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What You Need to Know Before Your Next Massage

What You Need to Know Before Your Next Massage

A massage can do wonders for both body and mind. But for some people, visiting a massage studio can also be a major source of anxiety. How far do I undress? Is it rude if I fall asleep? Will the therapist be grossed out by my back hair?

Here are some tips from our therpists that work with Groupon...

What steps should I take to prepare for my massage?

Make sure you have plenty of time to relax both before and after your massage, and drink plenty of water. Massage helps to flush toxins from your system, so being properly hydrated will help.

Is there anything I should avoid doing right before my massage?

It is advised not to eat right before your massage and avoid any alcohol 24 hours in advance.

Does it make more sense to exercise before or after a massage?

It is recommended working out before hitting the table. When you work out, your body releases lactic acid. Getting a massage after will help move that out of your body faster.

Are there other activities I should avoid doing after my massage?

Be sure to drink your morning coffee before, not after, your bodywork. The reason? Drinking caffeine after a massage can tense the muscles just worked on, so it's best to avoid if possible and try herbal tea or water instead.

What are some things that clients are embarrassed about but shouldn’t be?

Many clients feel self-conscious about their weight or body shape, but rest assured that these are the last things the massage therapist is concerned about. “I am focused on muscle/tendon connections … and I am exposed to a wide variety of body shapes/builds.”

“No shaved legs? Body hair? It's OK! This also goes for any other perceived flaw that you may have because you are a human being,” added our therapist, who also pinpointed cellulite, birthmarks, and stomach noises among the issues that are actually no big deal.

What are some rude or inconsiderate things clients do?

Last-minute cancellations or no-shows as a major source of frustration. Many therapists request that any cancellations be made 24 hours in advance.

And, of course, proper hygiene is appreciated. That doesn’t mean you have to scrub yourself raw, but at least a quick shower rinse after a workout/jog is recommended.

Do I need to be completely naked for my massage?

When it comes to disrobing, therapists agree: it’s entirely up to you.

Do clients feel pressured to make small talk during their massage?

Not feeling chatty? No problem, it’s totally OK to stay quiet or even fall asleep during your massage. If you do feel like talking, convey to the therapist which areas of your body need attention.