You may think that ‘preparing’ for a massage therapy in Brampton appointment is a silly idea, but it’s not as simple as just showing up and getting a back rub – at least it shouldn’t be if you are seeing a real RMT (Registered Massage Therapist). Massage can impact your overall health, and isn’t recommended for everyone, particularly if you have certain medical conditions.
Here are a few tips you can use to prepare for your massage therapy appointment:
1. Know and be able to communicate your medical history.
Your massage therapist in Brampton needs to know your general medical history for quality, liability and emergency reasons. If you have high or low blood pressure, have recently suffered a stroke, are pregnant, have had blood clots in the past, have a pain disorder or nerve damage – all of these things can impact the type of massage you receive, the parts of your body that the therapist focuses on and the manner in which the therapist treats you. For example, a therapist may communicate with you more throughout a treatment to ensure comfort if you suffer from a pain disorder, or they may refuse service if you are considered a high-risk pregnancy.
2. Be aware of your allergies
Brampton massage therapy is a relaxing experience that often involves the use of oils and scents to help relax you during your appointment. Each RMT has their own preference for the oils, products and brands that they use on a daily basis. If you have any allergies to fruits, nuts, plants, or a particular oil, be sure to make your therapist aware of it before your appointment. This will give them time to ensure they have an appropriate alternative product on hand, if their regular products aren’t suitable.
3. Know what you need
It’s definitely okay to head to a Brampton massage appointment with the desire for a general, all-over massage, however, if you do have a problem area or are recovering from a soft tissue injury that you would like the therapist to focus on, be sure to notify them of that when you arrive for your appointment. The therapist only knows what you tell them; if you do not communicate your needs clearly, they cannot not meet them.
Even before you arrive for your appointment it’s a good idea to get in the right frame of mind. Try to clear your head, and avoid scheduling your appointment right before you have to do something stressful. If you are worrying or stressing about something like a job interview, a deadline, or an exam, you may not get the full benefits from your massage appointment because you won’t be able to relax fully.
5. Arrive a little early
Most Brampton massage appointments are proceeded by a questionnaire, which is why you should be aware of the aforementioned items, on top of any medication you may be on. The questionnaire may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to complete, depending on your medical history, current conditions and/or medication list. Give yourself enough time to do this paperwork before your appointment time.