Whether you are a patron of massage or this is your first experience, there are certain factors to consider before your appointment.
Trust in a relaxed environment
As an independent practitioner, I get quite a few requests to attend clients in the privacy of their homes. Initially, we discuss areas of concern or discomfort, pain levels, what makes the pain worse, any medical conditions and goals with the time allotted. I ask questions related to health history and any medications being taken to determine if the appropriate technique.
Before your massage
Make sure to schedule your massage at a time that works best for you. Drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of your massage. It is important not to eat before your appointment. If you are feeling ill, have a sunburn or are experiencing any sort of skin condition it is best to re-schedule.
During your massage
Depending on the type of treatment you receive (Shirodara, Thai or deep tissue, Swedish) you will lie on a massage table covered with a soft sheet or towel. Temperature is an important factor so that you are not too hot or too cold. I always play soothing, relaxing music but if you have a preference, please let me know in advance. Your session will always begin with deep breathing to ease you into a state of calm. Throughout your session, the breath is important in easing tight muscles. You may fall asleep or enter a dreamlike state of semi-unconsciousness. It is a good idea to let me know if the massage pressure is too light or deep or if certain areas of the body require extra attention.
After your massage
At the conclusion of your massage, I will quietly leave the room allowing enough time for you to dress in private and become grounded. Then, a nice glass of cool water will help to flush waste products from the body released during your massage. Quiet time is recommended as opposed to going back to work. How you feel depends upon the style of massage, length of the session and what you do for the rest of the day or evening. You may feel calm and relaxed, invigorated and renewed or even excited and inspired. Some even come to terms with a true level of fatigue in their body and simply need to rest. Deep tissue massage in particular tends to relieve the body of chronic tightness and pain but may replace these issues with a mild soreness from the pressure applied. In this case, rest is your best bet before becoming active again.
Massage tends to build on itself making results cumulative. In short, the more frequently you receive massage, the better you will feel.