Updated: Mar 2
Throughout the ages, massage has been used for relaxation as well as treatment for a variety of ailments. You probably have friends who receive regular massage, but you yourself have not. That’s okay! We’ve seen clients – young and seasoned – who are coming in for their very first massage. It’s an experience that we love to give because there’s nothing like receiving your first massage. One question we get very often from these clients when booking their appointment is, “How should I prepare for my massage?” Below are four tips that we have for you to make your first massage experience the best possible.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Our first suggestion is for you to wear comfortable clothing to your massage session. There’s nothing like getting a fabulously relaxing massage and then trying to put on tight and constricting clothing. Many clients prefer to wear sweats, yoga pants, or very loose-fitting clothes. We also advise that you wear clothes that you don’t care if they get a little oil or lotion on. Some oils do stain clothes, so it’s best to not wear your fancy silks and cashmere sweaters. However, if you are wearing clothing that could get stained, please make sure your therapist knows so they can use less oil or lotion, or find an alternative that will easily come out of your clothing should any get on it.
Your first session usually ends up being a little longer in the beginning because your therapist will really take the time to get to know you, your health and medical history, as well as any allergies or preferences you have. How long the intake takes really depends on your individual history. Your therapist may ask you some pretty personal questions, as the massage is a personal service. Be prepared for your massage therapist to ask about your medications, as well as any potentially contagious conditions. We always respect your privacy and you have the right to keep private any matters you don’t want to discuss. Your information is protected under HIPAA and will not be discussed or shared outside of your treatment.
Eating Before the Massage
Massage can be very relaxing unless you’re hungry, or too full. We like to think of this as the Goldilocks principle. You have to be just right! Massage increases the parasympathetic nervous system response, which will allow your body to rest and digest, but it can be quite uncomfortable to lay on the table if you’ve just eaten a heavy meal. The same is true if you’re hungry. We always advise our clients to have a light snack just prior to going into their service.
Use the Restroom
Always use the restroom before your session. Even if you don’t think you need to, it’s always a good idea. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than laying on the table with someone applying pressure to your lower back, and all you can think about is how badly you have to pee. Wondering when your long-awaited-for massage is going to be over so you can use the restroom is not relaxing.
These are our best tips to make your first massage – or any massage – experience the best it possibly can be. We’d love to hear any additional tips, insights, or questions you have. Leave a comment below or reach out to our office to schedule an appointment!