Massage therapy has been around for hundreds of years, and while many people consider it to be a luxury, you can obtain many health benefits from therapeutic massage. It may aid in stress relief, pain management, and muscle stiffness. When you get a massage, there are several things you can do to make the most of it and enjoy it to the fullest extent possible.
Refrain from drinking alcohol and eating heavy foods before your massage. Drink plenty of water and have a light, healthy snack beforehand if you are hungry.
Arrive a little early so you do not feel rushed or miss part of your appointment. The more relaxed you are when you arrive, the more quickly you will slow down and enjoy your massage.
Give yourself plenty of time to relax after your massage. Don’t schedule it for a time when you will have to rush out and pick up your kids from school the second it is over. Your feelings of relaxation after your massage will last much longer if you allow yourself time to ease back into your schedule.
Relax while you are getting your massage. It is not the time to worry about what you are cooking the kids for dinner or how you are going to pay your credit card bill next month. Try to clear your head of all distractions by focusing on something that makes you feel content. You might want to picture your favorite vacation spot and pretend you are there.
Disrobe only as much as you are comfortable. If you are embarrassed or worried about what you are or are not wearing, you will not enjoy your massage as much as you would otherwise. However, keep in mind that you will be covered by a sheet or blanket during your massage. The therapist will only uncover the body part she is massaging and cover it when she is done.
Don’t feel the need to make conversation while you are getting a massage. If you want to talk to your therapist, do so, but don’t feel pressured to talk. Your massage therapist wants you to do what is most comfortable and relaxing for you.
Breathe normally during your massage. Do not hold your breath or breathe more slowly than normal.
If there is a sauna or steam room, use it before your massage. It may help you relax.
If you feel uncomfortable during your massage, you can end it immediately. While it is unlikely you will feel this way, it is perfectly acceptable to end your massage at any time.
Communicate with your massage therapist. If you are uncomfortable about disrobing, tell her. She may recommend a chair massage, which will allow you to enjoy your massage while remaining fully clothed. If you are having a specific problem, such as pain in your lower back, tell her so she will know to focus on that particular area. If you have a concern during the massage, such as the temperature being too cool or the pressure from the massage being too hard, communicate these things to your massage therapist. After all, the goal if for you to feel as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
With proper preparation and communication, you can make the most of your massage and reap numerous positive benefits from it.