TOP TEN THINGS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MASSAGE APPOINTMENT...
You are ready to TRANSCEND TO ZEN LAND and EREASE ALL STRESS IN YOUR BODY during your weekly massage therapy session. How can you assure you bliss out and get the most out of your health care investment?
2. Don't eat right before your appointment. Give your meal time to digest-especially if you have a therapist that offers abdominal massage as part of your session.
3. Remove only as much clothing as you are comfortable. Leaving clothing on is a boundary to let your therapist know that you are not comfortable receiving massage on skin in that area. Often times your therapist will work over your clothing in this area unless you specify.
4. Get ready for your massage on the way to your appointment. Check in with your body and ask yourself "what do I need ?", "what do I want to achieve out of my session?". Setting your intention helps you to be clear about why you are there for massage therapy. Breathe and relax you are about to have an entire hour devoted to what it is YOU NEED.
5. Communicate with your therapist. Massage therapy is team work! You and your therapist should have the same goal for your session-communicate what you need and what you personally like or dislike. The worst thing you can do is not say anything if it is too much or too little pressure, the music is too loud, you are hot or cold, or anything that would help your therapist personalize the session for you.
6. Breathe-breathing (especially long exhales) facilitates the relaxation process in your nervous system. Often times people will hold there breath when a sensitive area is being massaged. Taking a deep breath and relaxing your body into a sensitive area can lessen the sensation of mild discomfort and assist in your body receiving massage to deeper tissues.
7. Relax your body and mind. This is your hour all about you so save what you have to do later for later!!! Instead try focusing on your breathing and with each exhale let your muscles relax deeper into the table.
8. Hydration is an important part of a positive massage experience. Make sure to be hydrated when you arrive so that your muscles and tissues are supple and your lymph can remove toxins easier. Drinking extra water after your session flushes the body and helps you to not be sore or as sore after deep work.
9. Be a regular. Massage therapy works best when received regularly. The health benefits of massage are cumulative. If you are receiving massage to address a chronic issue it will take a few session to disrupt the pattern of what you are wanting to change. It's a process; it takes time and attention.
10. Not all massage is the same. Massage can address many different issues. Stress, pain, digestion, fertility, flexibility, lymph congestion just to name a few.. Make sure you are going to a qualified, experienced massage therapist who specializes or is trained in what you want.