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Get a Massage for Relaxation

Aug 18, 2007
If you have already had a massage, you know how relaxed and good it makes you feel when you are done. If you are relaxed before you come it will help your therapist loosen your muscles more quickly. A steam bath, sauna, or time in a hot tub will help you relax and soften your muscles and make your massage more effective. Turn off your cell phone and try not to let worries or concerns enter your mind. Do not eat before a massage.

When you start the massage experience, you will be taken into a quiet darkened room, there will be candles burning and a sweet aroma in the air. You will be asked to undress while the therapist leaves the room. There will be a table specifically made for massage with an opening to place your face. The therapist will knock on the door to be sure you are undressed and covered with a sheet. Any jewelry that might interfere with the massage should be taken off.

You should be properly covered with a sheet during your massage. Your therapist will only uncover the portion of your body they are working on. It's your choice whether you want to be completely undressed or leave on your underwear or panties. A massage therapist should never touch your breast or genital area. They will knock before entering the room to be sure you are undressed and covered properly.

The therapist will normally begin with the back area. Take deep breaths while you are being massaged. It's all right to talk to your therapist, but its fine if you want to just be quiet and relax. Try to keep your mind clear.

Your therapists will give you simple commands such as "turn, lift your leg, or take a deep breath." If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask your therapist. Tell them what you like or don't like. If the pressure is too strong, let them know. They have no way to tell if their massage pressure is too much. A massage should be relaxing and not cause you pain.

Deep breathing techniques will help you relax during your massage and make it more effective. Only the parts of your body the therapist is working on will be exposed. The therapist may use oil, lotion, or powder. If you know you are allergic to a certain product, tell your therapist. They may ask you which oil or lotion you prefer and will not react to. Your therapist will advise you to relax and enjoy your massage. Focus only on your massage; try to keep worries and concerns out of your mind.

Normally a therapist will tell you which area they are going to work on next. If you have any sensitivity to that area, tell your therapist. It may mean they will change their technique or skip that area. A massage also includes a scalp massage, but if you don't want your hair messed up you should tell the therapist so they will skip the scalp massage.

The therapist will leave the room to allow you to dress in privacy. Take your time and get up slowly. You should rest for at least 30 seconds before you try to stand.
About the Author
Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Massage Therapy.
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