Don’t eat immediately prior to a massage session. Allow your body enough time to digest your meal first.
Arrive on time. If you’re late, you’ll feel rushed and it may take your body longer to relax.
Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
Remove as much clothing as you are comfortable with. If you are uncomfortable removing your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during your massage therapy session and will also allow the massage therapist to work with the areas of your body that you expect will need to be massaged.
Communicate with your massage therapist.
Provide accurate health information.
Discuss any allergies you may have as the therapist may use oils, lotions, etc.
During the massage therapy session, give feedback and report any discomfort.
Discuss any apprehensions or concerns. Your comfort is important during your massage therapy sessions.
Relax your mind and your muscles. Tightening up or contracting your muscles can make it difficult for the massage therapist to help you.
Drink extra water after your massage therapy session.
Get up slowly. Take some quiet time after your massage therapy session. If you feel dizzy or light-headed, do not get off the table too quickly. It may take some time for your body to absorb the results of the massage therapy session.
Make your next appointment. Massage therapy is most effective over time. The more frequently you get a massage, the better you will feel and the quicker your body will respond. Relaxation will deepen as the chronic stress patterns in your body are released.