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The Ulitimate Guide to Maximising the Benefits of Your Massage Treatment

Updated: Apr 19

With 30+ Do's and Don'ts to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Massage Treatment

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is one of the many types of ‘touch therapies’ in the complementary therapy industry. Massage therapy is aimed at promoting relaxation, relieving symptoms from conditions such as poor circulation, muscle aches and strains, menstrual problems, digestive problems, headaches, migraines, tension, insomnia, stress, anxiety and a lot more.

Massage therapy has been shown to encourage the release of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer. While massage therapy is an effective treatment for a range of physical problems, it also provides a very relaxing experience overall.

In order for you to get the most out of your massage treatment, It’s important to prepare well for your treatment so that you can maximise all the health benefits that massage therapy has to offer and improve your overall well being.

This article will provide you with over 30 tips that you can use to prepare for your massage treatment at HOLISTICA. These tips cover the do’s and don'ts to be mindful of BEFORE your massage treatment, on THE DAY of your massage treatment, DURING your massage treatment and AFTER your massage treatment, fully maximising the benefits of your treatment.

Let’s dive in.

Before Your Massage Treatment

  1. If you test positive for Covid-19, have a high temperature/fever, or have cold/flu symptoms, please do not book a treatment until you are well.

  2. Female clients are advised to avoid booking a massage treatment 2 days before the start of their period and for the duration of the period.

  3. Complete and submit the mandatory 'New Client Intake Form' at least 36 hours before your scheduled appointment.

  4. Be aware of the Terms and Conditions as well as the strict 48-hour cancellation and reschedule policies to avoid disappointment.

  5. Plan in advance and schedule time for rest after your massage treatment.

The Day of Your Massage Treatment

  1. Arrive at your appointment on time as late attendance could result in a shorter treatment time or cancellation.

  2. Wear comfortable clothes.

  3. Female clients should arrive at the appointment without makeup.

  4. Cover any minor wounds to ensure safety for both yourself and your therapist.

  5. Drink lots of water before your massage treatment.

  6. Avoid caffeinated drinks before your massage treatment.

  7. Avoid eating at least 3 hours before your massage treatment.

  8. Refrain from any form of exercise at least 3 hours before your scheduled appointment.

  9. Avoid sunbathing or using tanning beds at least 24 hours before your appointment.

  10. Refrain from consuming any drugs or alcohol at least 12 hours before your scheduled treatment.

  11. It is advised to shower before your treatment and to avoid taking a shower for at least 24 hours after your treatment.

  12. Carry a bottle of water to your appointment so that you can stay hydrated on your way home.

During Your Massage Treatment

  1. Discuss any medical conditions, allergies, general state of health and any concerns you may have with your massage therapist.

  2. Ask questions and seek clarification where necessary.

  3. Let your massage therapist know if you have specific treatment goals in mind and/or if you would like a treatment plan.

  4. Relax your mind and body, and breathe slowly.

  5. Trust your massage therapist to have your health and well being as a priority.

  6. Communicate your needs and comfort levels clearly.

  7. Let your massage therapist know if you prefer to talk or prefer silence during your treatment, but;

  8. Make your massage therapist aware of any discomfort or pain during your treatment, or if you’d like them to move to a different area of your body.

  9. Let your massage therapist know if you get too hot or too cold during your treatment.

  10. Let your massage therapist know if you’d prefer the pressure to be adjusted (either lighter or firmer).

After Your Massage Treatment

  1. Gently ease out of your session and don’t get off the table too fast, especially if you feel dizzy or light-headed.

  2. Give your therapist feedback on the treatment you received by letting them know you enjoyed your session, as well as what you most or least enjoyed about it, so that they can make adjustments at your next treatment session.

  3. Life can get busy, so make sure to schedule your next appointment before leaving your current session. Be prepared to schedule more than one massage session depending on the treatment plan discussed during your consultation.

  4. Leave any oils on your skin and hair for as long as possible allowing them to fully absorb.

  5. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours after your treatment and until you have showered.

  6. Avoid strenuous exercise or heavy work for at least 24-48 hours after your massage treatment.

  7. Drink plenty of water, herbal or fruit teas to stay hydrated and flush out the toxins.

  8. Eat a light meal like a salad or a snack to replenish your body and stay energised post-treatment.

  9. Relax in your own way by reading a book, watching a film or taking a nap, especially if your body demands it after the treatment, as it helps with the healing process.

All the above tips will help you maximise and prolong the benefits of your massage treatment.

Most importantly, just remember to:

▹ Plan ahead;

▹ Follow our recommendations;

▹ Stay relaxed and;

▹ Enjoy your massage.

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the ultimate guide to maximising the benefits of your massage treatment

About the Author:

Juliana Rego, MFHT is a fully insured member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). She is a qualified Aromatherapist and Holistic Massage Therapist running her holistic therapy practice around South East London, Kent and North London.

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