Take a Warm Shower Before Your Massage
It is a good idea to get ready for your massage by taking a warm shower. Be sure to tell me about any particular pains or areas of concern so I can work on them appropriately. Also, don't be shy! If it's a lighter touch massage or deeper tissue work you prefer, I am here to help. It is not unusual for some people to experience some congestion in their sinuses due to the facedown position in the massage table face cradle, so if you need a tissue, just ask. If for any reason the music is too loud or soft or you'd like me to move on to the next song, just ask. I am equipped with 10 hours of music that is always within reach during the massage session, so changing songs to something you prefer is a breeze.
Just let me know if you are too cold or too warm. Be aware that during a massage, the lotions and oils that are applied to your skin can pull the heat out of your body or even make it seem a bit cooler in the room. If you are cold, I can add a blanket, turn up the heating pad temperature or adjust the ambient temperature with a space heater. If you think the room may not be warm enough be sure to mention it on the phone when we schedule the appointment so I can be sure to bring a heater.
Conversation During Your Massage
Your massage is just that: YOUR MASSAGE. This is time set aside for you to be pampered. If you wish to ask questions during your session, please feel free to do so. If you prefer silence that's fine also. Be aware that during some types of massage some level of communication is necessary to provide you with the desired outcome. But don't feel obligated to talk during the massage. As a matter of fact, you can relax more if talking is kept to a minimum and I will be able to focus on the work. Additionally, some feedback about pressure, trigger points, or an occasional "grunt" about how you are doing is always welcomed.
After the Massage
Hydrate after your massage session by drinking lots of water. This is important after a massage. Most people who feel achy the day after a massage usually forgot my reminder to drink plenty of water in the 48 hour period following the massage session.
Important notes about water intake: A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane.
What else can I do after the session to prevent soreness?
You may want to refrain from vigorous exercise for 24 hours after a massage, unless your massage is designed for a pre-determined sporting event. Proper stretching is helpful in maintaining the increased flexibility that you may experience after your massage. Perhaps resting in a Hot tub or just a nice warm bath is in order.