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Preparing For Your First Massage Therapy

Most people go to a professional setting, such as a spa, wellness center, or massage clinic, for a full body massage. However, massages are becoming increasingly common in other settings such as hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Body massages have also begun to be offered in commercial areas such as malls or airports, sporting events, or private parties. No matter where you go for your massage, there are a few basic things you should do to prepare beforehand.

Before the massage

To start, make sure you are in the proper state of health for a massage. Reschedule your visit if have a fever, skin irritations (such as poison ivy or sunburn), or if you are trying to stabilize your medication (because massages can affect the dosage needed).

Make sure to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your massage. Do not eat just before your massage as the process can cause nausea or an upset stomach immediately after eating.

Try to arrive early so you can have a few minutes to relax from the drive. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.

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