HOW TO RECEIVE A MASSAGE
Even as massage steadily becomes more accepted as a common part of our contemporary cultural experience, many people do not get the most out of massage through lack of knowing a few simple concepts.
The recipient’s only job is to relax as completely as possible. You may start this process by simply closing your eyes- Closing your eyes during the massage experience tends to bring your center of energy out of your head and into your body. Allow your body to become as limp as you can manage. The therapist may need to move your limbs during the treatment. Allow he/she to do so. Your therapist is trained professionally and knows how to move your body with care. Try not to be helpful; rather let yourself be taken care of. Breathe deeply as the therapist’s hands locate areas of tension, consciously trying to let go and relax the areas. Talk for the most part, is unnecessary. Feel free to give feedback if you would like something done differently or longer. The therapist may also ask you for feedback regarding your comfort.
Here are a few guidelines to help you feeling more at ease and to gain the greatest benefit from your massage session.
- Be sure to point out any areas of your body, which are injured, tense or sore. A medical history form will be asked to fill out to customize your treatment.
- Please take off all jewelry you are comfortable removing.
- Many of the massage techniques I use involve the application of oil, gel or cream. Some of these products may get in your hair and around the neck. If this is a problem let, me know before we start. All oil will be wiped off the body when the massage is completed, unless you prefer otherwise. Please let the therapist know.
- The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely unclothed. The therapist is sensitive to the need for privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet, except the areas being massaged. However, you may undress to your level of comfort.
- Some people may fall asleep during a massage, an indication that the body and mind are releasing stress and tension. If this should occur, you will be gently awakened when it is time to turn over or end the massage.
- Finally, when the massage is over you need not get up immediately. Lie still with your eyes closed, and let yourself absorb whatever you are feeling a few minutes longer.
- Enjoy the massage session!
IN THE HOURS AFTER YOUR MASSAGE
After your massage you may notice profound changes in your body and mind. Here are some things that have helped many people get the most form their massage.
- Drink extra water. During a massage circulation is improved, which helps flush irritating waste products from stressed muscles and other tissues. Drinking water aids the functioning of the whole body including the circulation and the kidneys, which are both involved with relieving the body of waste products. Drinking extra water also seems to help reduce soreness and fatigue after a massage.
- Schedule time to take it easy after your massage. Rest if you feel the need. If you can, take a nap or get in bed early. If you haven’t been sleeping well, receiving massage may relax you enough that you will want to turn in and catch up.
- If the focus of your massage is on a particular injury or body part, remember to stretch, ice, or apply heat to that area with the advice of your massage therapist, Or, you may want to do some gentle movement, such as walking, sometime in the hours after your massage to mildly encourage your muscles to work in a balanced and efficient way.
- People sometimes experience some soreness for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel sore or think that you might, stretch gently in a hot shower or take a warm bath with Epsom salts. And remember to tell your massage therapist about your experience so it can be taken into consideration in your next session.