Getting Ready for a Massage? Avoid These 6 Mistakes

When it comes to seeing one of our onsite massage therapists near Marlton, NJ, you can rest assured you won’t have a tremendous amount of responsibility — all you’ll have to do is lay back and relax! While a massage appointment can undoubtedly be relieving, there are a few activities you’ll want to avoid doing beforehand to ensure your trip is as effective and comfortable as possible. Take a look at the infographic below to see what they are, and then continue reading below as we delve further into each one


Water’s just fine, but steer clear of alcohol. When you get a massage, you may feel dehydrated by the end — and if you waltz into the facility hungover, you’re putting yourself at a severe disadvantage! Also, a body full of booze from the night before will only amplify the soreness from a deep-tissue massage.


In the event you get a sunburn, your skin becomes inflamed and highly irritated. Since massages target areas typically afflicted from sunburn (like your back), the entire experience can be extremely unpleasant. If you get a sunburn from spending the previous day outside, consider rescheduling your massage.

Feel Under The Weather

We know, we know. You can’t control when you get sick. Even though feeling ill is involuntary — if your immune system fails you or you have an infection, a massage could spread the infection to other parts of the body. Not to mention, sickness can get other people you interact with sick as well.

Eat a Large Meal

While this one may be a little self-explanatory, it’s still important to note. A massage therapist will put pressure on your back (and as a result, your stomach) continuously, which will only exacerbate discomfort and bloating. The same goes for drinking fluids. Stay hydrated, but don’t overdo it before you come in for an appointment.

Apply Lotion or Topical Medication

During the massage, a massage therapist will cover you in lotions and oils that may not mix well with the skin moisturizers you keep at home. Be mindful of any topical medication you apply before you come in, as it can be spread all over your body. Also, performance tapes or patches may cause your therapist to avoid the areas that need focus.

Don’t Take Prescription Pain Medication

If you’re in enough pain to necessitate medication, it’s best to talk to a certified professional before a massage. Muscle relaxers, mood stabilizers, and other pain medications could interfere with your pain perception or your ability to communicate with your massage therapist. Medication that thins blood should be avoided due to the pressure and increase of blood circulation during a massage.

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