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How to Prepare for a Truly Invigorating Massage Experience

MassageWhether it’s your first time to get a massage or your nth time, it is always nice to prepare yourself and get ready for it. And preparing for a massage does not have to be too much of an effort – you simply have to perform some small tasks which will ensure that you get an amazing, rejuvenating experience without worrying about anything.

Take a bath or shower
This is obviously the first task that comes to mind when we think about getting a massage. Whether you like it or not, you have to be clean and fresh when you go for that massage. And this is not just for the benefit of your massage therapist, either. What happens when you get a massage is that you will feel quite sleepy afterwards, and you will be advised not to take a bath or shower for a few hours. So it is always a good feeling knowing that you can just jump into bed right after a massage without having to go through a shower, which will just wake you up anyway.

Women may also shave their legs before a massage, especially if they want to be completely stubble-free, but not right before the session. Shaving even a few hours before a session may leave your skin quite sensitive. The best thing to do would be to shave the night before your massage, so your skin has a chance to recover and will be able to endure the kneading, rubbing, and pressure.

Don’t forget the ambiance
If you are getting a massage in the comfort of your own home, especially if you have your own massage couch (I have one, so I know just how convenient it can be since I’m a regular massage enthusiast), you can prepare the room where you are planning to have your massage by lighting some aromatherapy candles an hour or two before the session, putting on some nice, soothing music, and making sure you have some clean, fluffy towels and sheets on hand when the session begins. Doing this will help set the mood of your massage session, making you relaxed even before the session starts. On the other hand, if you are getting your massage at a spa or health club, you don’t have to worry about setting the mood as they should be doing it for you.

Sip some tea then use the WC
I know the above phrase rhymes and it sounds quite funny, but that’s another thing that some of us neglect to do: go to the WC before a session. But in order to help you relax right before the massage and calm your tummy, a nice cuppa would be a good idea. Plenty of spas do this, because they know that it helps soothe a client’s mind and body. You can do it in your own home if you are getting a home massage, of course, but just make sure you visit the WC before the massage. Neglecting to go to the toilet will leave you with tightened stomach muscles, which will not enable your therapist to work thoroughly on your abdomen as well as your lower back.

Doing all these things can help you get the most out of your massage, regardless of if you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran.