By Hallie Engel

Massage therapy is a relaxing way to dissolve stress and tension. Get the most out of your treatment by checking yourself beforehand to ensure you're in good shape -- if you feel sick or have a skin problem, like a sunburn, reschedule your massage. Wear whatever you want, though slipping into something loose and relaxed makes it easy to change at your appointment. Also, remember to inform your therapist of any allergies or health concerns in advance.

Woman receiving massage
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Woman receiving a relaxing massage while lying on table.

What to Wear

You'll be asked to undress to your level of comfort at your massage appointment. Men should wear loose boxers so their upper thighs remain accessible; as long as they don't cover an excessive amount of skin, most underwear types are acceptable for women. If you have long hair, bring a clip or tie to keep it out of the therapist's way. Leave jewelry at home, or be prepared to take it off during your treatment.

Things to Do Before Your Massage

Eat well before your massage appointment so your food has time to digest and try to shower beforehand, so you're fresh and clean. Be on time, as you'll have difficulty relaxing if you arrive in a stressful rush, according to the University of Minnesota. Before your therapist begins working, let her know about any problem spots or areas on your body in need of extra attention.