Before your massage:
- Please ensure that you are clean.
- Be aware that clothing will need to be removed from the areas being massaged.
- Your clothes may soak up some excess oil from your skin after your massage so make sure you’re wearing something you’re happy to get a bit oily.
- Be aware that your hair may get oily, particularly around the face and nape of neck, depending on the type of massage.
- Make sure to let the therapist know how you like your pressure and if there’s anywhere in particular that is tense or that you think needs special attention during the massage.
- Let your therapist know if there are any areas of your body that are painful or sensitive that you would like the therapist to avoid or only use light pressure on the area.
- Make sure to tell your therapist of any contraindications and/or medical conditions you may have that could affect the treatment.
- The most common oils used during body massage are Almond oil, rich in vitamin E, and Grapeseed oil, high in vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids.Please make sure to let the therapist know if you have any allergies in case they need to alter any of the products used in your treatment.
- Before your head massage please ensure that your hair is brushed and loose – remove hair ties.
- Please ensure makeup is removed – for Tranquil Tides massage.
- One benefit of a head massage is that oil will be used in your hair – usually coconut oil. Coconut oil moisturises your hair and scalp and encourages hair growth by stimulating follicles. It promotes scalp health, adds lustre, shine and softness to the hair, and it also helps prevent hair breakage and split ends.Make sure to tell your therapist if you would prefer that oil not be used in your hair for the massage.
After your massage:
- If possible, try to relax for the rest of the day.
- Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of water or herbal tea.
- The oils that are used have moisturising and healing benefits, so allow the oils to be absorbed by your skin for as long as possible after your massage. If you’ve had a head massage, it is beneficial for you to avoid washing your hair for several hours after your treatment. This allows the oil to really penetrate and nourish the hair and scalp.
- To fully benefit from your massage treatment, for 24 hours after your massage it is recommended that you avoid stimulants (including caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol), strenuous activity, heat treatments, and heavy meals.
Be aware that it’s possible to experience a variety of reactions following a massage. You will usually feel very relaxed, however, you may experience:
- Aching and sore muscles
- Heightened emotions
- Headache – particularly after a head massage
- Mild cold / flu symptoms
These reactions are normal and show that your body is going through a healing process.
If symptoms persist please seek medical advice.