May 13th, 2014 • Posted by The Pampering Place Day Spa • Permalink
You've decided to treat yourself to a massage, and you're looking forward to a
relaxing session. Whether you've opted for a gentle Swedish massage or a
vigorous massage, our massage therapist will do everything possible to
provide you with the best massage. However, you can enhance your experience by
following a few steps both before and after your appointment.
Before Your Massage
Allow plenty of time to get to your appointment. If you arrive rushed and
anxious you might not be able to relax properly. Don't eat for at least 90
minutes before your appointment to minimize possible discomfort. However, you
should drink plenty of water beginning 48 hours before your massage appointment
to flush out toxins from your muscles. This is especially important if you've
scheduled a deep tissue massage. Having well hydrated muscles reduces the
chance that your massage will leave you sore.
During Your Massage
Unless you are scheduled for a chair massage, you will need to disrobe at least
partially. You will be allowed to undress privately and cover strategic areas
of your body with a sheet before our massage therapist begins working on you.
If you're worried about a less than perfectly toned body, don't. Your massage
therapist is professionally trained and will not judge your appearance.
Don't try too hard to relax. Instead, clear your mind and focus on breathing
exercises. Take slow, deep breaths. As you inhale and exhale, your body
functions should naturally slow down, allowing your muscles to relax.
Let the massage therapist know if there are areas on your body that are
especially sensitive, or if you're dealing with an injury. If you experience
pain at any point, speak up right away. Your massage therapist should alter his
or her strokes or stop working on that area of your body.
After Your Massage
Don't hop up from the massage table right away after your massage. Jolting
yourself from the deep relaxed state a massage produces can result in
dizziness. If possible, take time after your massage to relax, perhaps with a
warm bath. Eat a light dinner and drink plenty of water to enhance the process
of flushing out the contaminants released from your tissues by the massage.
The benefits of massage accumulate. As you complete more sessions you may
experience an increased sense of well being - not to mention a boost in your
looks. You may even decide to add massage to your list of self-care routines,
and book a standing appointment with your favorite massage therapist.