7 more massage questions
More Massage Questions
Following the success of our last blog, we’ve got a few more questions and answers that we get a lot at Massage Remedies Javea, from farting to tipping (the bigger the former, the bigger the latter – JOKE!), take a look down and see if any of these genuine questions can help put your mind at ease.
1. Does it make a massage more effective if I don’t wear underwear (or do wear underwear)?
If the athlete is in need of a relaxing massage, being completely undressed can allow the therapist to address all areas of tissue without the need of working through the sheet. This does not necessarily make the massage more effective, however. A professional, knowledgeable sports massage therapist can work through clothing or sheets and still be effective. If the client is more comfortable wearing underwear, then they should, as this will help them relax on the table and not worry about being exposed. If the sports person is going to be stretched extensively, then wearing underwear/shorts/sports bra can allow the massage therapist to be unencumbered by a sheet while draping their athlete. Communicate with your therapist prior to the session to determine what you should wear to meet your needs and wants.
2. I farted during a massage. I was so embarrassed, but I pretended like nothing happened. Should I have said something?
An “excuse me” would be nice! The last time this happened, I asked my client, “what else did you have with your broccoli last night?” We both laughed! Farting, burping and stomach rumblings are all part of the body working naturally, so no worries.
3. I’ve never had a massage before. Should I schedule one?
Yes. However, it is very important you let your therapist know you have never received a session before and you do not want to receive an overly intense massage. Schedule the massage three days before your event, race or competition, request moderate pressure, nothing specific, full body, with some stretching. And communicate! Do not allow them to go to deep or too intense. Be sure to schedule your post-race massage one or two days after your race.
4. Is there ever a circumstance or injury where massage could make things worse instead of better?
Yes, there are contraindications when a massage should not be performed: an acute injury, an opened wound, when an athlete is feverish, to name a few. First duty of a massage therapist is to cause no harm. If in doubt, communicate with your therapist.
5. How far out before a race should I schedule a massage?
Hopefully the sports person has incorporated maintenance and rehabilitative massage into their training calendar. Most receive pre-race massage three days before race day and post-race two days after. Two to three days beforehand allows an athlete’s body to receive moderate to intense massage therapy which should not inhibit performance, and, hopefully increase performance. All athletes’ bodies are different, so knowing your body will help you determine how close to race day you should receive bodywork.
6. Why does my therapist always tell me to drink lots of water after the massage is over?
There is an overused myth in the massage world which expresses massage therapy releases toxins. Massage therapists ask clients to drink plenty of water to help flush out these toxins. However, there is no clinical research to provide evidence that massage therapy releases toxins. That being said, massage therapy does generate heat. This heat can create a sensation of thirst, so, drinking water will help quench this thirst, plus, drinking water is good for the body.
7. I’m never sure about gratuities. How much should I tip?
Gratuity is an act of gratitude, it is never a requirement to tip. If you are a gracious receiver of an awesome massage 15-20% is a standard percentage. The ultimate gratuity is not gratuity, but re-booking the next massage.