Getting the most out of your massage, an integral part of your self-care practice

Getting the most out of your massage, an integral part of your self-care practice



Even if you are a seasoned recipient of professional massage, you might not always get a consistent experience. With these simple tips, you can reliably have a positive experience on the massage table even if you’re seeing a new therapist.



  • Beginning the day before your massage, hydrate as much as possible.
  • Wear comfortable, stretchy clothes – especially if you prefer to keep clothes on during your session.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in, and some self-care preparatory exercises like gentle stretching.
  • Remove watches and jewelry.


Communication: Before your massage starts, don’t hesitate to express your preferences to your therapist. Options include:

  • Pressure
  • Lubrication types
  • Music preferences
  • Table heat and room temperature
  • Draping “snugness”
  • Head cradle position
  • Position (front/back/side)
  • Amount of verbal communication

Prepare your mental list of the aches and pains you are experiencing, and then leave it to your therapist to determine how best to help.

Finally, remember your massage therapist is a person too – respectful and friendly manners work both ways.

Massage is an integral part of your self-care practice – but it’s not the only tool! Self-care covers everything from nutrition and sleep quality to exercise and body care practices.  Being your most healthy self, inside and out, can only benefit you in the long run. Need assistance making the vital shift to lifelong health and vitality? Your massage therapist can help – just ask!


By Dr. Bryen A. Bell, a Board-Certified Chiropractic Physician with over 20 years of professional experience. Contact Dr. Bell at True Potential Chiropractic family care facility. Call 503-574-4872 or visit