How to maximize your massage session; things to do before and after.
To me; massage is magic and the research backs me up . Massage has been shown to reduce fatigue in cancer patients, to lessen the intensity of lower back pain, to boost the body’s immune system, and to lower both blood pressure and anxiety. Again, magical! Although research isn’t conclusive, it’s good after sports activities, some studies have shown that massage can decrease and delay muscle soreness. The key though, is to get a massage quickly after your workout. But you know what?, sporting or not I think massage is wonderful anytime. Following are some great massage tips from the American Massage Therapy Association. How you can benefit most from your 60-minute slice of heaven.
10 Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
1. Be open and receptive. This should be a good experience, try to de-stress your entire body before you start the session. 2. Avoid the period straight after a meal or on a empty stomach. Your tummy shouldn’t be growling or digesting.
3. Watch the clock and arrive early. If you arrive in a rushed state, it may take longer to relax, and you’ll miss out on bliss time!
4. Take it all off or don’t. Take off only as much clothing as you want. If you don’t want to totally strip, wear comfortable clothing that the therapist can work with.
5. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage. If there is area on your body you want to have softer massage, please say so. Let them know if you have any allergies to oils and lotions. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop and end the session.
6. Just breathe. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged. Just relax …
7. Now is not the time to tighten up. Contracting your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you find that your muscles are tight, your therapist may need to adjust the massage technique to help you relax the affected area. Breathe deeply and try to quiet your mind. One good trick is to follow the hands of the massage therapist.
8. Become Best Friends with H2O. Hydrate!! Hydrate!! Drink the bottle of water, or tea they offer you after the massage. Ask for a second cup if you wish! Those muscles need it! 9. Don’t get up too quickly. Allow for some quiet time after your session. If you’re dizzy or light-headed after the massage, take it slow. There’s no rush.
10. Be prepared to get addicted. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. We are in Thailand and massages sessions are quite affordable, so treat yourself as much as you can. Your body will thank you for it.
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