Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Massage

All of us who receive regular massages know that all massage sessions are not created equal. We place a lot of pressure on finding the right fit for a therapist, and a place that takes an individualized and holistic approach (like Elixir does), but did you know that there’s a lot YOU can do to make sure your time on the table is as effective and enjoyable as possible? It’s true. Preparing for and taking care of yourself after a massage can be just as important as your time on the table. With that in mind, here are some tips to get the MOST out of every massage session you book.

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✓Get hydrated!

This seems like a no-brainer, right? But a lot of us still don’t get enough water on a daily basis (especially here in Colorado) and we need even more before a massage for several reasons. First, it helps to ensure that your body is properly hydrated and functioning optimally. When you are dehydrated, your muscles can become tense and tight, making it difficult for the massage therapist to work effectively. Additionally, dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches during the massage session. Second, proper hydration helps to flush out toxins from the body. During a massage, your body releases lactic and uric acid and creatine into the bloodstream. If you are not adequately hydrated, these toxins may remain in your system and cause discomfort. Finally, proper hydration helps to keep your skin lubricated and supple during the massage session. This allows the massage therapist to work more effectively without causing any irritation or discomfort to your skin.

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✓Warm your tissues.

Warming the tissue helps to relax the muscles and increase circulation. This allows for a deeper massage, as the muscles are more relaxed and can be worked on more effectively. The increased circulation also helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to the area, which can help speed up healing and reduce inflammation. Additionally, warming the tissue can help to reduce pain and tension in the area, making it easier for the massage therapist to work on it. So, what are the best ways to warm your tissues pre-massage? Well, there are a few great options we recommend:

→Take a warm bath or shower.

Taking a warm bath or shower can help to warm and soften your tissues and muscles. Elixir has some amazing products that can add even more benefit to your bathtime, which is recommended for recovery post-massage as well.

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Schedule an infrared sauna before your session.

Elixir’s infrared sauna is an effective way to warm up tissues and relax muscles. Our therapists notice the difference in our guest’s bodies when they do this ahead of time and are able to make better progress in the time allotted. 

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Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body, which helps to warm up the tissues and muscles.  

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Drink hot beverages.

Drinking hot beverages such as tea or coffee can help to warm up your tissues and relax your muscles. Try some of our hot tea next time you’re in! They’re caffeine free, delicious, and offer a host of health benefits.

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✓Extra tight?

Add a massage enhancement to help loosen your muscles and tissues to your traditional massage. We recommend the Hypervolt, Soft Cupping, CBD Oil Upgrade, and Hot Stone Enhancements. Each provides incredible benefits that traditional massage alone cannot achieve. 

✓Reduce your body’s inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory supplements, such as ginger, turmeric, and omega-3 fatty acids, can have a beneficial effect on reducing inflammation and promoting overall health, which can help improve the effects of massage therapy. Before taking any anti-inflammatory supplements, it’s important to consult with your doctor to determine if they are appropriate for you and to ensure that they won’t interact with any other medications or health conditions that you may have.

Elixir Mind Body Botanicals Relief Gel B&A

Elixir Mind Body Botanicals Relief Balm and CBD products are a great way to topically prep your extra-tight areas for massage, and aid in recovery afterward! Tip: they’re also great for pre and post-workouts and everyday aches and pains.

Elixir Mind Body Botanicals Topical CBD products✓Avoid heavy meals.

Eating a heavy meal just before a massage can make you feel sluggish, so it’s best to avoid large meals within an hour or two of your appointment. Eating a large meal can cause discomfort, as your body is working to digest the food, which can make it difficult to relax. Additionally, lying down soon after eating can cause heartburn or indigestion for some people, which can be uncomfortable during a massage. To get the most benefit from your massage, it’s best to eat a light meal or snack a few hours before your appointment.

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✓Communication is key!

Communicate with your therapist: Let your therapist know about any areas that need extra attention, any specific health conditions or injuries, and what you hope to get out of the massage. Our Massage Therapists are professionals who want to give you the best possible service each and every time. So don’t hesitate to speak up about your concerns, goals, and any changes you’re looking for during your session. Not sure if your Therapist is the best fit for you? Talk to our Front Desk Team and let them know what you’re looking for to get a great alternative recommendation. 

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✓Arrive early.

Arriving 10-15 minutes early for your appointment can help you relax and settle in before your massage as well as complete any unfinished intake forms.  This information helps us to customize your service and avoid any contraindications based on your answers. Enjoy one of our wonderful heated neck wraps and a beverage while you take a few moments to breathe, relax, pause from your busy day, and remember just how important this time is to care for yourself. You deserve it.

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✓Pre-book your next appointment.

Book your next massage at checkout.  This way you are sure to stay on a regular schedule and all the progress you made with your body goals today will not have to be revisited again because you’ve waited too long between massages.  You will also be more likely to book your preferred time and day with your favorite provider. This gives you something to look forward to which benefits both your mind and body.  Not sure about your schedule Elixir offers 24/7 online booking.

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