Massage: What to Expect

Getting a massage could feel intimidating when you do not know what to expect. It is common for new clients to have a lot of questions about what will happen during the massage. There are also a number of things that massage patients should know to do after their massage to maximize the benefits.

During the Massage

Before your massage, you will be asked to undress as needed to complete the type of massage you are requesting. The massage therapist will leave the room during this time to ensure your privacy. It is important to also remove jewellery, rings, watches, and accessories. You will be provided with a towel to cover up parts of your body that are not being worked on.

During the massage, it is important to let your massage therapist know your preferences. If you do not want your therapist to talk or play music, let the therapist know this. Sometimes music or conversation can prevent the patient from relaxing. At other times, it encourages relaxation. Let your therapist know what works for you.

The massage therapist will use oil to work your muscles more effectively. If you have any allergies, please let your therapist know. While our new client form asks for allergy information, it is still a good idea to mention any allergies before your session begins. During treatment, the massage therapist will work on specific target areas of your body or will give you a full body massage, depending on the treatment requested.

After the Massage

Massages work best when you have ample time afterwards to enjoy the lasting effects and recuperate. As your massage ends, it is best to move slowly when getting off the table, dressing and reacquainting yourself with your surroundings. We recommend drinking a glass of water as soon as possible to begin flushing toxins released by the massage therapy.

Allowing your body to enjoy the aftereffects helps you reap the full benefits of massage. Here are some important points to ensure you get the most out of your massage therapy session:

  • You might feel fatigued or tired after a massage; this is another normal response. Massage triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms and releases toxins stored in your body. This fatigue is normal.
  • The best thing to do for yourself is to rest and drink lots of water. The water helps to flush those toxins out of the body as quickly as possible, so they do not become reabsorbed.
  • You will want to consume nutrient-dense foods after treatment. Eating or juicing dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables is ideal.
  • The massage treatment will have relaxed your muscles and provided you with more flexibility. To maintain the healing effect of these treatments, be sure to gently stretch periodically in the affected area. This will help to prevent recurring spasms and muscle tension, while maintaining long and flexible muscles.
  • You may feel some tenderness after your treatment, if you had a remedial massage. Massage can have a similar effect as a workout for your muscles. Tenderness most often happens if your body is not used to this kind of activity.

It is normal to feel a bit spacey. Massages place you into a deep state of relaxation. This state of mind is a foreign feeling to most people who do not receive regular massages. To some, this euphoric feeling can feel amazing. To others, it feels awkward.

Some patients think they need to escape the feeling as soon as possible and “get back to reality.” This state of relaxation should be indulged. You have just taken the time to nourish your body and mind with a massage. Have another drink of water to bring you back to the present, especially before leaving and getting back to your day.

We would love to help you FEEL AMAZING! Read more about the types of massages we offer on our massage therapy page.