- It’s extremely important to stay hydrated. Hydration begins at least 24 hours prior to your time with a massage therapist. Deep tissue massage releases toxins from your muscles. Making sure that you are hydrated when you go into the massage makes it easier for your body to flush out these toxins as quickly and efficiently as possible. Also, well-hydrated muscles are more pliable, which may make it easier for the therapist to break up the toughest knots without causing too much discomfort.
- Warm showers make for warm muscles. While not always possible, taking a shower can make the massage a more relaxing experience. The warm water will help loosen your muscles, which another way to reduce potential discomfort during a deep tissue massage.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes. For some, wearing comfortable clothing can automatically trigger muscle relaxation. Also, muscle soreness may vary after the massage is over, so loose clothes may be easier (and more comfortable!) for you to put on before you leave the clinic.
- Wear underpants that you don’t mind getting a little massage oil on. All clients leave underwear on and while we try not get massage oil on them it’s very possible.
Have a clear idea what you’re hoping to get from the massage. If you have a particular goal for the massage — such as tension relief in a particular area or healing support for a specific injury — remember to let your therapist know. That way, they can be sure to prioritise any concerns you may have.