to serious complications especially if you suffer from a medical
condition. Always communicate with your therapist about any concerns, such
as pressure, if you’re comfortable, medical history, what you are expecting
from the massage and what areas of your body you want treated.
Good pain or Bad pain?
No pain, no gain. Well, not necessarily. Your body
can only withstand a certain amount of pain before the muscles begin to
tense up which isn’t very pleasant or beneficial during and after your massage. If
you want to get the most benefit out of your treatment you need to be able
to tell the difference between good and bad pain. If you feel yourself tensing
up often or simply can’t relax then let your therapist know.
Water assists the lymphatic and circulation system with removing
waste from your body. When muscles are tight, it constricts the circulation in
the area which is when trigger points occur. Massage releases the substances
that causes trigger points in your muscles into the body. Which is why it is
recommended to increase your water intake post massage.
After a deep tissue massage it is completely normal to feel
sore and/or bruised after your treatment. This is a result of what your therapist has
done during the treatment and should subside within 2-3 days. As a therapist
I normally recommend re-hydrating and going home to either put a
heat pack on or have a hot bath with Epsom salt to help the recovery process and
further relax your body.
Every therapist is different so I would recommend having a chat
with your therapist as it depends on the severity of your body. I normally
recommend following up within a week or two after your initial appointment
to further release the muscles. If your body has improved, I would slowly
change the treatments to general maintenance. This normally would be from
every three weeks to eight weeks depending on your body.
It’s important to continue looking after your body
between massages. As a therapist we can only help you as much as you help
yourself. Unfortunately, we aren’t miracle workers so listen to the
recommendation your therapist gives you. Try to work on your posture,
stretch more often, heat pack, use a trigger ball or massage ball, foam roller