A therapeutic massage is a perfect way to unwind and relax while managing stress, pain and tension. If you’ve never enjoyed a massage before, there are a few things to keep in mind to prepare yourself for the best experience.

Before your appointment, make sure you’re staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. The process helps your body eliminate toxins, so you’ll want to follow up with extra hydration as well. To make the most out of this detox, soak in an Epsom salt bath 12 to 24 hours after your massage.

Wear your favorite loose-fitting clothes to keep the relaxation going once the treatment has ended and to make changing easy. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your therapist before, during and after your session. Identify areas where you feel pain or tension and areas you want them to avoid.