I knew that something was "off" with my hips since hiking Ricketts Glen last Tuesday. I kept meaning to foam roll but my attempts were sad to say the least. I finally made a massage appointment. My appointment was yesterday and sure enough my Piriformis muscle was pretty angry. I just adore my message therapist so I wanted to revisit some tips for those of you who are first timers to make sure you have the best experience possible.
1. Get there early: If you are a first timer, you will need to show up early to fill out paperwork and what not. If you have been there before, know that generally your time starts from when your appointment is scheduled, NOT from when your massage starts. For instance, if your appointment is at 9:00 am and you show up at 9:10, you've already loss 10 minutes of massage time. Of course each massage therapist is different and if nobody is scheduled after you, he or she might give you a break. But to play it safe, show up early.
2. Be clean and shower. You would think this is a given but my massage therapist said that you wouldn't believe how many people come right to the studio after working out at the gym. On the other hand, there is no need to wear heavy perfumes either.
3. Don't wear a bunch of Jewelry, tie long hair back and watch how you dress: This is also common sense. You'll end up taking that jewelry off anyway. I would also add to not dress too complicated. You don't want to waste too much time fiddling with ties and buckles and buttons and what not. You will be taking your clothes off ( with the exception of your underpants). Don't worry, you will be covered with a sheet the entire time.
4. Hydrate: Not only should you be hydrating well before the massage, but hydrating well AFTER the massage is essential. My massage therapist gave a very good analogy when she said our bodies are like a wet dish cloth. When you wring out the cloth you are releasing all the water. The same thing happens with our body.
5. Communicate with your therapist: Sounds easy enough but not a lot of people do this. Tell the massage therapist what you want. If you have problem areas, tell them. If the pressure is to intense, tell them. If the pressure is not enough, tell them. Don't be afraid that you will offend them. They want to give you the experience you want but they are not mind readers!
* If you are a Runner it is not recommended that you get a deep tissue massage the day before a race. Your massage should be at least 2 or more days away from race day. Remember this tip when you go on a "Racecation" because you may be tempted to check out the spa at the resort and get that much needed massage before race day. Lighter massages should be okay.
Where is your favorite place to get a massage? M