Massage therapy can be a wonderful way to relax, de-stress, and relieve pain. But in order to get the most out of your session, it’s important to communicate with your therapist. When you go for a massage, your therapist will ask you how you’re feeling. It’s important to give them as much information as possible so they can give you the best possible massage.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before and during your massage.
Before Your Session: Let Your Therapist Know About Any Injuries
It’s always a good idea to let your therapist know about any recent injuries or health concerns you may have. This will help them adapt the massage to your specific needs.
This will help them determine which areas to focus on and which areas to avoid. Telling them about your injury will also help them understand what kind of pressure you can handle.
What kind of pressure do you prefer?
Do you like deep-tissue massages or prefer a lighter touch? Letting your therapist know before the session starts will help them give you the best massage possible. If you’re not sure, ask for a combination of both light and deep pressure throughout the session. It is perfectly ok to let the massage therapist know during the massage if you want more or less pressure on certain areas.
Let the therapist know what music volume you prefer, and silence is ok too! How is the room temperature? Do you prefer to be warmer or cooler? Many massage tables have heating pads that are easy to adjust or turn off. We want you to be comfortable and relaxed, so don’t hesitate to speak up if something isn’t working for you.
Focus on Your Breath and Body Sensations
Don’t be afraid to tell your therapist that you don’t want to talk during your session. You’ll actually get more benefits from the massage if you settle into the mindfulness of your breath and body sensations and get out of your thinking mind. If you find your mind wandering, simply bring your attention back to your breath. Remember that massage is a time for you to relax and rejuvenate, so do your best to let go of any stress or tension you may be holding onto.
Massage therapy can be an extremely beneficial experience – but only if you take the time to communicate with your therapist and focus on being present during the session. by following these tips, you can ensure that you’ll get the most out of your next massage.
Bilky Joda-Miller, massage therapist and owner of All Body Kneads is skilled in many types of massage.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 517-898-2899 or book online.
We look forward to helping you feel better and have a more pain-free lifestyle.