What to Expect During Your First Massage

A massage can be very therapeutic. It can help reduce anxiety, break up muscle tension, and help relieve pain-causing scar tissue from previous injuries. When you know what to expect and how to prepare for a massage, you will receive the full benefit of your massage appointment.

Ways to Be Prepared for Your Massage

Muscle tension and life stressors may be the reason for your visit. There’s no need to also stress about your massage. If you know how to prepare for a massage appropriately, you can walk into your appointment ready to take in the full benefit of your session.

  • Hydrate Before and After an Appointment

Unless otherwise contraindicated by a medical condition requiring fluid restriction, ensure you are hydrated before your massage appointment and prepared to drink plenty of water following your appointment. Ultimately, stressed muscles lead to inflammation, blocking essential nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go and thus contributing to pain and stress. A quality massage starts to loosen and de-stress your muscles, allowing better oxygenation of muscular tissue. Massage gets your blood and oxygen circulating as they should, but a massage is dehydrating in nature. Massage applied to well-hydrated muscles is far more effective.

  • Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing

When you prepare for a massage, plan to wear or at least bring loose, comfortable clothing. Plan to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your massage to begin your relaxation process. You will be asked to undress for your massage to your comfort level. Wearing loose clothing to your massage session will make the undressing process much easier. After your massage, you may feel tender or extremely relaxed and appreciate not having to put on restrictive clothing.

  • Breath Normally

Relaxing your body and mind is key to getting the most out of your massage session. Your therapist will be working on loosening your muscles. Normal breathing helps expedite relaxation. Often, people will hold their breath or limit their breath while on the massage table because they feel nervous – this can be counterproductive. Holding your breath often contracts your muscles more, making them tougher to loosen. Inhale and exhale normally while your therapist executes various massage techniques. Your massage therapist may instruct you to take deep breaths during various parts of the massage.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Communicate

Your massage therapist is your self-care partner and is there to help you gain the greatest benefit from your massage session. If you have a specific problem area or want to relax on the table – let your therapist know. Your massage therapist will use lotions to reduce friction during your massage. Make sure you communicate any allergies you may have. Your therapist is a licensed professional, so they will want to know if you experience any discomfort from applied pressure so they can adjust their technique to accommodate your physical needs.

  • Your therapist needs to get to know you and your body.

When you arrive at Massage Remedy, you will be asked to complete a brief history and intake form about yourself, your current healthcare condition, and your goals for your massage session. Your therapist will take a few minutes to review your history, discuss your goals, and give you instructions on how to disrobe and position yourself on the massage table. When you first meet your massage therapist, they’ll want to know how you feel. They may ask if there is any specific area of pain or discomfort they can address during the session. The therapist will also want to know if anything else can be done to make you more comfortable during the massage. Your Massage Remedy Therapist will always knock before entering the treatment suite.

Things to Expect From Your Massage

Now that you know how to prepare for a massage, you might be wondering what you can expect from your massage.

  • You Will Be Asked to Undress.

You’ll be asked to undress to your comfort level under a sheet on the massage table. Your massage therapist will leave the room to give you the privacy you need to remove your clothing. It’s up to you if you choose to get completely undressed. Take your time, and don’t worry. Most guests remove all of their clothing to give the therapist easier access to problem areas. Your therapist will always ensure you are properly covered throughout your session and only uncover the part to be massaged. Yes, you should remove your undergarments.

  • You Might Fall Asleep.

As funny as it may seem, one of the biggest compliments for a massage therapist is the sound of a guest snoring during a massage session. A massage session can offer you such relief and relaxation that you might nod off for a bit. Don’t worry! Snooze away. This is your time; we are flattered knowing we helped you relax.

  • You’ll Want to Come Back

The release of the ‘feel good’ endorphins will have you feeling a natural high. Those endorphins leave you feeling relaxed and energized at the same time. It’s a wonderful feeling! The good news is that those endorphins have healing qualities, and the benefits of massage therapy accumulate over time with regularly scheduled sessions. The more often you come, the better you feel, the faster your body responds, and the quicker you feel relief.

If you’re curious about the benefits of massage, it’s never too soon to try one out. If you’re still on the fence, consider this: Most people feel relaxed afterward, and many also report reduced pain after a session. Take this opportunity and book your first massage as a Perfect Remedy 60 or 90-massage session. We would be honored to experience your first massage with you and are confident you won’t be disappointed. Call (865) 909-0990 to book your first massage today!