8 Ways to Make Getting a Massage the Best Experience Ever
Getting a massage has so many benefits.
Massage therapy can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by reducing the amount of cortisol, the flight or flight hormone, that’s released into the body. It can reduce soreness and pressure as well as pushing toxins out of the body. But part of having a good experience is being properly prepared ahead of time. Here’s how to have a great experience the next time you’re getting a massage.
1. Choose the right massage technique.
If you’ve never had a massage before, consider a relaxing Swedish massage. You’ll feel pampered and relaxed all at the same time. If you have chronic pain and a specific body issue, consider deep tissue massage. It can be painful but it’s more likely to bring long term pain relief. Reflexology works on your feet, applying massage pressure that corresponds to organs in the body. It’s particularly effective if you have an overarching health issue.
2. Don’t eat too close to your massage.
I’ve made this mistake before. You want your food to already have digested before you go in for your massage. If your tummy grumbles it’s not the end of the world, but it can be distracting. Plus, you want to feel light and airy rather than heavy.
3. Take a hot bath or shower.
Get the relaxation started beforehand by taking a hot bath or shower before you go in for your massage. This helps to relax your muscles ahead of time so you can go even deeper in your massage. Don’t worry about how you look when you go in for your massage, therapists have seen all sorts of bodies and they’re simply focused on the task at hand.
4. Be on time.
Give yourself ample time to get to your massage on time. You don’t want to feel rushed or frenzied in any way before you go in for your massage. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination and gather yourself for a few minutes before you go in. Allow enough time to sign any paper work as well.
5. Be honest.
Honor yourself during your massage by telling your therapist the truth. I recently had an experience where for some reason I felt flushed, overheated, and uncomfortable during my massage session. I was honest and my therapist took steps to ensure my comfort. The massage turned out fantastic. If the pressure is too much or too little, don’t be afraid to say something as well.
6. Keep the chatting to a minimal.
Don’t feel the need to fill the space with conversation. It’s important to try and stay mindful during your massage and the best way to do that is by staying silent. While some light chatting can help lighten the mood, avoid deep conversations during your session.
7. Drink water after your session.
Make sure that you take the time to drink water after your session in order to push the toxins that you’ve released out of your body.
8. Make getting a massage part of your routine.
While getting a massage can be pricey, to see real results you need to go at least once per month. Of course, in terms of relaxation, special occasions are great, but if you have chronic pain, stress, or anxiety, a regular session is beneficial.
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