Is it ok to eat before having a massage?
Sure! If you are hungry your tummy may be growling and it may be difficult to relax if all you are thinking about is food. So having something light is just fine. However, it is not advised to have a massage after eating a big heavy meal. It would feel uncomfortable to lie down on a full bloated stomach and the massage would delay digestion, which could be uncomfortable. You should also think about not having a massage after drinking an excessive amount of wine or alcohol. This would work against the positive health benefits of a relaxing massage. If you have planned a big lunch with wine and dessert, it is better to plan your massage session for another occasion, as it will have an impact on your experience. A morning session may be the solution, which will leave you in a good relaxed mood for the rest of the day and you can then also enjoy your lunch as you prefer. To benefit to the most, eat and drink reasonably one to two hours before your session.
Do have to undress completely?
No. For a Relaxing Californian Massage or Hot Stone Massage you keep your underwear on. Ladies may undress to their level of comfort, i.e. keep their bra on or take it off. For a head and face massage you may remain completely dressed or take off your top. Some movements are made on your back and neck and it may be easier to reach and massage an area which is not covered. You can also wear a strapless top. Your front will be covered at all times. Feel free to speak to your massage professional about undressing. the decision is yours and you should always feel at ease, which is essential to fully enjoy the massage.
Which parts of the body are massaged during a full body massage?
A full body massage, will include flowing movements connecting lower and upper body, back and front. However, the professional does not come in contact with ANY private parts! And if there are any parts of your body that you do not want to be massaged, you should say. Some people do not feel comfortable with having the abdomen or arms touched and this can then be avoided. It is important that you let your massage professional know of any specific areas to avoid so the treatment can be to your satisfaction. Every person is different and so is every session.
Is it ok to chat during the whole massage session?
Generally, it is difficult to fully relax if you speak during the entire session, so a full conversation should be avoided. However, if anything is uncomfortable or you would like the heating to be adjusted of course you should speak up. You may prefer more or less pressure and this should be communicated as our desire is that the session meets your expectations.
Is it ok to have a massage before going to the gym or out for a run?
Not really if you want to keep and continue to benefit from the relaxed feeling. Of course, the benefits of a massage continue to work on your body but if you immediately afterwards put your body into stress mode, you will lose some of the benefits of the massage, which would be a shame. It would in such case be advisable to plan the massage after a gym session.
Will it hurt?
No! The massage is set to be pleasurable and relaxing. If you have any tight spots the massage professional may insist a bit on these areas but this should not hurt. If you feel any discomfort during the session do not hesitate to speak up. Do also mention if you want more or less pressure, as every person is different, and the massage professional cannot know your preference if you do not say so.
I will come for a massage directly after work, and will not be able to take a shower before. Is this ok?
Many clients come in for a session during their lunch break of after work. Obviously to add to the benefits of a relaxing massage it is ideal if you can have a warm shower before, but the massage professional will not mind if you come directly from work.
Can I still have a full session if I am late for my appointment?
The appointment has been set for a required time and a duration of 50 minutes or 1 hour and 20 minutes. The massage professional is on a schedule and will have a client after you. It will therefore not be possible to extend your time further. Do make an effort to arrive on time as if you are in a rush it may feel more difficult and take more time for you to start enjoying the massage.
How often should I have a massage?
This is very individual and depends on the expectations and benefits you expect to receive. For general wellbeing and maintenance, it is a good idea to have a massage at least once a month for lasting benefits and so you can optimise the health benefits of a relaxing massage. If you are experiencing a stressful situation in life, you may be advised to have a massage more frequently. Discuss your specific situation with the massage professional to have an idea of what would be the most beneficial for you.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !