Ahhhhhh…..we all love the feeling of a great massage; and enjoy that blissful glow that follows us for the few hours after the session. Massage is an investment of your time and money; and we want the benefits of each massage to last as long as possible. Here’s how Massage Therapists recommend clients can get the most out of their massage sessions:
Allow enough time in your schedule to arrive at your massage a few minutes early without having to rush, fight traffic or miss some of your massage by running late.
Drink extra water both the day before and the day of your massage. Well hydrated bodies are more pliable, making it easier for the therapist to work deeper more quickly and efficiently.
Set goals. Spend a minute thinking thru what you want to accomplish with your massage. Whether it’s relaxation, pain relief, stress management, injury rehab; the more self-awareness you bring to the massage, the more effective it will be.
2. DURING THE MASSAGE
Communicate your goals with your therapist. Also, discuss any areas that are hurting or need extra attention before the session starts.
Breathe and relax. Start your massage with some deep, slow breaths helping your body to relax into the session.
Communicate any objections or directions clearly. If you’re uncomfortable on the table, say so. If your ankle needs some extra attention, say so. If you can’t relax because you hate the music, say so.
3. POST MASSAGE
Move slowly when you get up from your massage. Take time to make sure your head is clear and your body steady before standing.
Drink lots of water. A well hydrated body can best eliminate any waste products released by the massage.
Take it easy. If possible, take a nap or rest for awhile after your massage. If that’s not possible, try to go to bed early; usually after a massage we sleep like babies.
Stretch. Upon awakening the morning after your massage, spend 5-10 minutes doing easy stretches; loosening up your body and re-connecting with the spaciousness and ease created by your massage.
While every good massage therapist will try to create the perfect 60 or 90 minute massage session; you can actually increase the effectiveness and enjoyment of your massage by using these tricks. Regular massage is part of good self-care; care for yourself by getting the maximum benefits from each massage.
Suzanne Andrew, Owner of Island Massage Therapy, Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist. (MA51338) www.IslandMassageOnline.com