Here are some great tips to help you get the most from your massage therapy session!
Be as open and receptive to the massage process as possible. This helps you to relax and and get all the healing and relaxing benefits massage can provide.
Don’t eat before your session. Eating can cause you to feel bloated or have heart burn which will be a major distraction and detract from the positive outcome of your experience.
Be on time. Try to allow extra time to get to your session to avoid feeling frenzied and rushed, which will impede your ability to relax sooner.
Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. The whole point of the massage session is to provide you with comfort, relaxation, and stress relief. If you wish not to remove your clothing or some of your clothing, then wear the most comfortable clothing you have that will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body that you decide you want massaged.
The massage therapist will leave the room while you disrobe and re-dress providing you with the most privacy and linens will be provided to cover you with for your comfort, warmth as well as privacy. The therapist only uncovers the part of your body that is being massaged, ensuring modesty respect at all times.
Always feel free to communicate with your therapist.
Give accurate health information before the massage and let your therapist know your expectations and concerns or reasons for your massage.
Let the therapist know if you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, as we use them to provide less friction on your skin.
Let your therapist know if you have any preferences to music or prefer no music during the session. Some people like to talk during the session while other prefer to remain silent…let your therapist know what you prefer.
Report any discomfort during the massage, whether due to environment, or depth of pressure or movements/stretches the therapist performs on your limbs/body.
You have the right to tell the therapist to stop a manipulation, or change it. You also have the right to end the session at any time for any reason.
Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist about any apprehensions or concerns you may have. This will help the therapist respect your wishes and help to put you more at ease.
Breathe normally. Breathing helps to relax and put you at ease.
Relax not only your muscles, but your mind as well! If you find you are tensing up and your mind is racing during the session, try following the therapist’s hands during the massage and concentrated on how their touch feels.
Drink extra water after your massage. This helps your body flush out the toxins that have been released in your body during the massage. Neglecting to drink enough water after a massage can lead to achy muscles and a flu-like feeling. Also taking a hot bath in a whole carton of epsom salts a day or two after the massage helps the muscles feel less achy.
After your massage, don’t get up too quickly. You may feel dizzy or light headed. Give your body time to adjust to the results of the session and proceed to get up when you feel comfortable. Also if you need help getting up, don’t hesitate to ask your therapist for help…we can help you sit up and regain your balance without compromising your modesty.
Be prepared to schedule many sessions. Massage is a cumulative therapy, meaning you get better results from continued sessions, like physical therapy. The more often you get a massage, the more quickly your body will respond each time…like lifting weights…the more regularly you do it, the stronger your muscles get.