Have good general hygiene. If you have time before getting the massage, then take a shower/brush teeth/shave/use deodorant/etc.
Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it will take longer to relax.
Be receptive. Don`t eat just before a massage session.
Drink LOTS of water. It will help keep you hydrated throughout the entire massage which will keep you from getting thirsty in a warm room but also help your muscles work more efficiently.
Think of any questions or anything you want to tell your MT before the massage. Some times clients forget that the Massage Therapist has other appointments but do want/need you to ask questions and make them aware of anything health related.
Go to the bathroom. You don’t want to be thinking about how much you have to go halfway through the massage.
Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent. In general you should do whatever you feel like, and the massage therapist will follow your lead.
Breathing helps to facilitate relaxation. People often stop breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged. If you realize this is happening, remind yourself to breath.
Try not to tighten up during the massage. Let your massage therapist know if this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique being used. They may also be able to help you relax the affected area.
If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more "body-centered" and to quiet the mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.
If anything happens during the massage that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
If you are dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast.
Drink extra water after a massage.
Allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session if possible. Sometimes one needs a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session or needs some "re-entry" time.