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Food For Thought When Going About Getting A Massage
A massage can be the best experience you have ever had, period. They are relaxing, they relieve you off muscle tightness and discomfort. They rid you of pain, stress, and anxiety. They are even helpful for helping your body achieve faster metabolism and quicker healing to injuries you may have recently acquired. But all that being said, they can also go horribly wrong.
Though great massage therapists are relatively easy to find, there are a number of factors that exist that can make them go south at any point during a therapy session. Lack of communication, a massage therapist insisting that the pain they are putting you through is vital for your healing, and not knowing how to treat certain injuries with caution and finesse are just some of the factors that contribute to an undesirable overall effect of a massage.
But on the flip side, there are also a number of strategies that can be put into place in order to make your massage therapy session go even better than you had originally hoped for. Below, we will enumerate a few tips and tricks from masters of the past that will acts as guides as to how you can achieve the best massage you have ever had. Get ready to reap the benefits of a massage session.
Never tell your masseuse that they cannot hurt you.
Massage therapists are trained professionals who know where every nerve plexus is beside the surface of your skin. They are familiar with your muscles and can easily hurt you by targeting a specific part of your body with even a relatively soft touch. They know how to use their fingers, hands, elbows and knuckles and could easily apply the desired amount of pressure to injure you.
Instead, it would be best to offer accurate feedback in order to apply the right amount of pressure on all your body parts in order to give you the desired effect of your therapy, whether it be for relaxation, to heal an injury or otherwise.
Finally, most experienced or seasoned massage therapists are adept at reading body language and would know what your reactions to their touches would mean so as to better help you achieve the massage you’re looking for. So do feel free to continue giving out those signals while remembering that if in case you are unable to address what you would like to say through body language, feel free to speak up and use your words.
Massages DO NOT have to hurt.
It is a common misconception that for a massage to be good, it has to hurt. No. That is simply not the case, at least not in all types of massages. Sure there may be others out there that will have elements of pain and discomfort, but certainly not all. A deep tissue massage for example may cause more pain than a Swedish massage that will mostly rub you down in order to relax muscle tension.
Choosing the right therapist for you.
It is naturally common to not be familiar with your massage therapist. It happens all the time. We may go on holiday to a tropical island paradise and think to ourselves, “gosh, there would be nothing better right now than to get a one hour massage.” And that is fine, but it is best suggested that you try to find out a little bit more about the therapists who are available to give you that massage. You can ask what types of massages they specialize in and you can learn what their strengths are and if that suits what you want from it.
Do not just choose a therapist based on their genders, looks, voice, or body type. This is often done, but sad to say, this does not always equal receiving the type of massage that you want. This is particularly vital if you are already receiving a series of massage therapy sessions in order to cure or continue progress you may have been having due to pain levels that you may have.
Get a massage every so often.
Massage therapists agree that if you rarely ever get a massage, that there ends up being so much to work on when they start massaging you. So, if you want to receive the best treatment possible, start it with the knowledge that you need massages every so often in order to get the most bang for your buck. Keep in mind that if you come in for your first massage therapy session when you’re 35 years old, then your massage therapist will be working on 35 years of knots and strains. If you get a massage every month for example, then you have less work that is needed on you and your hour can be spent relaxing the muscles as opposed to unknotting and stretching them.
Go in for your massage therapy session hydrated.
The thing with drinking a lot of water regularly is that not only does it obviously hydrate you, but it also lubricates your muscles. So when you hear or read that you should come into your session hydrated, this does not mean having a full glass of water before leaving your house before heading to the spa. This may in fact even make you uncomfortable halfway through your massage therapy session. What this means instead is that you should drink plenty of water regularly as this will help you feel less aches and pains and your muscles will respond better to the touch of your therapist. Don’t forget that drinking plenty of water is not only in relation to what you should be doing prior to your massage but should be done after your massage as well.
Now that you know these 5 tips and tricks as to how best to get the most out of your one house session with your massage therapist, find a spa or a therapist near you and go get that massage that you not only deserve but that will do your aches and pains good and that will also help you on your new road to wellness and better health.