Preparation

Therapeutic Massage

Foot Massage/Reflexology

For the Promotion of Health & Wellbeing

Convenient to Albany, Berkeley,
El Cerrito & Kensington, CA
510-384-5027 

 

In order to make your treatment as beneficial as possible, I recommend
these preparations:

• a warm bath or shower before your therapeutic massage can help initiate
relaxation in tight muscles

bring a hair tie if you have long hair and a case if you need to store your
contact lenses

for a foot massage/reflexology treatment, please wear comfortable clothes
and have freshly washed feet

avoid caffeinated beverages prior to your treatment and do not arrive with a full stomach

Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state it may take
longer to relax.

 During the Session

It is important to communicate with your therapist immediately if you feel any discomfort during your massage so that another approach may be taken. Massaging too deeply and quickly into a tight muscle can cause muscle cramping. Needless to say, that is the opposite effect wanted in your session. Therapeutic massage is most effective when your body is not resisting. 

After the Session

Following the session, the therapist may ask, "How do you feel now?" or ask about a specific issue that was addressed during the treatment. Share anything that occurs to you that might be useful feedback. For example, you might say: "I feel great. Just what I needed!" or "I loved that work on my feet. Maybe next time, you could spend more time with that." This brings closure to the session and also gives an idea about what you might expect in a future visit.

Tips on Extending the Benefits of Massage

The benefits of a Therapeutic Massage or Foot Massage/Reflexology treatment can last for several days, but you need to give them a chance to do that.

Try not to plan any hectic activity immediately afterwards. If possible, go home and take a snooze, meditate, make a cup of tea, or do all three!  Listen to your body.

It is probably pointless, for example, to go straight back to work if you are feeling so relaxed you can hardly speak!

                                                           The Importance of H20

Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
After you have received a massage many of the toxins that are stored up in the muscles are released and need to exit your body. In order to do so you need enough water in your system to aid in the detoxification. If you do not get enough water your muscles might be sore and you could possibly feel lethargic the following day.

Many people also like to drink a glass of water after a massage because it helps bring them back down to earth. After a massage, people can feel a bit spacey and disoriented. Having a glass of water can help bring the body and mind back to the present, and it gives you time to slowly return to the real world.  

 

 

 

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