5 Tips on How to Get the Most from Your Massage Therapist
Massage therapy is all about working both the superficial and deep tissue of your body with different techniques to relax the muscles, help in the healing process after an injury and to promote the overall wellbeing and health of your body. However, sometimes things can get lost in translation or issues can be forgotten by the wayside, making your massage less effective than it could be. So below you will find 5 tips to help you get the most from your massage therapy sessions.
- Communicate with Your Massage Therapist – Massage therapists aren’t mind readers, so you need to clue them in on certain things such as concerns about the process, small physical issues like strains or tension, any allergies, etc. During the massage if you have any discomfort let them know, there is no reason for you to suffer through any pain or discomfort because a good massage therapist will work with you to figure out the cause of the pain or discomfort and either alleviate it or work around it if it is something like sensitive skin or ticklish areas.
- Before and After the Massage – Before a massage therapy session make sure not to eat within about two hours of the session, this will help your body to better acclimate to the massage session and to recover from it afterwards. After massage therapy drink lots of water to flush the released toxins from your body quickly so that they don’t resettle or cause you to become sick.
- Relax and Enjoy the Session – Don’t tighten up during a massage as this will hinder the process of a massage therapy session and make your massage therapist have to work harder to provide you with the benefits of the massage. If you are having problems relaxing let them know so they can change the technique or go at the spot from a different angle to help you relax. If you can’t get your mind to stop thinking and working, concentrate on the actual act of the massage and how it feels on your body to try and slow your mind down.
- Plan for Continuous or Multiple Sessions – Massage therapy works best when it has time to work, so one session may only have temporary benefits to your health. Instead schedule multiple or continuous massage therapy sessions (if you have a permanent or long-term issue) to truly get the benefits of what a good massage routine can do for your body.
- Find Out What Massage Techniques You’re Comfortable With – There are many different massage therapy techniques such as deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, reflexology, etc. Some techniques are more invasive than others and not everyone will be comfortable and/or willing to endure the pain or discomfort involved in the process of relieving tension in your deep tissue areas and in alleviating the physical ailments involved with an injury. Discuss the different techniques with your massage therapist and figure out which ones work best for you and which ones you wouldn’t be comfortable with.