There are many things you shouldn’t do during a massage. These include: talking, moving around too much, and not communicating with the masseuse. If you’re looking for some tips on how to make your massage experience better, then this blog post is perfect for you!
17 Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing During Your Massage
Talking: Don’t talk during your massage
Talking is distracting to the masseuse and can make it difficult for them to focus on what they’re doing. While talking might seem like an innocent activity, be conscious of how much you say during your treatment because it could lead to problems with the flow of their strokes or the pressure they apply.
Moving Around Too Much
Don’t move around too much during your massage. You don’t want to end up on the floor or with a masseuse who can’t handle your movement! Try not to fidget, squirm, or make sudden movements while being massaged – it’s distracting and will often cause discomfort for the masseuse.
Not Communicating with your Massage Therapist
Don’t neglect to communicate with your massage therapist. If you’re not sure about what they are doing or where they want to move, then ask! They will be happy to help and give advice on how best to have a successful treatment session. The more information you can give them, the better they can work around any concerns!
Eating: Don’t eat before your massage.
It’s important to stay hydrated during a treatment and some people find that eating beforehand will make it difficult to go through with their session. If you’re going to be hungry after your massage, then try having something light, like a fruit salad, before you head to the massage studio.
Drinking Alcohol: Don’t drink alcohol before your treatment.
Massages are meant to help relax and so drinking alcohol beforehand will only make it more difficult for them to work their magic! You can always ask if they have any nonalcoholic beverages available or choose something light from the menu.
Sleeping: Don’t fall asleep during your massage.
Massage is meant to be relaxing and falling asleep will only keep you from getting the full experience of a treatment session! They are trained to work around any snoring or deep breathing that might happen and you’ll still be able to wake up at the end of your session.
Leaving Early: Don’t leave early during a massage!
If you’re feeling uncomfortable in any way, then it’s important not to worry too much about what will happen if you stay. Communicate with your massage therapist and they will try to make you as comfortable as possible. Leaving before your session is finished will only deprive you of the benefits.
Packing a Bag: Don’t pack a bag during your massage.
Planning to leave after the session? Make sure you have everything ready before starting your treatment so that there is no need for fumbling around when it’s time to go!
Talking on Your Phone: Don’t talk on the phone during your appointment.
Don’t you dare answer any phone calls or texts while your massage therapist is working on your muscles! You’ll end up with a headache and barely any time to relax.
Watching TV: Don’t watch TV during your massage.
This will only make it more difficult for you to go into ‘massage mode’ – not that there’s anything wrong with being in the ‘tired, stressed out, workaholic’ zone!
Dressing Up In Fancy Clothing: Don’t dress up in fancy clothes during your massage.
You might be tempted to wear something more formal for treatment, but this is not the time! Wear comfortable clothing with enough room for mobility and they will work around any discomfort you might experience. The last thing you want is to get stuck or be too uncomfortable to enjoy your session!
Posture & Post-Massage: Don’t sit up or stand right after a massage.
It’s important not to move around too much immediately, after treatment so that you can fully experience the benefits of relaxation and rejuvenation. They will tell you when it is appropriate for you to start moving again.
Eating After the Session: Don’t eat anything after a massage.
It’s hard to come back down from being relaxed and so it might be difficult for your stomach to handle food right away. You can always ask about their post-massage menu or order something light beforehand.
Exercising: Don’t exercise after a massage session.
Don’t head to the gym, go for a run, or do any other strenuous activities right away! If you’re feeling sore afterward then it’s best to take some ibuprofen and wait until tomorrow before doing anything.
Smoking: Don’t smoke after a massage session.
Massage is meant to be relaxing and smoking will only keep you from getting the full benefits of treatment! Try not to have any nicotine or tobacco products for at least an hour before your appointment starts. This could include cigarettes, cigars, chew, snuff, e-cigarettes, and vaping.
Weather: don’t try to have a massage outdoors or in cold weather!
Massages are meant to be relaxing and having one outside when it’s too hot, cold, humid, etc can make it difficult for them to work their magic. If there is no option to have a massage inside, then be sure to bring an extra blanket!
Touching: Don’t touch the masseuse during your session!
They are working hard on making sure that you’re feeling relaxed and touching them could be distracting for them or uncomfortable for both of you. Further, you could be abusing your privilege and the therapist will report abuse.
I hope this list helps you understand what is appropriate behavior for an appointment so that next time it’ll feel like more than just a nice break from life’s daily grind.