It is sometimes quite a task to schedule yourself for a massage. Finding the time to get away from the meetings, appointments, the kids and taking care of all the things that your career and/or household needs to run efficiently can be a challenge.
Whether you are seeing me for a massage to assist in recovery from a recent injury or illness, to loosen muscles after a workout, as part of your overall fitness/health plan or just to relax, it is time to focus on you. As your massage therapist, I want you to be able to maximize your massage experience and get the most out of the time you are on my table.
Here are my 6 simple tips to help you maximize your next massage:
#1: Arrive Early. Don’t rush in! Plan to arrive a few minutes early. This gives you time to relax a moment before your massage begins.
#2: Your Health History - I need to know how you are feeling or if you have had any recent illnesses or injuries. This information helps me know where to focus so you get the best and most effective massage.
#3: What is your goal? What is it that you want out of your massage? Do you want some quiet time to relax or do you need a deep tissue massage? Maybe you need a particular muscle group worked or a particular muscle group ignored. Whatever the case may be, please let me know so I can make sure I give you the massage that meets your needs.
#4: Preferences - Whether you prefer to have a particular kind of music playing; a warm massage table; hot stones or no hot stones; conversation or quiet, I want to know your preferences. It is important to me that I create a comforting and relaxing environment for you.
#5: Breathing - Some call it abdominal or belly breathing. Relaxing long breaths not only helps you relax mentally, it helps your muscles relax so I can work out any stiffness or tightness. Deep breathing lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, increases the effectiveness of the lymphatic system, and supports organ detoxification. It’s not just good during your massage, it can be used at any time to decrease stress and tension, give it a try!
#6: Transition TIme - Don’t rush back into the stresses of life! Schedule extra time after your massage to continue to relax and allow your mind and body to continue to recuperate before returning to your daily routine.
Massage therapy is truly a healing power! As a veteran massage therapist, I understand both musculature and location of nerves so I can find problem areas and help you through your healing process or help you relax.
I like to teach some simple techniques that will help extend your healing process and the relaxing feeling you have following your massage so if you are interested in some more tips, just ask. My goal is to make sure you get the most out of your session with me.