The massage therapy industry is booming. The sector is now valued at a whopping $16 billion in the US alone, and over one-fifth of Americans have had a massage in the past year, up significantly on the year before.
There has clearly never been a better time to take the plunge and try your first massage. Although you may be well aware of the many health benefits of a massage, you may not know how to prepare for a massage. For those who have never received a massage before, the prospect might seem daunting.
However, you don't need to worry. Here's all the tips you need on how to prepare for a massage session, so you can get the very most out of your visit.
How to Prepare for a Massage: Before You Arrive
So you've found the right massage provider for you and booked your appointment - congratulations. Now it's time to take a few steps to make sure you're absolutely ready.
First of all, while you may be getting your first massage to relieve stress and tension, you'll have to do some of the work beforehand. You may be a little nervous before your first session, but part of preparing for a massage is making sure you're in the right frame of mind.
Try and alleviate as much stress as possible by doing some relaxing activities the night before. Listen to some chilled out music, have a cup of tea, and clear your head with some brief meditation. This way you'll arrive feeling relaxed and ready to go.
It's also important that you are properly hydrated before your massage, so drink plenty of water beforehand. A massage is a purifying, detoxifying process which can also cause dehydration, so drinking enough water will make the whole process as beneficial as possible.
In preparation for massage, also make sure not to eat any heavy meals beforehand, and stick to light, nutritious and vitamin-rich foods. This will contribute to the detoxifying element of your massage.
Once You Get There
When preparing for a massage, one of the most important things to know is that you will be asked to undress upon arrival. Not to worry, this is completely normal, and your masseuse will be a professional who will ensure your comfort is their number one priority.
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You only need to remove as much clothing as you're comfortable with. Make sure you communicate this level of comfort with your masseuse, and they will be happy to comply. You will also be under a sheet during the whole session, so your privacy is protected.
It is crucial to be communicative with your masseuse. Let them know if you would prefer to chat throughout, if you would like music playing, or anything else that comes to mind. This way your massage will be a relaxing and productive experience.
If you want to know more about how to prepare for a massage, or more tips on how to find the best massage for you, don't hesitate to get in touch with us for any questions you may have.