Preparing for Anma

  • Mountain PoseBe 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)

More frequently asked questions.




** 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 –
8 glasses of water a day ‘an urban myth’ – CBCNews
Where did the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day myth come from? – The Week
What Drove Us to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day? – Mercola
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

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