Before Your Massage
2) Use the restroom. Few things disrupt a massage more than this pressing need. It can be hard to relax when you really need to go. Do yourself a favor and go before your massage starts, even if you don't think you have to. Also, this is another reason to arrive early!
3) Schedule a time buffer. If you have somewhere very important to be ten minutes after your massage, chances are you will be too worried about that to be present and body-aware.
4) Ask questions. If there is anything you are unfamiliar or nervous about, ask! We love to answer questions.
During Your Massage
2) If you have any questions, ask them! We are happy to answer them. If you have any feedback, tell us! Sometimes we know when something is a tender spot, but often it is impossible to know unless you tell us. If you are cold, we can help by turning on the table warmer or giving you another blanket, but we won't know unless you tell us.
3) Do not attempt to "help" your massage therapist. Unless your therapist specifically requests that you lift an arm, bend a knee, or perform some other motion, chances are that we want your muscles completely relaxed. Though we know you're trying to make our job easier by helping us move your limbs, it is actually making it more difficult by increasing muscle tone while we are trying to decrease it.
After Your Massage
2) Pay attention to how you feel not just right after your massage, but in the days/weeks following your massage. Then the next time you have an appointment you can let your therapist know if something we did made you sore, or if you had particular lasting effects. This way we can adjust our treatment appropriately and help you get the most out of it.
3) Schedule your next appointment! Getting massage therapy regularly is a great way to increase wellness and quality of life, and will have much better effect than just trying to squeeze in an appointment when you are in pain. No matter what frequency works for your body, lifestyle, and budget, if you always know when your next appointment will be, you won't find yourself suddenly realizing you haven't had a massage in years.