Some Handy Tips for Your First Massage

nh deep tissue massageEverybody loves receiving a good massage to relieve their stress.  When you go to have a massage, keep your mind open to the process. Relax and let your massage professional handle the job in order to best serve your needs.  Much like a yoga class, massage can be used to clear the mind and simply “be”.  Try to release all of the stresses you are holding onto and melt into the table.  This will help those tight spots and should exacerbate the healing process of the massage.

It is important to not eat just before a massage. Eating, especially large meals, can cause a feeling of fullness and can make you bloated, which in turn can make your massage a bit uncomfortable. Wait until you have digested your meal. Having a massage after a workout is a great idea.  The muscles are already warmed up and the process can be additionally beneficial.

After a massage, drink plenty of water to remove toxins from your body. When you have a massage, toxins are released into your body and must be removed. By drinking water right after a massage, the toxins will be more easily removed. It is possible , without the appropriate amounts of water, you may experience stiffness and pain from the massage.  You may still experience stiffness and be sure to explain your experience with your therapist before your next visit.

Make sure your massage therapists know any areas of discomfort you have before beginning the massage. If there is any particular area that is giving your pain, the therapist can focus on that and try to give you some relief. She can also be careful to avoid any areas that are especially sensitive.  Our goal is to provide you with the most effective and healing process possible.  With this type of communication, we can more easily help.


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