Massage Therapy St Albert | What Should You Not Do During A Massage
While getting massages are amazing – you get to relax, and have all your sore muscles soothed while you relax, and sometimes sleep says massage therapy St Albert clinic owner Lianna Bergonia. However, massages can be awkward, especially if you’ve never had a massage before, or if it’s been a while. There are some important rules of etiquette and do’s, as well as do nots that can help you ensure you as well as your registered massage therapist have a relaxing, stress free massage.
Arrive On Time
For some people, they feel late if they arrive 5 minutes early, while other people are a bit more relaxed with their schedule. They think nothing of heading in to their massage 5 or even 10 minutes late. However, it’s not only important to arrive on time so you get the full value of your massage, but arriving late can also disrupt the schedule of your favorite therapist.
Massage therapy St Albert clinic Healing Point Massage Therapy says they are quite busy, and arriving late might mean they run over time. That means changing sheets and cleaning to get ready for the next appointment can be delayed, even if they cut your appointment time down.
Also, while no shows do happen from time to time, your Registered Massage Therapist will want to know as soon as possible if you aren’t coming to your appointment, so they can do other tasks, like filling out charts, laundry, cleaning and taking walk in appointments. If they don’t know you’ll be coming to your appointment, that’s a lot of time waiting around. And since therapists only get paid if you show up, they will want to fill your spot as quickly as possible if you won’t be there.
Communication is Key!
Inform your registered massage therapist about any relevant medical conditions, injuries, allergies, or concerns you may have. This information helps them tailor the massage to your needs and ensures your safety and well-being. Massage therapy St Albert owner Bergonia says to do this before each treatment. While you will have had your full health history recorded during your intake before your first massage, things can change week to week.
Perhaps your muscles are tight from a workout, you had surgery since your last massage, you’re tense from work. The more information your massage therapist has, the better they’ll be able to do their job, and the more relaxed you’ll feel.
And don’t be afraid to communicate during the appointment. If you have any discomfort, pain, or preferences during the massage, feel free to communicate with the therapist. They can adjust the pressure, technique, or focus areas based on your feedback. Open communication helps them provide a more beneficial and enjoyable experience.
The last thing you or your therapist wants is a massage that’s not as effective as it could be, or for you to be in discomfort at all during the process. While many massage therapists will check in with their client during the treatment, massage therapy St Albert clinic owner Bergonia says that communication is best when it’s a two way street.
Unplug During Your Massage
Don’t use your phone or electronic devices! In order to fully relax and immerse yourself in the massage, it’s best to turn off your phone or put it on silent mode. Using electronic devices can be distracting for both you and the therapist, and even clients and therapists in the clinic. The noise, vibrations and lights not only interfere with the ambiance, but is disrespectful to your therapist. In order to fully relax, turn your phone off, or put it on silent and immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere!
Avoid Heavy Meals Before Massage
While getting a massage while your hungry is no fun says massage therapy St Albert clinic owner, Lianna Bergonia. But neither is getting a massage on a full stomach. Your stomach may hurt, you may have indigestion or acid reflux from laying down after a heavy meal. You also want to make sure you don’t drink a lot of water right before your treatment. Instead, have a light but nutritious snack before your appointment.
Fresh fruit, like bananas, grapes or melons give you energy and keep you hydrated while you get essential vitamins. Eat a handful of nuts, like cashews, walnuts or almonds, the healthy fats and fiber will prevent you from feeling hungry, without belly bloat. Have a cup of yogurt, the protein will help satiate you during your massage, while the probiotics ensure you have no tummy troubles during your appointment. Make sure that you eat half an hour to an hour before your appointment, to further avoid indigestion.
And while it’s important to not come to your appointment hungry, massage therapy St Albert clinic therapists say it’s as important to drink lots of water after your appointment. Water will help flush any toxins that were released during the massage, ensure that the muscles will have enough fluid to recover from the treatment. Be prepared with a bottle of water to drink after your treatment at massage therapy St Albert clinic, Healing Point Massage Therapy.
Come to Your Massage Appointment Sober
Your registered massage therapist will need you to be able to respond and communicate quickly and accurately. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it will impair your ability to communicate and your judgement. This will negatively influence the effectiveness of your massage. Your therapist may have their own safety concerns, or be concerned with your safety if you are not in control of your faculties. If the massage therapy St Albert clinic suspects you are not sober, they have the right to ask you to sober up before your massage.
Now that you understand important points of etiquette for massages, you can arrive nice and early to your next appointment, and feel the full effects of this important therapy for your entire body. If you would like to book a massage, Lianna Bergonia and her team would be more than happy to help at Healing Point Massage Therapy.