I am badly hurt (from falling off my bike, rolling my ankle, tearing my muscle…); should I come for a massage to ease the pain?

No. If your injury is acute (i.e. very sore, hot, swollen and inflamed), a massage is not recommended. However, once recovery has begun (swelling has gone down, pain is decreased), then a massage will help your healing process. If you don’t know if an injury is acute or not, call or e-mail your massage therapist.

Should I get a massage right before a race or competition?

Because the massage might leave you sore for a couple of days, it is NOT recommended that you get a massage close to any important race, competition or game. Your last massage should be 4-5 days before your event. If you absolutely want a massage closer to your event day, notify your massage therapist who will adapt your session to include pre-event techniques (the pre-event massage is lighter, faster, more relaxing and not intended to change your muscle tone or flexibility).

Will I be sore after my massage?

Sports massage uses deep tissue massage that can leave the muscles tender for one to two days to follow. It is completely normal to experience some soreness after a session, but you shouldn’t have any bruises. After the tenderness recedes, you will have a new-found looseness in your muscles, confirming that it was all worth it! Because the massage might leave you sore for a couple of days, it is NOT recommended to get a massage close to any important race, competition or game.