tension and may also be helpful for headaches, anxiety, digestive disorders, sports injuries and
many more conditions. To get the most out of your massage, here are some great tips to
consider before your massage.
First, don’t eat too much before a session. Coming in for a massage too full might give you
some discomfort during your massage. Going the opposite way and fasting though is also not
recommended as deep massages can deplete your body. Having some calories in your system
before your massage is best, especially if it is your routine to eat at a certain time of the day.
Although your practitioner will understand that it’s just a normal part of the way your body works,
you may also want to limit high fiber foods or other foods that cause you gas if you feel too
conscious about it. Avoid alcohol as well for at least 24 hours to make sure it is cleared up from
Alcohol dehydrates your body and impairs judgement and the ability to give
appropriate feedback. Massages increases alcohol’s effects so that a combination will increase
the toxic load on your body as well.
There are some activities you may want to do before your massage as well. If you want to
exercise, do it before your appointment. A long, warm shower will help you relax as well and
don’t forget to go to the bathroom beforehand so that your session can go uninterrupted.
When you schedule your appointment, pick a time that will optimize your day. A good time for
most people is usually at the end of your workday. Know your massage therapists cancellation
policies and make changes to your appointment as far ahead of time as possible so that you
can avoid fees in case you have scheduling conflicts or health issues. Let your practitioner
know of your expectations, accurate health information, allergies, music preferences, illness or
contagious conditions, and discuss your concerns.
At your appointment, make sure you bring comfortable clothes you can wear for after your
massage is done and turn off your cellphone. You may undress or change once your therapist
has left the room for your privacy. Only remove as much clothing as you are comfortable
with and if you decide to keep clothes on, make sure they are clothes that are easy to massage
During your massage, make sure to breathe normally, relax your muscles and your mind.
Your massage should not hurt and you should be comfortable. Let your therapist know if you
prefer to have music or not, wether you wish to converse, if you have any discomfort, or if
something your therapist is just not working for you.
Doing these things will help you maximize your massage experience and hopefully help you feel
better not only in the short term but in the long term as well. Do you already do any of these
before your massage? What else have you found helps you prepare for your massage