Here are a few things you can do to get the most of your massage session.
1. Try to arrive a 5-10 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment time. This will ensure that you have time to fill out our intake form (if it is your first time) or make sure we have time to discuss your muscular issues before your session begins. We always give you the full session time on the table, unlike some places that factor in 10 minutes to do the talking/getting on the table. It is also nice to have a few minutes to relax and prepare yourself for the session.
2. Make sure you drink plenty of water the day of your massage. It is important to be well hydrated both before and after your deep tissue session. Muscular aches and pains can actually be a sign of chronic dehydration, so it is important to drink enough water on a regular basis as well. Being well hydrated can also help with the soreness that can sometimes accompany post-massage soreness or discomfort.
3. Warm muscles are much more receptive to deep work, so if you have the chance to work out or take a hot bath or shower before your session, that is ideal. Deep tissue work must be done on muscles that are warmed up, so doing this helps you get the most of your time with us. If you don't have the chance before, but can do so after, a nice bath after your session can help prolong the effects of the massage.
4. After the session, ask your therapist about any stretches or self-care that they recommend for you. Many times, areas of pain are caused by our daily postures or habits, and taking some time to stretch can eliminate or vastly improve your pain.
5. Try to take it easy the rest of the day. It's not a good idea to work out after a deep tissue massage, as your muscles will be relaxed and therefore not fire as quickly as they normally would, making you more prone to injury. A light cardio session would be fine, but you probably won't feel like doing that either. Take this time to enjoy the relaxation and give your body some time to process the work. Also watch out for those posture habits that cause pain-no carrying heavy purses or laptop bags on your shoulder! You may want to consider scheduling your next massage before you leave the office, as massage does have a cumulative effect, and you will the get most out of your time with us if you receive bodywork consistently.