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Integrity Massage Therapy FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you've never had a massage before or you're still fairly new to it, you'll have questions.
Let us address some common massage FAQs for you!

 

Do I have to take my clothes off?
How can I find the RMT I was seeing when they've changed clinics?
How often should I come for massage?
I'm self-conscious about..... what should I do?
Is massage painful?
Please note: Every Massage Therapist is Different!
Should I/do I talk to my RMT during my massage?
Tipping?
What happens if I'm feeling sick prior to my appointment?
What if I fall asleep and/or drool/snore/pass gas?
What is a muscle knot?
When should I see a massage therapist?
Why do I get so congested while having a massage?
Integrity means a person is self-aware, accountable, responsible, and truthful and that their actions are internally consistent.

5 Things to Do After a Massage to Get the Most Out of It!



1. Have a light snack
Massage can lower blood sugar levels, which can leave you feeling lightheaded, or as massage therapists sometimes call it, ‘massage drunk’! Avoid dumping a big meal on your system right after. A light snack containing healthy carbs and protein is the best choice-try some veggies with hummus or an apple with a piece of cheese.



2. Drink plenty of water
Massage promotes the breakdown of metabolic waste - the deeper tissue massage = the more metabolic waste, (which is what gives you that achy, stiff, and sluggish feeling). *This feeling after massage is normal!* However, water helps the body process, flush, and rid of this waste faster, helping you feel better quicker. Avoid caffeinated beverages afterwards as they will dehydrate you even further. Don’t like plain water? Try adding a few slices of lemon, or opt for a non-caffeinated herbal tea instead.



3. Take it easy
If possible, take a rest day/avoid stressful or strenuous situations after a massage as these will spike your blood pressure. Avoid heavier exercise for at least 12 hours after massage. Your muscles have been loosened and a heavy workout will put them under strain and undo the benefits of the massage you just had. If you really want to exercise, stick to a short, gentle walk.



4. Have a warm bath/shower a few hours after your massage
The warm water will help relax and soothe those muscles even further. Try adding Epsom salts to your bath - the Magnesium Sulfate penetrates the muscles as it absorbs through the skin easily, eliminating the metabolic waste and lactic acid released into your body from massage. If you’re in discomfort or feeling inflamed after a massage, opt for a cool bath/shower instead, or apply ice wrapped in a towel on the specific area - 10 mins on, 10 mins off, 2-4x repeated.



5. Be prepared to experience differing emotions
Massage has been found to help with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, stress... and the list goes on! That said, don’t be alarmed if you experience any release of emotions post-massage, which could look like anything from crying, laughing or euphoric feelings, to being extremely tired. Whatever feelings arise, simply notice them and then let them pass.