- Be sure to drink a sufficient amount of water the day of a massage. Do Not overdue it. It is important to stay hydrated, however it is a myth that you need to drink extra water before or after a massage. Listen to your body. Drink when you’re thirsty. **
- Avoid alcohol the day of a massage. Your last cup of coffee before a massage should be at least two hours before.
- A hot shower before a massage will help relax the muscles.
- Wear loose comfortable clothing. Anma can be performed over clothing. If you prefer clothing optional, I recommend a comfortable pair of shorts or boxers. Some of the stretches, if needed, negate any benefits of appropriate draping.
- Do not drive long distances immediately after an anma massage. Sit and have some tea before beginning any activity that requires focus or is strenuous.
- Take at least 15 minutes after the massage to allow yourself to “get back into your body.” This can be an intense experience for some. Prepare to spend 2 hours at my studio for initial consultation and post debrief and post-massage ergonomic lessons to extend the benefits of the massage.
- Eat well and always take care of yourself. Enjoy your Anma massage.
Precautions to Receiving Anma
Anma will not be applied in the following situations:
- Fever or fainting spells
- Contagious illness
- Recent injury or surgery
- Skin infections
- No alcohol or pain mediation
- Cancer or Leukemia (must have explicit written acknowledgement from your physician)
** The Urban Myth of Drinking 8 Glasses of Water
Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water A Day Is ‘Nonsense,’ Doc Says – Huffington Post
Fact or Fiction? You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily – Scientific American
Water Works – Snopes.com
8 glasses of water a day ‘an urban myth’ – CBCNews
Research Clashes With Flashes on (Eight) Glasses – OHS Canada
“Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.” Really? Is there scientific evidence for “8 × 8”? – American Journal of Physiology