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Four Tips to Maximize Your Massage Experience

Four Tips to Maximize Your Massage Experience

John L. Pantera

You know you’ve had a disappointing massage experience when you leave a session feeling mentally and physically dissatisfied. Whether you had a hard time relaxing because of too many thoughts running through your mind or you weren’t comfortable with the therapist’s massage approach, the room temperature, music selection or lighting, there are many internal and external factors that come into play during a massage session.

To make the most of your next massage, adopt the following four tips before, during and after your session so you can maximize your experience and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Find the Best Therapist for Your Specific Needs

Finding a massage therapist that you’re compatible and comfortable with in regard to personality and massage delivery techniques can make or break your satisfaction. Every massage therapist has a unique approach and specific areas they focus on. So it’s important to do research prior to a massage to make sure a therapist’s approach aligns with your goals and expectations.

Communicating your specific aches or pains with the therapist prior to starting the session also is important to ensure your needs will be met during the massage.

Be Early, Be Prepared

Rushing around and running late for a massage session will only lead to a sub-par experience since you aren’t giving your mind and body time to pause and prepare for a relaxing experience. To get the most benefits out of your massage session, Wossum recommends that you arrive at the studio at least 15 minutes ahead of the appointment to fill out paperwork, use the restroom and decompress any stress you’ve encountered throughout the day.

When you’re lying on the table waiting for the therapist to come in to start the massage, it also can be helpful to take a few deep breathes to clear your mind and prepare your body to melt into the warm, comfortable table.

If you really want to jump start your massage experience, you also can start preparing your mind and muscles ahead of time by drinking an adequate amount of water and taking a hot shower to warm up your body’s core.

Check Your Baggage at the Door

One of the biggest obstacles to a successful massage experience is letting outside stresses, devices and frustrations sneak into the massage room with you. Both therapists and clients need to make concentrated efforts to remove distractions that can negatively affect the outcome of the session such as cell phones, memories of a heated discussion or home and work stresses.

Adopt a Relaxed Post-Massage Routine

After you’ve taken an hour out of your day to focus on relaxing and unwinding during your massage session, the last thing you want to do is run out into the world full speed ahead. Instead, the best post-massage prescription is to head home to a relaxing environment where you can take a hot bath with Epsom salt to relieve any soreness and keep your muscles loose. Staying hydrated and doing light stretching such as ear-to-shoulder, chin-to-shoulder and ear-to-chest movements also can help keep your mind, body and muscles loose and relaxed.

Getting a massage is great for relaxing your mind and body, but reaping the benefits of a massage long after the session ends is when you can really start establishing total health and wellness. The next time you schedule a massage, maximize your experience by following these simple but effective tips before, during and after your session.

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