Getting a massage is a relaxing and enriching experience. However, if you’ve never had one, you’ll want to know what you need to do. Don’t worry; it’s not very difficult to get ready for a massage, and even if you do something that’s not quite right, your therapist will likely understand. The main rule is to relax and enjoy yourself!
[Edit]Deciding When and Where to Get a Massage
Skip the massage if you have a fever or you’re feeling sick. You definitely don’t want to make your massage therapist sick. They could pass on your illness to other patients, making lots of people sick, so it’s best to stay home!
Plus, some massage therapists suggest that certain types of massages stimulate your body’s defenses. That may sound good, but it can make your symptoms worse and not shorten the length of the illness.
Wait to get a massage if you’ve been in a car accident or had another injury recently. If you’ve been in a car accident or suffered some other type of fall or accident, you may have injuries that you’re not aware of yet. A massage could make that worse, particularly if you have a torn ligament or something of that nature so wait until after you’ve seen a doctor before you decide to get a massage. Make sure your health is in order before getting a massage.
Talk to your doctor if you’ve recently been in an accident so that they can clear you to see a therapist.
Avoid massages if you have skin irritation or sunburns. If you have major rashes, poison ivy, or a sunburn, you should wait until those are cleared. Having someone rub your skin and muscles will only make these worse.
Plus, you don’t want to pass anything on to your therapist, even though they can use gloves.
Workout before your massage, not after. A massage after working out can help with recovery. Plus, your muscles are already relaxed and warmed up for the massage. However, if you work out after your massage, you may be more prone to injury because your muscles are so relaxed.
Stabilize your medications before getting a massage. If you’re working with a doctor to figure out the right dose for a medication, you should wait to get a massage. The deep-tissue stimulation can affect your dosages so you’ll have a harder time getting them right.
Similarly, you shouldn’t get a massage if you’re suffering from certain conditions, such as a recent stroke or heart attack, hemorrhages, meningitis, or pneumonia. If you’ve had a recent illness, talk to your doctor about when it’s safe to get a massage.
Find a therapist who’s sympathetic to your needs. When searching for a therapist, ask your friends and family for recommendations, particularly those who have similar aches, pains, and illnesses. Then, call around to ask about the therapists’ specialties, style, training, years of experience, and prices.
Try to find someone with at least 500 hours of experience from an accredited school. You can check accreditation online.
You can also check to see if they’re certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or members of the American Massage Therapy Association and the Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals, both of which indicate a certain level of professionalism.
Decide if you can commit to more than one session. While it’s not essential to have multiple sessions, you will see a larger benefit from doing several sessions in a row, rather than a one-off session. Try a session once a week for a month, for instance, to reap the full benefits.
Some therapist may offer a small price break if you can commit to multiple sessions.[Edit]Preparing before You Get to the Spa
Take a shower before you visit. Of course, you might not be able to take a shower right before you visit the massage parlor, but it is nice to take one at least within a couple of hours of your appointment. If you’re coming after work or rushing from somewhere, though, your therapist will understand.
However, you don’t need to worry about shaving your legs or getting a pretty pedicure. Just come as you are!
Also, skip any perfumes, colognes, or aftershaves, which can be strong in a small room.
Drink enough water to be hydrated before and after the massage. While you don’t necessarily need to drink extra water, you should drink enough that you’re hydrated. Staying hydrated before and after the process can only help.
Men should drink of water per day, while women should drink a day. However, if you drink when you’re thirsty, you should be fine.
Wait at least an hour after eating to get a massage. If your stomach is full, you’re not going to be comfortable for your massage. Let your body have time to digest, and you’ll have a much better time.
However, it’s a good idea not to go to your appointment ravenous, as that will make you uncomfortable, too.
Carry enough money for at least a 20% tip. Just like most areas of the service industry, it’s customary to give your therapist a tip. In high-end spas, tips can even be as much as 30-40%.
Keep in mind that therapists don’t work a steady 40 hours a week, so any extra is helpful.
Bring information on your medical history so you can fill in the clinic’s forms. You may be able to fill in these forms online ahead of time, but if you can’t, you’ll need to fill them out when you get there. Write in any medical conditions, along with problem areas you’d like to see addressed. Also, if you don’t want any areas touched, you can note that on this form, too.
For problem areas, you might suggest you’re having problems with your shoulders or you’re having lower back pain, both of which the therapist can help address.
You’ll also be asked about your pain levels and what makes it better or worse.
Have a list of the medications you’re on, too.[Edit]Getting Ready at the Spa
Arrive at your appointment ahead of time. If you are rushing to get there, you won’t have time to calm yourself down before your massage. Being calm will help it go more smoothly. How tense or relaxed you are transfers to your muscles, and you want your muscles as relaxed as possible.
Plus, getting there early gives you time for paperwork.
Make the therapist aware of any allergies you have to oils or lotions. During massages, therapists may apply oils to your skin to help with the massage process. However, if you are allergic to a certain oil, powder, or lotion, they’ll switch to something else.
Your therapist will likely ask you about this, but if they don’t, you can bring it up with them.
Take off any jewelry you’re wearing. That includes earrings, necklaces, rings, and watches. That way, your therapist can access all of your muscles without any restrictions. You may want to leave these at home to make it easier.
Remove only as much clothing as you’d like. You don’t have to strip down for a massage. Just take off what your comfortable removing. If you want to leave most of your clothing on, be sure to pick something that’s soft and comfortable.
If you decide to take off more of your clothing, keep in mind you will be covered by a sheet most of the time. The therapist will only lift the areas of the sheet to reveal the parts they need to work on.
Speak up if you’re uncomfortable. If something doesn’t feel right or if you’d prefer they didn’t touch an area that they’re working on, you can speak up. Don’t be afraid to communicate your wants and needs.
For instance, you might say, “Hey, that feels a little painful. Can you maybe go easier on that spot?”[Edit]Tips
It also helps to go to the bathroom before the massage, so the therapist isn’t pressing on your bladder or stomach while it’s full![Edit]Related wikiHows
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Decorating the getaway car for a wedding is a fun way to greet the newly-wedded couple after the ceremony. Traditionally, the best man and groomsmen decorate the car with ribbons, banners, and other decorations. However, bridesmaids, friends, family, and even the couple themselves can decorate the car. There’s no one right way to outfit the car with ribbon, but it always helps to consider the colors and theme of the wedding when planning your décor. In some cases, the car rental company may even help you decorate, if applicable.
[Edit]Creating a Decorative Scheme
Check to see if the rental company allows decorations, if applicable. In many cases, this won’t be a problem, but it’s always good to check. Check with the company to ensure they will allow decorations on the car, and to see if there are any limits to what you can and can’t include.
Some companies may also require that you purchase a decoration package from them instead of decorating yourself. Ask to see if this is the case for you.
If you’re not renting and plan to decorate a vehicle that belongs to someone else, be sure to ask them if it’s okay before attaching decorations.
Establish the wedding color palette. Weddings often work with a palette of 2-5 colors. These colors are integrated into everything from the flowers to the dresses and tuxes, to reception decorations. Figure out what the color palette for the wedding is so that you can plan the car decorations to match.
If you’re unsure about the palette, white decorations are usually a good option for a traditional wedding.
Ask about a wedding theme. In addition to a color palette, some weddings have themes like art deco, shabby chic, or rock ‘n’ roll. Ask the couple if their wedding will have a theme. If so, look for decorations that fit the overall style and aesthetic of the theme.
For example, if the wedding is shabby chic, you can make a “Just Married” banner for the windshield out of burlap or card stock and twine.
If the wedding theme is rock ‘n’ roll, paint the banner on old 45 rpm vinyl records.
Find out what kind of car the couple will use. The model of car can play into the theme of the decorations, too. Find out what make and model the couple will be riding off in to adapt your décor to vehicle style.
If they reserved a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom limo, for example, the traditional white ribbons and cans would look very appropriate.
If they reserved a 60’s-style Volkswagen bus, you may consider adding some peace signs or tie-dye ribbons to the decorations.
If they’re using their own or someone else’s vehicle, you can consider matching the decorations to the car style or color. You can also go with any ribbon color you like, and not worry about the matching the vehicle.
Check the forecast for the day of the wedding. Since these decorations have to wait outside for the couple, they need to be able to withstand the weather. If it looks like rain on the day of the wedding, consider laminating paper banners or choosing a water-resistant material.
Likewise, think about what the ground outside the venue will be like. If it’s going to be wet and muddy, think about using dark-colored ribbons that will hide the dirt.
Ask the car rental company if they offer decorating services. Limo rental companies, vintage car rental companies, and other companies that do a lot of weddings often offer car decoration packages. Ask a few weeks before the wedding to see if this option is available, if applicable.
These packages usually have an additional fee associated with them, so get a quote or estimate before you book.[Edit]Positioning and Securing the Ribbon
Run ribbons over the front of the hood to create a sleek, modern look. You will need 2 pieces of thick fabric ribbon that measure roughly from the hood of the car to the back of the roof. Secure 1 end of both ribbons to the latch on the front-middle of the hood.
You can also use mounting putty to secure the ribbon in place.
Avoid using tape to secure ribbon to the car, since this could damage the paint.
Use the car’s windows to secure the other ends of the ribbon. After attaching 1 end to the hood latch, pull each ribbon back in a diagonal to form a V shape up toward the rearview mirrors. Secure the other ends of the ribbon by rolling them up in the front windows on either side of the car or tying them around the rear view mirrors.
This technique makes the car look gift-wrapped.
Tie bundles of ribbons onto the rear bumper for a traditional look. Cut several lengths of ribbon long enough to trail behind the car when hung from the rear bumper. The exact number of ribbons you need will depend on the width of the car and how dense you want to make your trail.
For a small ribbon trail, 20-25 lengths of ribbon will do. For a dense trail, it may be closer to 50.
For some cars, you may be able to slip the ribbons through the bumper itself. For others, you may have to bundle the ends of the ribbons and close them in the trunk to get them to stay.
Make sure you don’t obscure the license plate!
Drape tulle on the hood or along the sides of the car. You can wrap the hood in colorful tulle and tie the ends around the rear view mirrors or the car door handles for a simple solution. Secure one end of the tulle at the hood latch, drape it loosely over the hood, and tie the other end around one of the rearview mirrors, the antenna, or the door handles. Use mounting putty to secure the loose tulle to the car’s body.
You can also drape the tulle along the sides of the car or use the trunk to secure sections of tulle to the rear of the car.
Make sure you don’t block the doors with the tulle!
Tie pretty ribbons and streamers to the car’s antenna. Use ribbon in a few different colors, sizes, and fabrics for a fun look. You can knot the ribbons and streamers around the top of the antenna or use tape to attach them. Make sure ribbons are only a few feet long, since longer ribbons may snag on objects or bother other drivers on the road.
You can use as many ribbons you want—just remember to keep your choices pretty simple so that you don’t obstruct the driver’s view!
Try to avoid using thick bunches of ribbons or super wide ribbons, since car antennae aren’t super sturdy. 5-10 lightweight ribbons ought to be enough![Edit]Adding Accents
Make a bow to put on the hood. No matter the wedding theme or aesthetic, bows are a classic decoration. Make a large ribbon bow to put on the hood of the car, or to stick onto the back near the latch of the trunk.
If you choose to pull V-shaped ribbons across the hood of your car, you could put the bow at the front of your hood where the 2 ribbons meet. This covers up any messy ends at the bottom of the V. Use very thick ribbon that’s wide.
You can also make smaller, matching bows to stick on the back of each of the rear view mirrors. Go with ribbon that’s wide for this.
Attach plastic soda bottles to rear bumper streamers. Traditionally, tin cans were used, but these can actually create sparks when they hit the asphalt at high speeds. In some areas, using tin cans for this is even illegal! A safer, more modern take on this is to tie plastic soda bottles to the ends of the ribbons.
A strong double-knot should secure the plastic bottle to the ribbon, but you can also use hot glue.
You could also use small, heart-shaped Mylar balloons instead of plastic bottles for a quieter option!
Attach flower bows to the back of the rearview mirrors. You can buy flower bows at most floral shops in any color you wish. Tie them around the rearview mirrors and secure the flower part to the back of each mirror with mounting putty. Then, let the streaming ends hang down so they’ll flutter in the wind when the couple drives away.
Add other accents like banners or window writing. Accents and banners aren’t necessary, but they are pretty common. Hang a banner from the rear bumper or windshield that says “Just Married,” or something significant to the couple. Use magnetic tape to attach the banner to the car, which shouldn’t cause any damage. Alternatively, you could use window-writing markers to write the message in the rear windshield.
You could also hang the banner on the inside of the back windshield or use decals that stick to the rear window glass to create the message.
As with any décor, make sure you check with the car rental company before you write in the windows.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Various ribbon colors and sizes
Plastic soda bottles
Heart-shaped Mylar balloons