If you have never been to our Naples massage studio, or if you have never received a massage before, you might be wondering what to expect! Today we have compiled a list of things you need to know before walking into your first massage and emerging totally and completely relaxed.
Before Your Massage
Make sure now is a good time for your massage! If you recently suffered a sunburn from being out in that Florida sun for too long, a massage is going to cause you more pain than relaxation. Be sure that you have no skin irritations that will cause you discomfort.
We also recommend that you be hydrated when you arrive. Be sure this is the case by drinking plenty of water on the days leading up to the massage. Please avoid eating directly before the massage, as you may experience some nausea if you arrive with a full stomach.
We would like to suggest that you make a strong effort to arrive early! If you are late and stressed, it will take much longer for you to sink into that relaxed state that we are trying to achieve through your massage.
Of course, you will have some standard paperwork to fill out. We will also ask you about your health history, including any medical conditions you might have, any areas of concern for your massage, and any extra information about any pain you may be feeling. Your massage therapist may also ask you about your medical history in order to make sure you are safe and relaxed during your massage.
During Your Massage
For your massage, you will be laying face-down on a massage table and covered by a large sheet or towel. Please let us know if you are cold or are experiencing any discomfort once the massage begins! Your comfort is our priority, and we know a massage will not be as effective if you are not relaxed for the process.
In order to get the most from your massage, be sure to be as open to the process as possible. Relax and release your thoughts! Try to refocus on how the technique feels instead of your external stresses. Take deep breaths to increase your relaxation, even if some spots of your back are more sensitive than others. It’s best to breathe through sensitive areas rather than holding your breath. If you are experiencing more pain than relaxation, let your massage therapist know. They can either adjust the technique they use or the pressure applied to fit your needs. Remember, this massage is about you!
After Your Massage
At the end of your massage, your therapist will leave the room for you to get dressed. Take your time! Many people become light-headed after a massage, and we don’t want to you pass out! Be sure to drink plenty of water once you leave and for the next few days, as this will help your muscles stay relaxed and rejuvenated instead of sore.
If you are ready to schedule your first massage, be sure to call the professionals at Naples Massage & Neuromuscular! We are here to help you experience a new level of relaxation that we are sure you will love.