In order to make your treatment as beneficial as possible, I recommend
• a warm bath or shower before your therapeutic massage can help initiate relaxation in
• 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
• 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.
Lorraine "Lori" Sparks
State Certified Massage Therapist
& Foot Reflexology Practitioner
California Massage Therapy Council
CAMTC Certified/License #6671
Sixth Street Prof. Bldg.
1454 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
By Appt. Only