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8 things you should do before having a massage

Beyond the pleasure and relaxation they provide during the session, massages have uncontested, short-term and long-term healing properties. Numerous clinical studies have found the relevance of certain techniques to reduce joint stiffness and chronic neuromuscular pain, soothe headaches and digestive disorders, as well as stimulating immune defences and the better flow of blood and lymphatic circulation.

To ensure you get the most out of your treatments, here are our top tips for a top experience:

Let's dive into them:

#1 - Always arrive on time to your appointment.

As the saying goes.. "early is on time, on time is late". Massage therapists have tight schedules and arriving even 10 minutes late could mean that your treatments gets shortened and you will miss part of the session.

#2 - Take a hot shower before coming to the massage centre

If you want your massage to be unbeatable, take a hot shower before coming to the session.

Being already relaxed after a shower, in addition to the obvious hygienic advantages, also contributes to the muscles arriving at the session more relaxed and with less tension.

And we're not going to fool ourselves, feeling clean improves everyone's mood.

#3 - You don't need to use perfume to impress us!

Although your perfume or aftershave smells wonderful, it can be a little overwhelming for your therapist. You have to keep in mind that you will be in the same room for a while and, it may be that the masseuses themselves have arranged essences and different scents for the course of the session.

Just worry about relaxing and enjoying the experience!

#4 - No need talk, unless you want to

The goal of a massage session is for you to relax. That's why you're in our massage centre and you should not feel obliged to have a conversation with your therapist if you really do not feel like it. As per the next point though, please communicate with your therapist so they can adjust to your needs and pressure.

And if on the other hand you want to talk because that makes you feel more comfortable, do it without problem. Our therapists are professionals trained to maximize your enjoyment and that means knowing how to adapt to the needs of our clients.

#5 - Tell us what you expect from the session and where it hurts

One way to ensure you get the best experience possible is to let us know what you expect from the session so our therapists can adjust. Additionally, if you have a health problem or an injury, tell your massage therapist before you start. If your injuries have improved or your state of health has changed since your last session, you should also comment on this.

Telling your massage therapist mid-session that the very muscle you were working on in depth has recently been injured is not the smartest thing to do. You could make a latent injury worse and, of course, that's not what you're looking for. - Talk to us! :)

#6 - Drink water after your session

It is particularly important that you hydrate properly after your session. Just like with a workout, the muscles need to replenish fluids after a massage. You have to replace all that water by drinking more.

Also when your muscles are knotted, the circulation in those areas is restricted. This inhibits the body's ability to eliminate waste correctly. Drinking water helps the kidneys to eliminate those redundant wastes correctly.

#7 - Do not workout after your massage session (do it beforehand)

However, exercising immediately after a massage is not a good idea, as it is likely that you will stress and strain those muscles that were already relaxed. In addition, you will run the risk of being too tired and could injure yourself.

Trained and exercised muscles will be tired and will benefit to the maximum with a massage after the workout!

#8 - Avoid eating before your massages

Surely you can already sense that it is not a great idea, but enjoying a big meal before a massage session guarantees heavy digestion at the worst possible moment. Not to mention that it can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable.

The best thing you can do is eat something light about two hours before so that your digestion is light. Being full during your massage is guaranteed to ruin an experience that should be relaxing.

Final tip and considerations:

Every situation will require a different type of massage, and while they all have health, body and mental benefits, a tailored experience can really make a difference. Talk to your doctor before getting any type of massage if you have any health concerns or conditions.


Here at Namtip we have very skilled masseuses that can help you with your body relaxation and pain release needs. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any doubts about our massage therapies, and we will gladly advise you on which services are best for your situation.

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