Get the most from your therapeutic massage!
Ten Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
1. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible. Remember, massage is different than traditional western medical practice.
2. Don’t eat just before a massage session. Allow your body to digest your meal first.
3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
4. Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. Your massage therapist will ask you to undress to your comfort level and leave the room to allow you time to undress and get comfortable on the massage table. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged. A sheet and towel is provided for draping during your massage session, and your massage therapist will only uncover the body area that is being massaged. After your massage is completed, your therapist will leave the room to allow you privacy while dressing.
5. Communicate with your massage therapist. Give your massage therapist accurate health information and let your massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage. During your massage session, let your massage therapist know at any time if you need more or less pressure. Report any discomfort during your massage, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment. Remember, this is your massage session, your massage therapist is dedicated to make you feel comfortable and at ease.
6. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps to facilitate relaxation. If your massage therapist is massaging a tender or painful area, taking a deep breath helps send oxygen to the area and allows any adhesion’s or lactic acid to break up easier.
7. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels
8. Drink extra water after your massage. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins and lactic acid that the massage helps to break up.
9. Don’t get up too quickly after your massage. You may feel dizzy or light headed after your massage. Get off the massage table slowly and allow time to relax after your massage.
10. Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the faster your body will respond. If you’re getting a Medical Massage to address chronic muscular or a soft tissue injury, more than one session is always needed.