I have worked with massage therapists for years and let me tell you the right massage can be life changing! Have you ever had a massage? If you have then you know how amazing they can be not just for relaxation but for improved health. Now, if you are apprehensive or new to getting a massage, here are some tips to get the best out of your first time experience. In this article I’ll give you the inside track on some tips I have learned over the years about how to get the most value out of your massage, novice or pro.
Do a self-assessment first. Try to stretch a little and see where you range of motion stops or where things feel tight. That way you can tell the massage therapist where to focus their attentions. Some people carry stress in their shoulders and some in their low-back or glutes. If you know before-hand where you are tight then you can do a better job of letting the therapist know where to massage for the best effect.
- Eat Light
When you’re going to get a massage, a good piece of advice is if you must eat right before your massage then be sure to eat an very light meal. Having a large meal before a massage may leave you feeling uncomfortable and bloated which can take away from a great massage. Another point is that if you must eat right before then get healthy food inside your stomach. Greasy food even light greasy food can diminish from the pleasant experience that the massage should be.
- Get There Early
Whenever possible plan to get there a little earlier than when you are scheduled for your massage. This gives you some time to wind down from the stresses of work or traffic or family and get your mind right for the massage. It’s easy to forget how much time you have in the day. Rushing to a massage will leave you tense. To get the most out of your massage you need to be as relaxed as can be when you lay down on the table.
- Focus On Breathing
Some of the best advice that I can give you is that you should allow yourself to chill out while you are having a massage. It is important to let the tension out, so focus on your breathing and breathe deeply as you lie down on the table. Once you start your massage, keep on taking deep breaths every now and then so as to keep all your muscles relaxed and loose.
As I said before massage is both relaxing and therapeutic. One note you may not have known about massage, it can help children with asthma, relieve tension headaches and relieve stress, just to name a few health benefits. To get the most of a massage do a self-assessment first. You must try to focus on relaxing fully that is why my other 3 tips talked mainly about removing common distractions like being late, feeling uncomfortable or very full to start off with and taking deep breathes.
Well, with these insider tips you should be more aware now of a few of the ingredients of a good massage session. Take the insights of someone who has been around the block and apply them to your entire massage experience and you will be on your way to a great massage experience!