Tips for communicating with your MT-
Know your goal for that session. If it is relaxation, great. If it is mostly relaxation and relieving tension in your upper back and shoulders, great!
Let your therapist know your workout schedule and a basic idea of what you do. If you compete, that schedule is important. You don't want a 90 minute Swedish session the day before a race.
Once on the table or mat, let the therapist know if you want more or less pressure. If your therapist hits a sore spot, let her/him know. Likely it was noticed, but verification is nice.
After the massage, drink water.
Fluids have been moved all over your body.
And to respond to the lactic acid comment.
It is true that massage within an hour of exercise moves lactic acid, basically wringing it from the muscle fibers.
After an hour the metabolic system has cleared it up.
Other waste products are present, and can be moved with massage.
Post event massage in the two to 24 hour period is not clearing lactic acid in healthy people. It isn't present.
- 7/6/2012 1:35:17 PM