The Magic of Massage
What to Know Before You Have a Massage
Follow Cournoyer's advice for a comfortable, relaxing massage experience:
- Remember that it's your choice whether or not to leave your undergarments on. Therapists can do more work if you disrobe completely (you will be draped with sheets and towels; only the parts being worked on will be uncovered), but it's quite all right to keep your underwear on if that would make you more comfortable.
- Make sure the massage therapist knows of any injuries, surgeries, or illnesses so that he or she can tailor your massage.
- If you are pregnant, check with your doctor before scheduling any spa treatments. Most doctors recommend waiting until the second trimester for a massage.
- Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your appointment. The staff will usually show you around the facilities, plus you'll have time to take a quick shower before your massage begins.
- If you have a preference as to a male versus female therapist, make your request known when you book your appointment. Although spas can't always guarantee the gender, most will try hard to accommodate you.
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