Before your massage
- Schedule your massage at Much Kneaded Massage NYC at least 24 hours in advance – it allows me ample time to set the proper massage tools and equipment.
- Don’t eat a large heavy meal just prior to your massage appointment
- Allow enough time for your session - deep tissue massage strokes are delivered much more slowly. Sessions of 90 minutes should be sufficient. (60 minutes for a smaller area)
- Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to be assessed and to discuss your goals and treatment focus. Example: runners usually have tight calves, or want to have their hamstrings stretched whereas swimmers often prefer a focus on shoulder range of motion issues
- Keep your therapist informed regarding your level of pressure tolerance. One person’s version of light is another’s version of too deep. Additionally, you may have different pressure tolerances on different parts of your body or a problem area may be hyper-sensitive. If the intensity is too great (or too light), the pressure and/or speed of the stroke can be adjusted accordingly.
- A good gauge of sensitivity is on a scale from 1 to 10. Level 1 is you barely feel any sensitivity; pressure level 8 means your muscles are protectively tensing up in resistance. The sweet spot level is 6-7: “yeah - ouch stay right there”. If the excessive pressure causes you to tense up for more than a few seconds, just say “I need for you to lighten up there”. Sensitivity perception is totally subjective therefore your pain scale is unique to only you.
The positive effects of massage are cumulative. If you are experiencing a nettlesome issue, such as the numbness and tingling of carpal tunnel, sciatic pain, or frozen shoulder schedule a weekly series of deep tissue massage appointments. As your condition starts to improve, change to an every other week schedule with the aim of gradually increasing the time between appointments until your condition is resolved or you are in a maintenance mode.