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Your Massage Tips
Some general tips for getting the most out of your massage:
Do not eat just before a massage session.
Be on time.
When filling out the intake form, be very accurate with all health information.
Good communication is very important. Before the session let me know what your needs are. During the session, report any discomfort whether it is from the massage or due to any distractions related to the environment, such as room temperature, noise level, music volume, and lighting.
Give me your feedback, such as the amount of pressure, speed of movement.
Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It is important that you be comfortable and relaxed.
I will do my best to help you feel at ease.
Breathing helps to facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a pain sensitive area is being massaged. If you realize you are doing this, remember to breathe.
Tightening up your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you are able to, relax those muscles. Let me know if this is happening, although I usually can feel when someone is tensing up and will ask about their comfort (you should be honest). I may need to adjust the technique and or pressure being used.
If you are dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table, sit first, then slowly proceed to a standing position. If you feel you need help, just ask, I'm usually just on the other side of the door.
DRINK EXTRA WATER AFTER A MASSAGE
Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic benefits and effects are cumulative, so the more often a person receives a massage, the better they will feel. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. These changes are readily felt in day-to-day life as well.