Most people will agree that there is nothing better than a great massage to reduce stress and balance your body’s well-being. Here are some tips that will enhance the massage experience:
- Do your homework prior to choosing a massage therapist. Shop around. Get recommendations to ensure you will have a great experience. Know what you want to get out of the massage. Understand what type of massage the therapist is certified to offer. Ensure if you have insurance that the massage therapist’s certification is up-to-date, and they can provide receipts. Understand the environment you are going to.
- Know your own medical history. A good massage therapist will ensure they have you fill out a health questionnaire. It’s important to know your own health so the massage therapist can avoid any contra-indications to massage. For instance, if you have high blood pressure are you on medication and is it working? Take a moment to review your own health history.
- Arrive a few minutes prior your appointment to take the time to get settled. You will feel more relaxed and not waste valuable time you could be massaging. Don’t show up too early however, most massage therapists need at least 15-20 minutes in between clients to change sheets and take a mini break.
- Drink lots of water before and after the massage. Being hydrated will help you enjoy the massage and after help to eliminate toxins from the body.
- Ask prior to the massage what payments are accepted to avoid having to rush around after you are in a dozy state.
- Give feedback to the massage therapist in real time, not just after the massage. Too cold? Speak up, blankets are always available. Pressure to hard or soft in the massage, speak up, the therapist can adjust. Don’t like the essential oil scent, speak up, it can be changed or eliminated. Once the massage is over, you have missed out on a better massage than if you had voiced your needs.
- If during the initial intake of the health questionnaire you do not feel comfortable, be honest. It’s better if you stay true to yourself and cancel the massage than have a bad experience.
- Bring comfortable clothing with you if coming from the office. It’s uncomfortable to climb into tight fitting clothing after a massage.
- Try to help your body continue to relax after the massage by not throwing it into vigorous activity afterwards. You’ve given it the signal to relax and heal, don’t confuse it!
- Listen to your body. If it enjoyed the massage and wants more, prioritize your self care and go for more regular massages.
there is nothing better than a great massage to reduce stress and balance your body’s well-being.