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Things To Know Before Your First Massage Therapy Session

A massage is a type of therapy that involves the manipulation of soft tissue to relieve tension and pain in muscles. Massage therapy can be used to help with many varying conditions, such as soreness from an injury, chronic pain, or just for relaxation. Each session will involve pressure applied to the body by hands, fingers, elbows, or even feet. If you're considering giving massage therapy a try for the first time but don't know where to start, this article will give you some great tips on what you should do before your first appointment! 

Don't worry - it's never too late to get started!

Things To Know Before Your First Massage Therapy Session

Make sure you keep yourself hydrated, before your massage. 

Massage is a form of exercise and will increase your heart rate, which in turn increases how much water you'll need to drink. By drinking this amount every day, your body has time to adjust and will be better prepared for a deep tissue session when the time comes.

Not only are you going to look great but you're going to feel great too. When you've got that sexy glow from drinking more water, people will notice because they'll be wondering what your secret is. Massage therapy can help with depression and lower anxiety levels. Massage may also reduce blood pressure and improve sleep by releasing melatonin. Massaging helps decrease stress hormones while increasing serotonin and dopamine (happiness).

Relax and have positive thoughts before your massage therapy session.

Obviously, when you’re stressed out and someone tells you to “just relax,” they’re wasting their breath. However before your massage appointment-- do everything in your power not to stress over deadlines at work or the traffic on the way there! Focus solely on freeing yourself of all stressful thoughts for a little while so that by the end of it you can enjoy an even better experience than normal because now with less mental baggage weighing down upon your shoulders.

Skip any alcoholic drink before your appointment.

Who knew that an indulgent night of wine and massage could be so bad for you? After a long week, some may believe there is no better way to relax than with the ultimate day off. But while it sounds perfect in theory, alcohol actually has negative effects when combined with massages. Whether you feel like it or not, having booze onboard can dull your senses- meaning potential discomfort from too much pressure will go unnoticed by the drinker at hand. Not only does this threaten enjoyment but also poses health risks as dehydration increases after consumption of both substances due to their dehydrating properties; hangovers are worsened because one just won't know if they're feeling lightheaded until later down the line. 

Make sure to take a warm bath instead of a cold shower. 

When you're going to get a massage, it's important that your muscles are loose and relaxed. Taking a shower before will help with this! And don't forget about being courteous by not wearing too much perfume or cologne- so make sure to take care of yourself first for the best experience possible. 

Don’t be late for your appointment, but be there at least 15 minutes earlier. 

You can't get a massage without filling out forms, but if you're an existing client and there's room on the schedule for your new appointment time, all that paperwork is taken care of beforehand. If not- be early, be there 15 minutes earlier than your scheduled time. 


If you’re new to our studio or are coming in at a later time after being scheduled online with one of our therapists it may take some extra work before we start working on what really matters: healing.


Communicate well with your therapist. 


In order to attain the best release on your next massage, you'll want to prepare beforehand. Make sure that when arriving for a session with one of our licensed therapists, they know if there's anything about yourself or medical conditions which might impact their treatment (or just let them know in advance). They're very accommodating and will do what it takes - either during appointment time or before/after appointments-to make you comfortable.


We also recommend letting us know ahead of time any personal preferences like keeping some clothes on; we always strive for a positive experience.


If you're considering giving massage therapy a try for the first time but don't know where to start, this article will give you some great tips on what you should do before your first appointment.  Feel free to take a peek at our other blogs as well. We hope that we have answered all of your questions and helped ease any anxiety about getting started with massage therapy. And if not, please feel free to contact us so we can answer any additional queries or concerns--we are always happy to help. 

Massage therapist - The Sanctuary Pleasant Hill LLC 609 Gregory Ln Suite #220 Pleasant Hil

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