What not to do during a massage?

When getting a massage, it is important to understand the basics of massage etiquette to ensure that your experience is enjoyable and comfortable for both you and your massage therapist. From not eating a heavy meal before your session to avoiding certain topics of conversation, there is some etiquette that should be followed to help create the perfect massage environment. Here's a breakdown of some important do's and don'ts that you should consider before, during and after your massage.

Index of contents
  1. Do’s and Don’ts Before the Massage
  2. Do’s and Don’ts During the Massage
  3. Do’s and Don’ts After the Massage

Do’s and Don’ts Before the Massage

Do: Make sure to take a quick shower or rinse before your massage. This will help reduce any odors and oils on the skin, making the massage more enjoyable and hygienic for both you and your therapist. Additionally, you should avoid eating a large meal prior to your session and opt for a light snack instead. This will help ease any discomfort from indigestion or the feeling of being overly bloated during your massage.

Don’t: Stress about the way you look. Massage therapists are experienced and have seen a wide range of bodies, so there is no need to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious. As long as you’re in comfortable clothing and clean, your massage therapist will do the rest.

Do’s and Don’ts During the Massage

Do: Keep communication open with your massage therapist. Tell them what areas to focus on, or if the massage is too hard or too soft, if it needs to be adjusted, etc. Ask questions and tell them about any medical condition that you may have that could help them to best adjust your massage.

Don’t: Assume your massage therapist is a mindreader. They may be intuitive but it’s not their job to guess what you’re thinking, so it’s always important to vocalize your thoughts to make sure you get the massage you’re looking for. Additionally, during the massage, it is important to keep conversations appropriate and avoid speaking about certain topics that could be considered offensive or disrespectful.

Do’s and Don’ts After the Massage

Do: Remember to stay hydrated after your massage, as this can help reduce any soreness or discomfort. You should also do any homework your therapist assigns you such as stretching or strengthening exercises that can help your results last longer.

Don’t: Avoid activities like running or strenuous exercise right after your massage. Your muscles may still be tender, so it is best to take it easy and allow your body to rest following your session.

Overall, it is important to be mindful of massage etiquette in order to have the best massage experience possible. Be courteous and polite with your therapist, and always communicate your needs in a professional way. Follow the dos and don’ts listed above and your massage experience should be a painless and enjoyable one.

Nancy Crawford Smith

Nancy is a registered nurse who has trained in various energy therapies, including Reiki and Maya Abdominal Therapy. She uses a combination of body work, energy therapies, and spiritual healing to assist individuals in a holistic healing journey.

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