If you’re looking to start a new massage session, here’s what you need: • A clean, sterilised, non-toxic, nonperishable body wash or body oil (a non-scented, nonprescription alcohol-free oil) that is not harmful to your skin • A disposable, nonflammable, nonabrasive cotton pad or tissue, or a clean cloth towel that does not contain alcohol • An appropriately sized silicone massage mat (the size of a large sheet of paper or cloth) for your palm and hand to sit on • A massage wand (optional) for use with your massage pad or towel • A suitable rubberised cloth towel for rubbing your face • A towel or soft cloth to hold the body oil and your massage wand.
• A hand sanitiser and a cotton towel for wiping your hands before and after your session.
What to wear • Your best body is best in the sunlight • Your skin can be as fine or coarse as you like • Your hair can be longer or shorter than your face or scalp • Your face should be free of wrinkles • Your eyes and mouth should be clear and bright • Your nose should be slightly raised, but not too high.
This will help you detect the best amount of skin exposure for your massage.
• Avoid wearing tight clothing.
• Wear comfortable shoes, as this will help your body breathe.
• Keep your hands to a minimum, and make sure you don’t use your hands excessively.
You should wear a towel under your massage mat for the duration of your session, or else your body will feel hot, so you might want to wipe your hands away from your face.
What NOT to do • You should avoid touching your hair or body, as it can cause irritation or burn if you touch it too tightly.
• If you have a cold or flu, wear an extra layer of clothing to protect your face and neck from the flu virus.
• Do not touch your hands or face while you are on your massage mats.
• You can wear gloves while on your mats, but they will not prevent you from touching your body.
• Always wear a mask if you have an allergic reaction to any of the above.
• Before starting a massage session (or any other massage activity), read the massage manual to ensure you understand how to apply the massage, and how to make sure your skin is protected against the harmful effects of the oil and body wash.
• For more information about massage and body health, visit the Royal College of Facial Pain Medicine (RCFPM).