Let’s talk about self care (as i sit in my office with work up to my double chin) We’re all working really hard at work or on our own businesses. 🙇🏼♀️What do you do FOR YOU? Travel? Journal? Spa days? I actually make it a point to get a message at least once a quarter. Yours truly got into a bad 🚙 accident a few years ago that left me with a bad neck and shoulders… so messages were recommended… and really do help relieve stress.
Getting a message can seem a bit intimidating and almost a taboo topic. For some reason, the idea of getting almost naked in front of a stranger only for them to rub your body up and down seems a bit strange? LOL
If you are having these feelings, you are not alone. After my accident, I decided I needed to make a point to get messages once in a while. They really help with relaxation, taking the stress away, and muscle strain. I honestly did not know what to expect when I went for my first massage, so I want to share some tips with you!
Points to Remember/ Tips for Your first Massage:
1. Ensure the spa/salon has good reviews. Ask friends and family for referrals. Do your research. You want to feel comfortable in a clean, safe environment. Make sure you know that name of you massage therapists and his/her gender. Some ladies prefer female/male massage therapists and some men prefer female/male message therapists. Totally up to you, but you want to feel comfortable with who walks into the room.
2. Come prepared. Bring enough cash for a tip. Many salons will list a suggested gratuity. The last massage I had, the suggested amount was $20 an hour. This can go up or down depending on the quality of the massage as well as the cost.
3. Dress for the occasion. You want to feel comfortable. When you first arrive, they will ask you to remove your clothing down to your underwear. Ladies, this can be uncomfortable if you are used to wearing thongs. Maybe pack a pair of boy short style undies if you are uncomfortable with the cheeks out. hehe. Additionally, ladies will remove their bras. Personally, I wear a strapless and unhook it once I am lying down.
4. Remember to relax. SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE. Take deep breaths, enjoy it.
5. HYDRATE. I can not stress this enough, especially if you are getting a deep tissue. Swedish massage is less intense and more gentle touch. Deep tissue is a stronger, deeper massage and can leave your muscles feeling a little sore. Please hydrate before and after. You may feel a bit lightheaded or tired after a strong, intense massage. Water helps with this feeling.
I hope these tips helped you gain some insight and understanding in what is expected when you get your first massage. As always, feel free to shoot me a DM or leave a comment if you have any additional questions. Massages are a great way to relax and recharge, and I highly recommend getting one if you are feeling stressed or just want to “treat yo self.”
This post is not sponsored, and is only based on my personal experiences. I am not responsible for a massage or risk taken due to reading this post.