How to get the most out of your massage

September 26, 2015

 

Every situation is different, and there are many reasons why someone decides to try a therapeutic massage. Clients who receive regular bodywork express seeing the greatest results - not only because it takes time to break down the tension that is built up over time - but also because they have learned through experience how to get the most out of each session. Here are some things to consider during (and in preparation for) your massage to make your experience the best it can be.

 

1. Outline what you hope to achieve. 

You can meet your goals through massage therapy by working with the right therapist. Practitioners are proficient in a variety of styles and modalities from Deep Tissue to Swedish to Cranio-Sacral Therapy.  If the person who schedules the appointment with you understands what you hope to overcome, they can make sure to match you with a therapist who is best suited for the job. 

 

2. Voice your comfort level.

The more comfortable you are, and the more trusting you feel towards the estabolishment, the more relaxed you will be during your massage and the more your muscles will benefit from the work being done. If something makes you uncomfortable, let your therapist know right away in order for them to adjust to your comfort level. 

 

3. Voice and point out any specific pain areas.

If you are in pain, let your therapist know before you begin a session. Technique may need to be adjusted in order to relieve pain and tension in sensitive areas.

 

4. Speak up if anything is becoming painful or uncomfortable.

Your therapist needs to know if the pressure he/she is applying needs to be adjusted. Be involved in making your session effective and relaxing by communicating with your therapist. 

 

5. Hydrate.

Drinking plenty of water before and after your session can increase the benefits of your massage. 

 

6. Help your therapist help you feel relaxed.

Is the room too cool or too warm? Would you prefer different music? Is the room too light or too dark? Almost everything is most likely customizable to your specific needs and preferences. 

 

7. Refrain from eating directly before or directly after your session.

Try to schedule your massage at a time you can refrain from eating an hour before and an hour after your session.

 

8. Be punctual. 

Get the most out of your session by arriving on time or a few minutes early to use the restroom and get yourself in relaxation mode. 

 

9. Breathe!!  

Remember to breathe during your massage. Take a moment or two before your session begins to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and allow your muscles to start relaxing. Oxygenate your body. Let go of that tension and make the most out of the next 60-90 minutes.

 

10. RE-BOOK!!! 

Yes, massage can be a wonderful and relaxing experience, but the truth is YOU NEED IT! It's not just a luxury. In order to maintain lasting results and feel better in your daily routine, try and commit to a follow-up session. Your body and health are worth the investment. Ask your therapist about session packages to help you commit while saving money. 

 

 

Embody Wellness in Ventura, CA offers many different money-saving packages and frequency discounts in order to help clients achieve the level of massage therapy they need. Talk to an Embody Wellness therapist today to discuss a treatment plan that best works for your individual situation. 

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