At Subiaco Physiotherapy, it is our clear goal that you get the most out of your massage and have an amazing experience in the process. To do this, we use only the very best creams and lotions, have the bed and towels heated for your comfort and spend time listening to your preferences around body areas to be worked, desired pressure and techniques.
To further help you have a great experience each time you come for a massage, consider the following tips:
1. Communicate your needs
Before your massage begins, communicate openly with your massage therapist about your specific goals, any areas of concern and any health conditions or injuries they should be aware of.
Let them know what level of pressure you’d prefer, the type of massage you want (e.g., Swedish, deep tissue, sports), and about any discomfort you may experience during the session.
2. Arrive early and relaxed
Arrive a few minutes early for your appointment to allow time for check-in and to relax in the waiting room. Grab a book or a magazine while you wait. Rushing or sitting on your phone can get in the way of your ability to unwind. Take a few moments to centre yourself and focus on the experience ahead.
3. Hydrate before and after
Drink plenty of water before and after your massage to stay hydrated. Massage can release toxins in the body, and adequate hydration helps flush them out. Avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine immediately before your massage, as they can dehydrate you.
4. Dress comfortably
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your massage appointment. You will usually undress to your comfort level, and our massage therapists are trained to cover you appropriately to ensure your privacy and comfort.
5. Breathe and relax
During the massage, focus on your breath and try to consciously relax your muscles. Deep, slow breaths stimulate your vagus nerve which will activate your parasympathetic nervous system and take you out of “fight or flight mode” and into “rest and ruminate”. If you notice yourself tensing up, let your therapist know and they will adjust their technique accordingly.
6. Don’t arrive on a full stomach
It’s best not to eat a large meal right before your massage, as you may feel uncomfortable lying on a full stomach. But of course, avoid being overly hungry as well.
7. Post massage self-care
Avoid jumping immediately into strenuous activities for the remainder of the day unless this is a specific part of your treatment plan. Pay attention to how your body feels. Your massage therapist may offer suggestions for stretches, self-massage techniques, or lifestyle changes to maintain the benefits of the massage. Follow these recommendations to prolong the effects of your session.
8. Schedule regular massages
Consistency is key to reaping the long-term benefits of massage therapy. Consider making regular massages part of your self-care routine to manage stress, reduce muscle tension and improve overall well-being. It’s a bit like drinking water, do it regularly and don’t wait until you desperately need it!
All of these small things can turn a good massage into a great one. But remember that massage therapy is a personalised experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to help work out what works best for you and your body. We look forward to seeing you soon 🙂