When you make a commitment to routine massage therapy sessions, you’re committing to a lifestyle that is focused on overall health and wellness. To make sure that you’re getting the best massage every time, Elements Massage suggests adopting the following top ten tips to enhance your massage therapy experience.
Tip No. 1: Set a Goal – Identifying what you want to get out of your massage – relaxation versus rehabilitation – before your session can make a big difference in having a satisfying experience.
Tip No. 2: Experience Counts – If you haven’t found your favorite therapist yet, do some research by reading reviews and calling the local studios in your area to find the best therapist to meet your needs. Every therapist has different types of experience and focus areas so Elements Massage ranks their therapists by pressure levels and expertise so that studios can match their clients with only the best therapists to meet their needs.
Tip No. 3: Speak Up – Communicating with your therapist before your session about how you’re feeling, your medical history and what you expect from the session will help to keep your session focused on your specific goals.
Tip No. 4: Arrive Early – Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to give you time to prepare your mind and body for the session.
Tip No. 5: Leave Your Electronics Behind – Getting a massage is one of the few places where you can, and are encouraged, to push distractions aside. Clear your mind by leaving your phone and electronic devices in your car or at home so you can literally unplug during your session.
Tip No. 6: Hydrate Appropriately – It’s important to drink plenty of water before and after your appointment.
Tip No. 7: Remember to Breathe – Relaxing long breaths from your abdomen doesn’t just help you relax mentally during your session, but it also helps your muscles relax as your therapist works out your body’s stiffness and tightness.
Tip No. 8: Provide Feedback – Your massage session should be tailored to your specific needs so make sure to tell your therapist throughout your massage whether he/she is focusing on your tight areas and providing the right amount of pressure.
Tip No. 9: Find Your Comfort Zone – Whether you prefer a heated table, dim lights or a particular kind of music, everything about your massage should be focused on making you feel good and comfortable.
Tip No. 10: Have a Buffer Zone – Schedule extra time after your massage to relax and recuperate your mind and body before you head back into the hustle and bustle of life.