Make the Most from Every Massage!
Massage can be a powerful tool
to help your body best perform its countless functions in its
goal to maintain a healthy balance. Why not do everything you
can to get the best possible results from every massage session?
This article is devoted to providing you with some hints to make
the most from your bodywork sessions.
Before your session...
The mood of your session can
be affected by the things currently influencing your life. You
can improve your results by preparing yourself before your massage
time. If you can put the events of your life on pause for a little
while and truly devote your session time to taking care of you,
the benefits you experience can be greatly enhanced. Life really
will wait a couple of hours for you — and you’ll be
in much better shape to deal with your responsibilities when you
are feeling your best! Other things you can do, as time allows:
- Take a relaxing bath or shower before
your appointment time
- Limit consumption of caffeine and
sugar, as well as other stimulants
- Avoid eating immediately before your
- Allow extra time in your schedule so you
don’t have to rush to be ready for your session. Otherwise,
it may take longer to reach a relaxed state.
- Be aware of your
current condition so you can report anything that needs attention.
It’s important to explain what’s going on healthwise,
because changing health conditions can affect your massage
During your session...
- Share what’s going on. If you have
a tender spot or an injured area, bring it up so it can be
addressed. If you feel you need more pressure or a lighter
touch during the session, please say so. If everything is
great, you can lie back and relax. If you find your attention
is on something, bring it up so you will be able to lie back
- Specify your preferences.
Everyone has different needs and wants, so share yours! Is
everything in the massage environment okay? The temperature?
The lighting? Any other distractions? Are you completely at
ease? Do you like certain music? Is the volume okay? Do you
like specific techniques? More time spent on a certain area?
Each session is especially for you, so please communicate
about what you want! If there is anything you don’t
understand, please ask so we can discuss it.
- Let it all go
and relax! One of the major massage goals for many people
is to lessen tension and stress. Many of those aches and pains
that demand our attention are linked to stress. In fact —
according to Dr. Sandra McLanahan — eighty percent of
disease is stress-related, so maximizing the relaxation in
each session should help you to maintain a much higher level
- One way to quiet
your mind is to focus your attention on the session —
really get in tune with your sense of touch.
- Proper breathing
helps you to relax and to reach your session goals. Slow,
deep breathing (from the gut) will provide your body with
much-needed oxygen, while signaling your body to let go of
After your session...
- If at all possible, allow for some quiet
time before you continue your busy life.
- Drink extra water!!
Massage releases waste products and toxins from your muscles.
Increasing your fluid intake lowers this toxicity and lessens
the strain on filtering organs.
Before your next session...
- Make your massage results last by avoiding
as many stressful elements as possible.
- Schedule your
next appointment! When you make bodywork a regular part of
your life, you are helping your body to maintain a better
state of balance. In the long run, you stand to enjoy much
better health gains through consistent sessions.
- Make note of anything
that occurs between sessions to bring up next time.
- Enjoy your life!
Nothing is more important
than your well-being, so make taking care of yourself a high priority.
When you feel your best, you are in a much better condition to
deal with all of life’s challenges and demands.
Hopefully, this list
has given you at least a couple of helpful hints. If there are
any other points you’d like to bring up, please do so. And
if you have any questions regarding your massage and bodywork
sessions or your health, feel free to ask.