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15 Tips on How to Prepare for a Massage

Apart from undressing yourself, do you know how to prepare for a massage ? If not, then you have landed on the right page. To minimize the side effects it carries, you need to know what to do before a deep tissue massage.

Before we get to the precautions you should take, let’s get to why you them.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work ?

If you go by the name itself, you can understand that this massage penetrates into deeper layers of your muscles and connective tissues. Strained muscles, muscle knots, adhesion and scar tissues are cure by this technique.

In the process, following things happen in your body:

  • The muscles loosen up.
  • The toxins trapped within are released into the blood.
  • Fresh oxygenated blood rushes into the vacuum created by breaking knots.
  • Hormonal changes take place in the body. Stress hormones go down and the level of Oxycontin rises.

Now that I could brief you about what happens during a deep tissue massage, let’s see what you can do to enhance the process.


»» How to Prepare for a Massage : Do’s and Don’ts ?


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The basic concept about massage is feeling relaxed after a tiring and stressful day. You are just about to get one of the best massages for stress relief and relaxation. Let’s see how to prepare for a massage :


DO’S :

  • Check for Health Problems:

    You are not fit to go for a deep tissue massage in case you have blood clots, cold, fever, any disease, fracture or deep wounds. In case of problems like arthritis, sports injuries or any other similar problem, you should consult your doctor or inform your masseuse.

  • Sleep Well the Night Before:

    Now this might be difficult and hence one of the reasons why you actually need a massage. Still, your body should be a bit well rested because a strong massage makes your body work again. In fact, I would say that your sleep should be regulated in general too for a healthier you.

  • Warm Up:

    You aren’t allowed to exercise for 24 hours after your massage. However, if you do a little bit of it before, you are preparing your muscles for a deeper feeling of relaxation. Since you’ve stretched a bit already, the work done upon your muscles won’t feel too much.

  • Go for a Sauna:

    Not only is it relaxing, it also softens your tissues, making the upcoming massage an easier process. It will also cleanse your body and make you feel fresher before the massage. However, since it makes you sweat too, do it 1 or 2 hours before the massage.

    Sleep Well the Night Before

  • Take a Nice, Warm Shower:

    Now this isn’t something you do right before, you do it a few hours before your massage. It can be taken right after your sauna. Not only it cleanses your body for the massage, it improves circulation and makes you fresh. However, it can also increase sweating, which is why I said, don’t take it right before.

  • Wear Something Loose and Comfy:

    Tight clothes will hold your body, which will not allow any work to be done on it. You feel relaxed from before when you wear something loose.

  • Drink Some Water:

    It doesn’t matter if you’re thirsty or not. You’re about to sweat during the session. Make sure you’re hydrated enough to avoid feeling dizzy afterwards.

  • Get Ready to Undress:

    Deep massages require the application of oil or lotion to smoothly rub over them. Don’t feel shy to strip down; your masseuse is a professional. If it discomforts you, self-massage is an option available today, which is equally efficient.

  • Just Relax:

    You’re about to have a great time. Relaxing your body and mind not only dives you deep in the moment, it also enables your muscles to loosen up faster. Staying tight and stiff will not allow your muscles to relax.

You might be thinking who really has the time to do so much before a massage! After all, even booking a massage session is so difficult in this busy world.

This is where self massage comes to your rescue. Just look for the best deep tissue massage machines available for you. I personally love the RENPHO Rechargeable Hand Held Deep Tissue Massager. If you don’t like electrical massagers, you can also go for the Gimme 10 Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massage.

enables your muscles to loosen up faster




While doing certain things can enhance your experience of a massage, avoiding certain things can prevent side effects:

  • Boozing:

    Well, if you think of getting a massage after a party, you got to avoid the beer. Alcohol not only gets you high; it also dehydrates you and makes your blood toxic.

  • Hogging:

    You shouldn’t be full when you go for a deep tissue massage. Your body isn’t just relaxing; work is being done upon it too. If you lie on your stomach after a heavy meal and get a strong massage, you’ll just throw up in the end.

  • Taking a Sun Bath:

    If it’s a beautiful Sunday morning and you feel like going to the beach, we totally understand. However, a sun bath will burn your skin, making it too delicate for a strong massage. Don’t take such a risk; you don’t want rashes on your skin after a massage!

  • Taking a Hot Shower:

    Showers are great, but if the water is too hot, it will lead to sweating and dehydration. Warm water is relaxing and perfect, but make sure you regulate the temperature.

  • Applying Perfume, Deodorant or After Shave:

    This specially applies to the ones going to a spa. Your masseuse could be allergic to such scents. Moreover, she about to rub oil on your body and use scents to relax you too. Mixing their scent with yours might not be a good idea. Even if you’re home, using a massage device on yourself, I would suggest the area you’re massaging shouldn’t have these applied on the skin.

sun bath


»» What to Expect from a Deep Tissue Massage ?

There are 4 aspects to it: what to expect during the process of massage, what are the possible benefits you will get, what are the possible side effects and what to expect after taking precautions for the massage.

»» What Happens During a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep muscle massage works differently as compared to other forms. It is way more intense and stronger. Your experience in a spa will differ from self-massage for obvious reasons, though the after effects are the same. Let’s check out both.


»» How it works in a spa:


  • The masseuse applies oil or lotion to lubricate your skin. It might have a scented aromatherapy oil mixed with it.
  • The process begins with the therapist using his or her finger tips to press your muscles.
  • The areas that need work are focused upon now.
  • Using elbows, forearms, knuckles and thumb, he or she will slide along the length of the muscle.
  • You might be asked to breathe normally or deeply.
  • More pressure is applied on the point where adhesion is to be released or knots are to be broken.
  • Your pain and tiredness start reducing.
  • As the knots break, toxins trapped within are released in the body, which can have several effects.
  • In the process, you may pass out gas which is completely normal. If you feel like going to the loo, you can tell him or her.


»» If you go for self-massage this is how your experience will be:


  • If you have a handheld massager, it will have 1 or 2 nodes for deep tissue massage.
  • You have to use your hand and move the device along your muscles.
  • You stop at the area which needs more work.
  • If you are using a massage belt, cushion or chair, there will be multiple nodes in the device.
  • These nodes rotate in clockwise and anticlockwise direction to remove strain.
  • Both types of devices: handheld and non-handheld will have features such as heat, adjustable intensity and auto shut-off.
  • If you use a non-electrical massage tool, it will have nodes that you have to press upon the point you feel has knots.

self massage


»» What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage ?


Deep tissue massage usually has the following benefits and effects on the body:

  • Releases stress
  • Treats muscle pain
  • Cures arthritis, tennis elbow and other serious problems
  • Heals scars and injuries
  • Prevents serious injuries
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Burns fat
  • Breaks muscle knots and tension
  • Improves flexibility and mobility
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Reduces depression
  • Promotes sleep
  • Corrects posture
  • Lowers blood pressure


»» What are the Possible Side Effects of Deep Tissue Massage?


Due to the intensity of the work done upon your body, it will have the following side effects:

  • Your muscles feel sore due to the intense work done upon it for the first time or after a long time
  • You might feel dizzy or sick due to the toxins released in the body
  • You might feel emotional due to the hormonal changes that take place
  • You feel tired or sleepy due to the intense work that took place in your body


»» How Will You Feel After a Massage You Prepared For?


Taking the precautions mentioned above can certainly minimize the negative after effects of deep tissue massage. You can expect the following after taking these precautions:

  • You will feel light and fresh.
  • You will be more relaxed.
  • You might feel more flexible.
  • You’ll feel tired or sleepy.
  • You’ll be thirsty or dehydrated.

Drinking water before the massage isn’t enough. You will need more after the session too. There’s a lot more to learn on what to do after a deep tissue massage.

If you’ve never got a deep tissue massage before, believe me your first experience will be great. If you work out your muscles a bit before the session, you’ll feel lesser discomfort or pain.

If you face back pain or stress at work, one session might not be enough for you. Regular massage benefits more than a onetime experience.

Since going to the spa regularly practically isn’t possible, you can consider buying yourself a self-massage device that can be conveniently used at home, in the car or even in your office. If you want to save time, you can consider buying a neck back massager pillow with heat.

Massage isn’t just a luxury; it’s a need for your body. You’ve considered working out to keep fit, entertaining yourself at night to relax and so much more. Doesn’t inculcating a strong massage once in 2 weeks feel like a convenient option to you?

first experience of deep tissue massage


»» Frequently Asked Questions:


1.What is tissue massage?

A.Your muscles are made out of several tissues. Tissue massage refers to deeply relax the muscles to benefit each and every tissue it is made of. Whether you have strained and tired muscles, stiffness due to knots or a serious problem like arthritis, you can solve it by regular sessions of deep tissue massage.

2.How does massage work?

A.If I were to talk about massage in general, it works by relaxing the area being worked upon. You lubricate the skin with some oil so that the masseuse can rub her hand smoothly to stretch stiff muscles. If you use an electrical massage device, you won’t need any oil as the rolling balls of the massager with do the job.

3.How does deep tissue massage work?

A.Deep tissue massage works by penetrating into the inner layers of your muscles to reach out to the connective tissues. As they loosen up and knots break, blood rushes through them which relieve you of pain. Since the body feels good, the level of Oxycontin hormones rise and stress reduces.

4.Can a deep tissue massage make you sick?

A.Yes, you might feel sick after a deep tissue massage. This can be for 2 reasons:

  1. If you eat just before a massage.
  2. The toxins released in the body due to breaking of muscle knots need to be flushed out.

5.What are the side effects of a deep tissue massage?

A.Following are the side effects of a deep tissue massage:

  • Feeling sick
  • Muscle soreness and pain
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling tired or drowsy
  • Feeling dehydrated

Taking precautions before and after a massage minimizes these side effects.

6.How do I prepare for my first massage?

A.If it’s your first massage, I suggest you to do everything I said above. If you stretch your muscles a bit before the massage, the effect won’t be too strong on you. A sauna will release some existing toxins and some water will keep you hydrated. This will minimize the possible side effects for a first timer.

7.What should I do before and after a massage?

A.Some of these things should be done both before and after massage:

  • Hydrating yourself
  • Relaxing
  • Staying away from alcohol
  • Avoiding coffee

8.What should you not do before a massage?

A.There are certain things you should strictly avoid before a massage:

  • Alcohol
  • Sun bath
  • Heavy meal

9.How do I get the most out of my massage?

A.To get the most out of your massage, take the precautionary steps before and after your session. Keep yourself hydrated, stay calm and avoid coffee, alcohol and heavy meals. Make sure you’re comfortably dressed; would be better if you’re undressed so that more work can be done upon you. Forgetting your worries and indulging into the moment will enhance the feeling.

10.Can massages make you emotional?

A.Yes, massages can make you emotional. This is simply because of the hormonal changes that take place in your body. Since your body gets deeply relaxed, the level of Oxycontin, a happy hormone rises and stress hormone reduces. The change can trigger other hormonal levels to change as well. When the imbalance is too much, you might feel emotional.

11.What is an appropriate tip for a massage?

A.Usually you don’t have to tip for a massage. A lot of spas don’t allow it either. However, if you’re going through a gift voucher or are extraordinarily impressed by the masseuse, you can give a 20%.

12.Is it better to sauna before or after a massage?

A.Sauna is recommended before the massage. This is because you sweat a lot. You will feel a bit dehydrated after your massage anyway. The sauna can just add on to it. Moreover, if you release some existing toxins before the massage, there’s a possibility of feeling less sick when more toxins are released after the massage.


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About Kristy

I am Kristy Miller.Blogging is my passion.My long interest and experience with body massage encouraged me to become a health blogger.I want to talk to everyone about the importance of regular massage and self massage. I love to read, write, talk and watch everything about massage, wellness and relaxation.

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