How To Get The Most Out Of Your Massage

What to Wear, What to Tip, and Other Ways to Maximize Your Experience

Ready to book a massage, but wondering how to prepare or what to bring? Check out our 9 best tips below! This checklist helps you cover all the details and get the most out of your massage, so you show up feeling prepared and leave feeling rejuvenated.

Whether you’re already getting regular massages or haven’t yet booked your first one, it’s important to ensure that you get the most out of your sessions. Massage is a practice that can help improve your health in many ways. It’s been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, increase blood flow, and even manage chronic pain. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best tips and tricks to ensure that you feel more relaxed than ever during your next massage.

1. Decide which kind of massage you’re looking for.

Find a massage therapist who offers that specific method. Some of the most popular massage types are: 

  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Cupping massage
  • Medical massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Prenatal massage
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Myofascial release
  • Kinesiology Tape for sports injuries and pain


2. Understand your insurance options.

If any, before you book. Find out whether your insurance covers massage services. And while most massage practices do not accept insurance directly, you can request a receipt, called a superbill, to submit to your health plan for reimbursement.

3. Book your appointment at least a week in advance.

This allows you to plan your appointment day to include the extra relaxation and hydration your body will need. You’ll also have time to think about specific areas or pain points you’d like your therapist to focus on. 

4. Plan your day around your massage.

After being worked on, your muscles need to rest and recover. If possible, plan to go home and relax after your massage.

5. Wear comfortable clothing.

For your session, you will undress to your level of comfort, so wear something that can be removed easily or is made of comfortable fabric if you plan to keep it on. 

6. If you wish to tip your massage therapist, bring cash.

Tipping isn’t required but it is always appreciated! The standard amount is 20% of your appointment fee.

7. Drink plenty of water before and after your appointment.

Although not scientifically proven, many therapists believe that massage releases toxins from the body and that hydrating well helps the body flush them out.

8. Communicate with your therapist during the massage.

They can serve you best when you communicate your needs, like the amount of pressure, room temperature, and music.

9. At the end of your session, schedule your next appointment.

Massage therapy provides the most benefit when it’s done regularly. How often you should book depends on the type of massage you need, as well as your specific health goals and/or underlying health conditions. Ask your massage therapist to help you determine the right frequency for you.

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PMA, “5 Tips To Maximize Your Massage Experience,” The Professional Massage Academy, January 3, 2022, accessed November 23, 2022,

“Hydration and Massage: What’s the Truth?,” European Massage Therapy School, June 8, 2017, accessed November 23, 2022,

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