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Coming in for a massage or simply considering the idea? Great, you could be on your way to some deep, long lasting healing, or maybe just some much needed relief. Whether you are getting one massage or a longer series, here is a list of the top ten things your massage therapist wants you to know. This list is designed to give you the maximum value and the deepest benefits from the work done on your body.
Consider a massage as an investment and you, the investor, want the maximum return. Take this list into consideration if you are serious about getting the most out of your bodywork.
- Stay Hydrated
What this means is staying consistently hydrated every day. Downing liters of water before and after massage is not nearly as effective as keeping the body regularly hydrated. And sorry, sodas, sports drinks and other substitutes often dehydrate the body more. Nothing can take the place of the one, the only, H2O.
- Diet and Nutrition Matter
Now, this is a topic that a dozen textbooks could not address thoroughly enough. For our purposes it will have to be enough to simply say that for different types of massage nutrition has a major impact on recovery. Proper nutrition can make deep bodywork less painful and can help integrate the work more effectively.
- Timing is Important
The timing of a massage, both before and after can have many impacts. For instance, sports massage is more valuable before a great strain is put on the body and the body works better under stress with the help of a massage. If you have a stressful period coming up like finals, a project deadline, or an important meeting, you will do yourself a greater service to get a massage before the stressful event, rather than after. Massage can increase blood flow to the brain, raise serotonin levels, and help your body operate at higher efficiency. In addition, timing is important after the massage as well. Plan accordingly around your session, give yourself time to relax and unwind after a massage rather than rushing on to the next stressful event.
You wouldn’t go without regular oil changes in your car, and the body is no different. In fact, your body requires a much more consistent form of attention. Most massage therapists recommend monthly massages and they want you to know that it’s a process working out tension that took years to build in your body. With enough consistency massage can become one of the best preventative medicines available. But even more important, don’t leave all the work to your massage therapist. Learn self-care! Ask your therapist for self care tips. We have designed a wellness program to make receiving regular massage easy and affordable.
- Communication is Key
A great massage therapist, like all of our therapists at Peace of Mind Massage, wants to give you exactly what you want and need. The best way to do this is through clear communication. Tell us what areas you really want time spent on. Give us feedback on the pressure you like. The music, the temperature, some nice conversation or serene silence, it’s all customizable and we aim to give you exactly what you want.
- Coming in Sick May Make Matters Worse
In most cases it is better for you to come in after you have kicked the cold or flu. The body needs rest and recuperation to get over a sickness. Massage can sometimes make symptoms worse. Massage increases circulation and this also pushes metabolic waste and toxins through the body at a faster rate than normal. When your body is already battling a bug, you don’t want to give it more to deal with.
- Take a Shower and Practice Good Hygiene
Number seven is not simply about body odor; dirt and grime can inhibit the efficacy of a massage. The oils and lotions used in massage can mix and mingle with residue on the skin and can affect the smoothness and fluidity needed for many massage techniques.
- Give Thought to What You Really Want from a Massage
Knowing what you want from a massage can help focus the trajectory of healing and relief. This direction helps you and the therapist set goals and take measurable steps. It is also important to have realistic expectations. Talk to your therapist about your issues and your needs and work together on achievable aims.
- Understand that the Body is a Whole System
Many people may come in with pain and discomfort in certain areas and want just this area addressed, but the body is more complicated. For example, if your neck and shoulders are bothering you, chances are that several areas need to be addressed in order to truly alleviate the issue. The whole body needs attention, not just one specific area because the body’s system is interdependent and interconnected. And this is where hydration, nutrition, hygiene, exercise and everything else come into play as well.
- Not all Massage Therapists are the Same
Just like you, every massage therapist is different, both in personality, and in her or his specializations. Every therapist has his or her own unique style. We recommend that you try different therapists for variety and to find what fits you best. Meet our team here.
Follow these ten simple guidelines if you want the most from your massage. For more specific questions speak to your massage therapist. Massage has proven effective in addressing a vast number of injuries and ailments and is certainly a therapy worth considering to assist or alleviate many symptoms and their root causes. But remember, healing is in your hands and the healing process is about everyday choices. Use this list as a guide on your healing path.
Written by Levi Andrew Noe
Peace of Mind Massage, INC
1249 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210