Massage Therapy Treatment
Some thoughts to share about how to make the most out of your Massage Therapy Treatment
1) Don’t rush
Take sufficient time to come for your appointment. Think of the time you need to get there, park, and think about what would you like to accomplish during your treatment.
2) Avoid stimulants before your treatment
Please try not to drink coffee, black tea or eat very sweet things as stimulants will make it more difficult for you to relax. Alcohol and recreational drugs should always be avoided prior to your appointment.
3) Explain what you want
Explain to your Therapist what you hope to get out of your treatment – for example, I would like to relax and de-stress, or to relieve my neck pain, or release tension in my lower back, etc. Also, please be sure to update your Therapist of any changes to your health, personal information or medication since your last visit.
4) Be present
It is easy, as soon as the treatment begins, to start thinking about what you need to do later in the day, or to reflect on something that happened that bothered you prior to you appointment. Be aware of your thoughts, allow them to surface, and let them pass. Try to enjoy, breathe, relax, and communicate with your Therapist any thoughts regarding your treatment.
5) Breathe deeply
Breathing is very important. Breathe! Breathing will help you to be present and will help relax your mind. You will be oxygenating and nourishing your body tissues and helping them to heal. You will enjoy your treatment much more, and you will also be having greater communication with your Therapist through your breathing, helping her to go deeper in certain areas.
Tell your Therapist if you are not comfortable, would like more or less pressure, would like more work in a specific area, feel too cold or too warm, or turn the music down or off. It is very important to communicate what you might want to change to get the most out of your treatment.
7) Silence is sacred and healing
Small talk, although it sometimes helps to break the ice between the Therapist and patient, has a tendency to take you out of what is happening in the moment. If you would like to go deeper, keep any talk related to what is actually happening in your body. If you prefer to talk, your Therapist can engage if you wish or be an excellent listener.
8) Be open
In a single Massage session, you can experience bliss, release and relaxation, as well as uncomfortable sensations…emotions that you may have suppressed or avoided. Sometimes less than pleasurable sensations open something new and good in you. Sometimes the therapy is very different to what you might have experienced before. We invite you to allow yourself to feel what you feel, to breathe deeply and be open to it. Results and understanding might come later.
9) Leave some time free after your treatment
After your Massage, it is beneficial to not rush to your next task or event in the day. Give yourself time for your body to integrate the well-being and relaxation you have achieved. Maybe take a hot Epson Salt bath when you get home and be easy on yourself for the rest of the day!
10) Give us feedback
Let us know what you liked or didn’t like. Everyone is different and will experience the treatment in an individual way. We learn so much from your feedback and we want to help you achieve your goals.