You've scheduled your massage, congratulations you're on your way to peace of mind. But there are few nuances you may want to consider before you arrive to your appointment (psst, heres an extra tip arrive at least 10 minutes early even if you have to wait in your car, use the time think of any details you want to share with your therapist, answer last minute messages, etc). Here are 7 tips to ensure you truly enjoy massage therapy.
1. Eat & Drink Water: Prepare your body exercise! HUH? Yes, during your massage the technician will be kneading and applying pressure to your fatigued muscles and your blood circulation will increase, often resulting in you feeling like you had a good work out. Nourishing and hydrating your body will give your the necessary fuel to withstand the restoration process, this is especially true for Thai or Deep Tissue massage. And lets face it, hearing and feeling your stomach growl is going to disrupt your chi.
2. Know the Type of Massage You Want: Having a clear understanding about what you want to experience is key to having a great session. Your body may need a deep tissue but you may want lighter pressure with a focus on relaxation. Express that at the beginning of your appointment and a seasoned therapist will know how to customize your session to fit your desires.
3. Communicate with Your Massage Therapist: Ok, I know I said this in the previous tip but theres more. If at any point during your session your are uncomfortable in any way let your massage technician know. If the pressure is too light or too firm, let your technician know. If you need to use the rest room or happen to get thirsty...let your therapist know, their goal is make sure you are comfortable and relaxed.
4. Clear Your Mind: Now, this might be the most difficult thing to do but, part of relaxing is stepping away from what you cannot control in the present moment. Take this time to honor yourself by giving yourself permission to not think about your worries and stresses for the time you're on the table.
5. Breathe: The worst thing you can do during a massage is hold your breath. Regardless of the type of massage you are receiving taking deep, slow and rhythmic breathes will help your body and mind relax. If you find yourself needing to hold your breathe it is possible the therapist misgauged your comfort level with pressure and they need to lighten up.
6. Avoid: For your own comfort and safety defer from drinking alcohol, eating too heavy, shaving just before (especially if you're planning to get any body treatments), or taking any mind or muscle-altering drugs.
7. Schedule Your Next Session: Massage therapy is one of the oldest forms of medicine and when received regularly massage can improve your total well-being.Having your session on the books will give you something to look forward to and one less item on the to-do list. It's the 60 minute massage having the same effect as 7-8 hours of rest for me, a no brainer!