9 Important Considerations to Make Your Massage Session Great.
After a long and torturous day, nothing soothes the body, mind, and spirit like a good massage. Not only does it relax the body but also reduces stress, helps lower blood pressure, builds up the body’s immune system and improves blood circulation. For the best possible experience, this is what massage therapists would have you know and do.
Arrive on time.
Well, therapists run tight schedules. When you come in late you simply reduce your massage time. To be safe, come in about fifteen minutes before the appointment time. This gives you enough time to prepare. You can go to the bathroom, take a shower, relieve yourself and be set on time. And don’t be carried away by the comfort that you forget to leave on time after the session.
Massage therapists like it when their clients are part of the process. Feel free to speak out. If too much pressure is applied that it hurts, say it. If the towels or stones are overly hot, mention it. Just about anything you are uncomfortable with, the therapist will be glad to adjust appropriately. Yet avoid directing the therapist how to do their work. It’s an unwelcome meddling.
Coming for a massage under the influence of alcohol or other types of drugs is unethical and might even be hazardous to the health of the therapist. To your disadvantage, you may not get quality service.
Don’t put on strong-scented perfumes.
Please spare the therapist’s lungs. Some perfumes, creams and lotions have so strong scents that they can choke or irritate the nose. Imagine exposing the therapist to such for more than half an hour as they massage you. It’s inconsiderate. Again, some people are simply allergic to some scents. As much, even if you may fancy your perfume, just stay away from it on appointment day.
Mind your health.
If you feel sick, please reschedule your appointment. Massage is known to worsen certain conditions such as cold or a virus. You need to protect yourself. Moreover, some sicknesses may be contagious. Just keep off to avoid passing the disease to others.
That aside, if you have any change in your medical condition or health issues arising from injuries or surgeries which arose after your last appointment let your therapist know before beginning the session. This may occasion alteration of some procedures taking into account your previous experience.
Avoid heavy foods before the session.
Going into a massage on a full stomach will make the experience very uncomfortable. To avoid this, do not take a heavy meal two hours before the massage. Remember, you will be lying on your stomach for quite some time as the therapist massages your back. And, having to lie in such a position with a full stomach won’t be pleasant.
Drink enough water post-massage.
Just like an ordinary workout, massage dehydrates the muscles and the body in general. To rehydrate your body and restore normal water balance you will need to take water before the session begins. Also, metabolic waste is produced by the muscles during massage. Therefore it is necessary to drink water to wash it away and also allow the kidneys to remove the wastes effectively. You don’t want to request for a glass of water in between the session as this will be disruptive not only for you but for the therapist as well.
Remind yourself to breathe.
Unconsciously, we find ourselves holding our breath during the massage, yet oxygen is very much needed in the blood to supply the already tensed muscles. Therefore remind yourself to breath hard and deep. Simply relax and enjoy every bit of it and don’t hold your breath.
Put away your phone.
Phones are important gadgets, but they can be objects of distraction. Either switch it off or set it to silent mode. Most massage sessions are just an hour long so just dedicate that one hour to nothing else but ripping the whole benefits of massage.
Your massage therapist will to a great extent treat you based on how you present yourself. Most importantly, keep time and communicate where need be.