Massage is a brilliant therapy that can be utilised by just about everyone whether it is just for relaxation or for its therapeutic benefits. Make sure you get the absolute maximum benefit from your massage by following these top tips.
Before the massage, there are some great things that you can do to ensure that you are prepared and receptive to the massage. The first is to make sure that you haven’t eaten just before you go in. It’s best to allow some time after your meal in order to allow it to fully digest. You should also not drink any alcohol.
You should talk to your therapist before the massage begins, letting them know about any allergies that you have to oils, lotions, essential oils and so on. Also let them know about your medical history, the reasons why you are having the massage and so on. If you are anxious about any aspect of the massage, talk to them before it begins so that the therapist is able to allay your fears and answer any of your questions.
Also make sure that you arrive to the massage at least on time, if not a few minutes early. This will ensure that you are relaxed and not stressed by having to rush to be on time, or anxious for fear of being late.
During the Massage
You should feel comfortable enough with your therapist to communicate with them during the massage. Let them know if they are doing anything that you don’t like, or ask them to focus on certain areas of your body for longer periods of time. If you don’t like the music they are playing, feel free to ask them to change it or turn it down or off.
Breathing is important during the massage and you should try and keep it even the whole way through, even if they are massaging a sensitive area of your body. Essentially, you should try and breathe through the slight discomfort. Of course, if the therapist is causing pain, let them know so that they can alter their technique or move to a different area.
Once the massage is over, take your time getting up and getting dressed again. Allow yourself some time to “regroup” and to soak in the effects of the massage. Getting up too fast can make you feel a little lightheaded or disorientated.
It is a good idea to drink extra water after the massage. This helps the body to flush out any toxins and to rehydrate itself.
Massage has cumulative benefits so it is often a good idea to schedule another session soon after your current massage is finished. The more often you get a massage, the better you will feel.