The typical massage therapist is the type of person who
really wants to make a difference and help people. They are drawn towards this
career to influence health and wellness and ease other’s aches and pains. However,
they can’t do it alone. They need your help! Here are a few of the things your massage therapist wishes you knew so
you can get the most out of your massage appointment.
Your massage time starts at the time you made your
appointment for, not whenever you show up.
Scenario 1- Your 1 hour appointment starts at
3:00. You are running late. You get there and decide to use the restroom first
and by the time you are undressed and on the massage table it is 3:15. You get
a 45 minute massage. You are upset and stressed. The massage therapist is
disappointed because they know with those 15 lost minutes they could have made
more of a difference.
Scenario 2- Your 2 hour appointment starts at
11:00. You get there early. You have extra time to use the restroom, get complimentary
water, relax in the zen environment and prepare for your full 120 minutes of
healing bliss. Your massage therapist
is excited to have plenty of time to do their best work to aid you on your
Turn Your Cell Phone Off.
Don’t interrupt your scheduled time to rest and rejuvenate by
forgetting to turn off your phone. Set aside this time to have a true break.
An article in Scientific
American explains that, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of
attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is
essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form
stable memories in everyday life. Moments of respite may even be necessary to
keep one’s moral compass in working order and maintain a sense of self.”
Your body needs water! During a massage your body can
detoxify at varying degrees and will use the water in your body to do so. After
a massage you should replenish your water just as you would after a workout.
You can solve so many issues by staying properly hydrated every day.
“Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate
your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body properly moist.
You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your
body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive
areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps
protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your
joints.” -Everyday Health
Trust Your Massage Therapist.
Massage therapists go through months and years of
studying anatomy and several different modalities of massage techniques,
history, benefits and contraindications to have the training and experience to
know how best to help you with your specific needs. Ideally, you would share
with them any health concerns and goals you have for each session and based on
that information they will formulate a plan to best utilize the amount of time
you have together and do their best to help you reach your goals. If you are
unsure about why your massage therapist
chose to use a certain technique, ask them!
Do Your Homework.
A good massage
therapist will often know many things you can do at home between massage
appointments to keep the benefits lasting longer. These could include certain
stretches specific to you and your body’s needs, using different tools to help
keep the muscles healthy, other alternative treatments that may complement
massage on your health journey, strengthening exercises and practicing better
posture, among others. Following through with these recommendations will have
many potential benefits and could be a huge game changer for you.
About This Author
At Body Balance Massage and Float we have a passion for health and
wellness. It is our goal to see people improve their day to day
wellbeing by helping them to reduce or resolve their pain. It is
difficult to truly enjoy life and be happy if you are constantly
burdened with tension and pain…
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