Before your massage
PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR MASSAGES
Please arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This ensures that your service will begin at your scheduled appointment time allowing you to get the full length of the service purchased. This also allows for you to complete your intake, change out of your street clothes, use the restroom, and relax before your service begins.
Prepare for your day with less makeup, perfume or other applications to your skin or hair than usual.
Prepare for your massage with a relaxing, cleansing shower before you leave home.
Eat lightly before your massage session. An overly full stomach will be uncomfortable to lie on and an empty stomach won't allow you to focus on the good effects of the massage.
Drink less caffeine than normal or abstain from it altogether the day of your massage. Caffeine directly affects the nervous system, which is a primary focus of the therapist.
Abstain from alcohol before your massage. (See contraindications)
Although massage can be beneficial to one’s health, there are certain conditions where massage is contraindicated.
Fever: when you have a fever your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and can therefore work against the body's natural defenses.
Colds and Flu: massage is not a good idea for someone with an active cold or is coming down with the flu. As with a fever, massage can work against the body's natural defenses. There is also the risk of spreading infection to others.
Alcohol Intoxication: Due to the circulatory effects of massage it can increase the intoxicating effects of alcohol. This can cause the feeling of an "early hangover". Since massage also flushes toxins out of muscles into the blood stream, it also has the potential of overwhelming the liver's ability to cope with the increased levels of alcohol.
Other conditions contraindicated for massage include but are not limited to:
DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis)
Pregnancy (1st and 2nd trimester)
Cancer (please provide physician's approval)
Pain of unknown origin