Get the most out of your massage session.
Yes, for some it might seem very easy to relax and let go, but for others it is not always so. There are a couple of things that you can think about before the massage in order to get the most out of a it and make the session more agreeable.
Plan and book the massage for a day and at a time when you do not generally have urgencies or anything that you need to run to afterwards. To continue to enjoy the benefits of a massage, it is good to try to continue the day with positive activities that keep you in a good mood and not engage in high intensity exercises. A cross-fit exercise would for example not be recommended, as you would be pushing up the bodies stress levels.
Do not have a heavy meal beforehand. Your body needs to digest the food and it may feel uncomfortable lying on your stomach, so better to wait an hour or two. Indeed, massage draws the blood flow away from the digestive tract which may cause discomfort and poor digestion.
Leave in time and try to arrive a couple of minutes early. If you leave late, you may feel extra stressed about arriving on time and if there is a lot of traffic this will also be detrimental to your wellbeing.
Think about going to the bathroom before the session, if you need to. Nothing is more annoying than lying on the massage table and not being able to enjoy it because you feel the urge to use the bathroom.
Turn off your phone. If you start to relax, and then hear a beep, you are immediately thrown back into another ”environment” and start thinking about who may have sent a message, what is it about, could it be something urgent, and off you go, far away from the relaxing state you where in. It will take you some time to relax again, so do disconnect, your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Tell me what you are expecting from the massage and if there are any parts where you feel tense, or any parts that you do not like being touched. Several of my clients prefer not to have their tummies touched, and if I know this beforehand, the experience will be so much better for the client. Many prefer more time being spent on their backs, but others prefer it to be the arms. This can not be guessed, so do speak up as it will be beneficial for you.
To let go, most people enjoy closing their eyes, but this is not a must, it’s up to you.
Let me know if you are feeling cold or too warm and if the pressure used is not right. The intention of the massage is to make you feel better and enjoy the experience. Everyone is different and may prefer different pressures and styles at different times. One person may prefer a lot of pressure and another only soft pressure.
If you feel like moving your arms or legs during the massage, do so. Sometimes the position you start in does not feel comfortable and I know that some clients feel awkward changing, but once again, if you are not comfortable, you will not be able to enjoy the massage fully, even if the massage skills used are optimal.
This is your METIME. Enjoy the moment and even if you have difficulties to relax during the session, don’t worry, you will feel the massage benefits afterwards.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !