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What Should You Not Do During Your Massage Session

Key Takeaways:

  • Avoiding Distractions: Ensuring phones and other devices are silenced to maintain a tranquil environment.
  • Communication is Crucial: Refrain from staying silent about preferences or discomfort
  • Physical Preparation: Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, or strenuous activities right before a massage.

When you book a massage, especially at a professional establishment like Dreamclinic in Seattle, it’s not just about what the therapist does.  It’s also about what you, as a client can do to ensure the session is as effective and enjoyable as possible. Understanding the do’s and don’ts of a massage therapy session can greatly enhance the effectiveness and enjoyment of your massage experience.

Avoiding Distractions Once You are in the Massage Room

In a world where we are constantly connected to our devices, one of the key things to avoid during a massage is distractions. This means turning off or silencing your phone and other devices. A massage session is a time to disconnect from the outside world and focus on your well-being.  Minimizing distractions allows your parasympathetic system (rest and relax response) to kick in fully for the most profound relation. At Dreamclinic, we strive to create a calm environment that allows you to relax deeply, and your helping by minimizing interruptions is a crucial part of this.

Communication During the Massage is Crucial

Whether you are loving a particular massage technique or experiencing discomfort, while it might seem polite to remain silent,  this can be a mistake.  Therapists know that each body is unique and count on your feedback for delivering optimal therapeutic results.  If you’re experiencing discomfort, if the pressure is too much or too little, or if you’re not comfortable with a certain area being touched, it’s important to speak up.  The words you can use are “lighten up” or “add pressure.”  The therapists at Dreamclinic are professionals who value your feedback and comfort.  When you speak up, they can adjust their techniques to ensure your experience is positive and beneficial.

Before the massage session

What you do before your massage can also impact your experience. It’s advisable to avoid eating a heavy meal right before your session. A full stomach can be uncomfortable when lying down and can distract from the therapeutic impact of the massage. Additionally, its important to avoid consuming alcohol before your massage.  Blood flow is increased during a massage session and mild intoxication might surprisingly become more than expected. Alcohol can also potentially lead to dehydration, which is counterproductive to the massage’s benefits.

Lastly, it’s recommended to avoid strenuous activities right before your session. Engaging in intense exercise immediately before a massage can leave your muscles too exhausted or tender,  creating risk of micro-injury.  This might detract from the effectiveness of the massage.


In summary, to get the most out of your massage at Dreamclinic or any professional massage center,  take steps to minimize distractions, communicate openly with your therapist, and avoid certain activities or consumption that might hinder your relaxation and the effectiveness of the treatment. Remember, a massage is a partnership between you and your massage therapist, and your actions play a key role in its success.

Stay informed and make the most of your massage experiences by considering these tips during your next session. Your body – and mind – will thank you!

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