If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Ladies, if you want your lower back massaged, then yes. Gentlemen, if you want your lower back, hamstrings, or quads massaged, then yes.
It can sometimes be difficult for the therapist to work around underwear while using their feet. You will be properly covered or draped at all times and only the area being worked on will be exposed.
Sure, if you’d like to talk go right ahead. In some instances, people may feel more comfortable starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss. The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If something isn’t working for you, if you get too warm or too cold, or if the pressure needs to be adjusted (lighter or deeper) – speak up! It’s OK!
It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during relaxing massages. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times.
The kind of pain you may feel after a deep tissue massage is very similar to the pain an athlete might feel after an intense workout. Your muscles have essentially been manipulated, stretched, and worked on for the best part of an hour, so naturally, they may feel a little bit tender within the next couple of days.
Working out immediately after a massage can cause strain to your body or result in you being tired and accidentally causing injury. It is best to wait 12-24 hours before exercising to let your muscles recover. While strenuous exercise, such as running, heavy weightlifting and power yoga, may be out, you can still get up and move. A light walk, gentle lap swim or easy stretching may help relieve any post-massage discomfort you experience.