Friday, January 16, 2009

Making Massage Enjoyable - What To Do To Prepare For a Massage

Whether you are new to massage or an experienced spa-goer, there are things you can do get the most from your massage. Being prepared will make your massage experience much more enjoyable and rewarding. So what do really need to do to be prepared for your massage?

Check For Licenses, Schooling and References
Finding a good massage therapist is a lot like finding any other professional. The first step is to check out any local or state requirements that a true massage therapist is required to have. Then only go to those that meet the requirements. It is worth the extra effort to find the right massage therapist.

Eating or drinking before massage
Yes, but it is best to refrain from eating for 1-2 hours before massage, to prevent discomfort. Eating light or not at all is highly recommended, due to the toxins that are being flushed out of the body. The body digesting at the same time may cause discomfort.

To shower or not
The best way to prepare for a body work session is to take a hot shower. This not only helps with being clean, but the pores of the skin open up to absorb whichever quality oil or lotion the therapist chooses to use for the session.

What to wear
Most massage takes place in the nude, but you are fully draped at all times. If you do not want to remove all your clothing, wear clothing that you will be comfortable wearing during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch the areas of your body you need to be worked on.

When to arrive
Be on time or early. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it will take longer to relax and you will miss the best part of the massage. If there is time, take advantage of the sauna, steam bath or hot tub. It will warm your muscles and make it easier for the therapist to achieve results. If the hot tub has chlorinated water, be sure to shower before your massage.

Info needed
Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know what you expect from the massage. Before the session, tell your massage therapist what your needs are and do not be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to make you feel at ease.

Allow time
Schedule enough time to get checked in, have the massage and take advantage of the recovery time after your massage. This down time can be so relaxing. It takes a few minutes to recover from a great massage before you can go back into the real world again.

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