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How to Maximize the Benefits of Your Massage

Apr 11, 2008
For first-timers or regulars, a massage offered through a local day spa or resort has far-reaching effects. You can make the most of those positive effects with some prior preparation and know-how:

For the first-time spa visitor, go to your appointment with an open mind. It's important that you trust in the professionalism of the therapist. Also avoid any heavy meals just before a massage session. Arrive at the spa on time to avoid rushing, which will rob you of the enjoyment and relaxation of the experience. If your spa offers sauna, steam bath or hot tub services, arrive early to take advantage of these. They warm the muscles and make it easier for your therapist to achieve the desired results.

Be prepared that most massages do take place in the nude and clients are fully draped at all times. While you can choose to wear loose clothing, most massages also include the use of mineral essential oils by the therapist that hydrate and smooth skin. You might opt to wear your underwear instead. In North America, a licensed massage therapist must keep clients properly covered by a sheet or towel throughout the session.

Prior to the massage session, do communicate to your therapist any concerns you may have. Don't hesitate to discuss any apprehensions you may have. Also, first-time visitors should fill out the health form completely, making sure to note any medical issues as well as any present and past injuries.

During the massage, feel free to provide your therapist with feedback on the experience. If the experience is painful at any time, report that to the therapist immediately. Clients should also feel free to express any discomfort caused by lighting, music or temperature. Providing feedback on the amount of pressure and speed of movement helps guide the therapist during the massage.

Breathing deeply will provide greater relaxation during your massage. It's not unusual to stop breathing because of anxiousness or when a sensitive area is massaged, but try to remind yourself to breathe and relax.

It may also be tempting to tighten up the muscles during the massage. However, this is completely counterproductive to the treatment. If you find this happening, communicate with your therapist who can adjust the technique and assist you in relaxing. Or try following the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.

When the massage is complete, you will have a few extra minutes to get off the table and exit the room. Take your time getting up, especially if you feel dizzy or lightheaded. Make sure to drink extra water after a massage, which helps the body flush out impurities. Take some time relaxing in the spa lounge afterward which helps your body absorb the results of the massage. It's a good idea to allow yourself some "re-entry" time.
About the Author
Geologix Inc. manufactures products using a proprietary formula featuring 34 natural minerals contained in the ancient sea water from the famous Michigan Basin -- a concentration of minerals higher than that found in any known body of water in the world. Mineral Essentials focuses on spa, skin care, and massage products to moisturize and provide anti-aging protection for great skin. Mineral Essentials
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