Nothing is better than settling onto that massage table in the very first moments of your session. You’ve waited patiently for your appointment and for this chance to chill out, clear your head, and enjoy the aftermath of endorphins a massage offers. While it’s totally cool to let your massage therapist do all the heavy lifting, your experience can be even better than it has been by being an active part of your session. It doesn’t take much, but putting your mind and body in a place to really relish your experience and take the extra little steps can make the world of difference. You’re probably a little confused. Active participant? During my massage? What? We’ll break it down for you!
Communication, communication, communication.
Prior to your session, your MT will ask general questions about which areas may or may not be causing you the most discomfort. Be honest in these introductory questions, as they’ll paint a mental image for your MT in how they’ll go about your session. Also during your massage, don’t be afraid to speak up if at any moment the pressure is too much or too little - or if you’d like a few more moments focused on a specific area. As much as we’d all like to be mind readers, we’re not! Help us help you with a little communication.
Yeah, this one sounds simple enough, but you’d be surprised how much energy can be wasted by not breathing with your session. Taking deep and intentional breaths, combined with long exhales when your MT presses into your body not only relaxes you further but also helps your MT dig deeper into your muscles. Trust us.
Focus on your body.
Follow your MTs movements in your mind, and try to isolate your thoughts to the individual locations as they’re being worked on. Your mind and body work together and can absolutely affect each other.
A lot of times our guests find themselves coming to visit us only after they’re experiencing pain or trying to recover from an injury. While we’re always happy to get folks back on their feet after some bumps, bruises, and strains - sometimes these problems didn’t have to be problems in the first place. At the end of your session, your MT might give you some stretches to do at home to further the effects of your massage and employ healthy movement habits. Doing these stretches at home on your own time combined with regular massages (not just emergency visits) is the “regular maintenance” needed to keep your body in tip-top shape.
There you have it, folks. It’s not too much, and it’s not too hard. It takes two to tango, and two to get you from 0% to 100%. Help us help you.