Tips

Tips

How to Get the Most from Your Massage

  1. Take several nice deep breaths. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.
  2. Either eat two hours before your session or wait until after. This will allow your body to concentrate on the massage rather than on digesting any food.
  3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied or rushed state, it may take longer for you to relax.
  4. Take off as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you do not want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow me to work on the areas of your body that need attention. Your privacy is important. I will leave the room while you undress. The massage table will be covered with two sheets and you should lay between them. I will uncover only the part of your body being massaged to ensure that your modesty is respected at all times. When the massage is finished, I will leave the room while you dress.
  5. Communicate with me. I am a professional who is dedicated to do my best to help to feel at ease.
    • Before your session I will ask about the reason for the massage and your expectations. Please tell me about any health issues you have and all medication you are taking.
    • I use jojoba oil to reduce the friction on your skin. It is the highest quality oil available for massage.
    • I typically play music during a massage session to help you relax. If you find it distracting or don’t care for the particular selection playing, please let me know.
    • Some people like to talk during a massage while others prefer silence. Tell me what you prefer.
    • During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it is from the massage, the room temperature, music volume, or lighting.
    • Give me feedback on the amount of pressure, speed of my hand movement, or any other aspect that you would like me to change.
    • Please discuss any apprehensions or concerns you have. It is important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage.
  6. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.
  7. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during massage is counterproductive. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to quiet your mind is to focus on how your body is responding.
  8. When the massage is finished, get up slowly because you may initially be light headed.
  9. Drink extra water after your massage because the toxins in your body have been stirred up and you want to flush them out.
  10. .Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative. The more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.

Source: Based on material from American Massage Therapy Association