We’re always up for a challenge, so when it was suggested that we go in search of understanding how to enjoy massages in Saigon, we gladly explored the sensory world of spas and compiled a list of the best tips given by masseuses in Ho Chi Minh City.
Evening or morning?
Some people feel energized after a massage and thus prefer to receive it early in the day, whereas others prefer to go in the evening to relieve stress and experience a deep restful sleep. Think about what makes sense to you before you go, and trust your instincts.
Forget to drink coffee after a massage
If you schedule an early-morning massage, make sure to drink your morning coffee before, not after. Did you know that drinking caffeine after a massage can cause the muscles you just worked on to stretch? Instead, drink herbal tea or water.
Avoid eating anything before your massage
A full meal before a massage is not recommended. Massage can stimulate your digestive system, causing it to work better and harder. If you eat a large meal before your massage, you may feel bloated and gross.
Before your massage, make sure you’re properly hydrated, and then drink plenty of water afterwards. Inflammation and toxin buildup in stressed muscles can prevent essential nutrients and oxygen from reaching where they need to go, contributing to pain and stress. A massage helps your blood and oxygen circulate better, and the water aids in the elimination of the toxins released. However, if you want to avoid a toilet break, avoid drinking right before the massage.
Avoid combining alcohol with massage! Even if you have consumed alcohol in the previous 24 hours, we recommend postponing the massage. A massage session stimulates blood flow, which causes the toxins to amplify the negative effects of alcohol.
Are underwear required?
Lying naked on a massage table can be intimidating. Of course, masseuses are exposed to nudity all day, every day. Wearing certain undergarments may interfere with a massage. Spas in Vietnam will frequently provide paper/disposable underwear to avoid oil spots on your own underwear.
You’ll be told that taking a hot shower before your massage is the most relaxing way to prepare. This is mostly correct. For obvious reasons, you will be less tense, and the masseuse will appreciate your cleanliness but hot water can also increase blood circulation and sweat production during the session…
Before or after working out?
Going to play sports after a massage is generally not a good idea. After being so relaxed, you may become too tired, injure yourself, or simply lose motivation. It is best to get a massage after working out. Wait 24 hours after a deep massage before engaging in any sport. Deep work can, in fact, cause micro tears in the same way that an intense workout can. Muscles require recovery time.
Nothing is worse than leaving a spa unhappy. The masseuses cannot read your mind, so do not be afraid to tell them at the start of the session or during the session what type of pressure you prefer (soft, average, strong) and which parts of your body they should or should not touch. They genuinely appreciate it.
In case of sunburn or a contagious disease, avoid the massage (for more than obvious reasons) or if you are allergic to certain oils, lotions, etc. Do not hesitate to bring your own products, Spas in Vietnam are generally ok with that.
Remember to take deep breaths
When a masseuse works on a slightly blocked area of the body, the tendency is to contract muscles and stop breathing. This is a mistake because it is critical to breathe properly in order to oxygenate the blood and relax the muscles.
Yes, you can sleep
One of the greatest compliments for a masseur is the sound of snoring during a massage session.
You can have a duo massage in the privacy of a cabin with your husband or friends. The practice is common in Vietnam.
Is a massage session once a year beneficial?
It is best to get massages on a regular basis. A massage does, release endorphins, which have their own healing properties. Because the body moves constantly, no muscular pain can ever be completely eliminated, but massages practiced on a regular and long-term basis can relax, reduce stress, resolve muscle injuries, and refine the silhouette.
Tip, or no tip?
Remember that a tip is usually expected at the end of the session in Vietnam. That is frequently the only wage a masseuse receives.