You will encounter many different forms of massage depending where around the world you travel. However in this modern age, you can probably find all significant forms of massage within a close proximity.
Part 1: The Quest For The Perfect Massage
There is really nothing quite like experiencing the perfect massage. Picture it: you’re exactly where you want to be, the music is right and the volume exact, the lighting dimmed to your eyes delight, and the touch of your massage therapist able to apply the right amount of pressure regardless of which body part he or she is working on.
You find immediate relaxation in your mind, body, and spirit all the while, your immunity is improving and your anxiety is leaving you far behind. When it is time to go to bed at the end of the day, you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and energized the next morning.
The best part about this fantasy is that it can easily be had. Most massage therapists are professionals who know how to apply the right amount of pressure and are great at communicating with you in order to receive the feedback they need in order to give you what you want and how you want it.
But there are a few tips that you can exercise to help you on your way to that perfect massage, and they are not that hard to follow. Have a look below and see if you can do your part in order to find what you’re looking for.
Part 2: Tips and Tricks From The World Of Massage Therapy
For the love of God, please be on time.
Let’s remember one thing and be perfectly clear about this. A massage that is scheduled for one hour long will only be one hour long if you start on time. If you start 15 or 20 minutes late, then you will have 15 or 20 minutes of massage time taken away from your appointment. Now having said that, keep in mind that the job of a massage therapist involves doing a series of movements on you in order to provide you with the best possible results. If your time is cut short, it simply will not give your therapist the time he or she needs in order to complete therapy.
It can be helpful to know that massage therapists are professionals who are comfortable with nudity. It may also be helpful to know that you as a client may have a better overall experience if you are nude during the massage. So it is best not to worry too much about that and do keep in mind that your therapist will drape your body with a towel to also avoid being too close or personal. Not to mention, though therapists are trained professionals, it also does not mean that they want to see your privates.
It is perfectly normal to offer feedback on the pressure.
While it may seem embarrassing to you to tell your massage therapist how much pressure you want applied, they actually would love to hear it from you. Actually, to be honest, if you don’t offer the information they should ask. But in any case, your massage therapist would be thrilled to know if they are applying too much or too little pressure on you so don’t be afraid to speak up.
Do not wear any kind of perfume.
Let’s say you have just recently come from a shopping spree and bought yourself the latest and best smelling fragrance in the market today, that does not mean that you should wear it on your next visit to the spa. It may smell great and no one would argue with you, but it would be best to remember that your therapist will be working with you for about an hour and may have an allergic reaction to the smell, or worse, end up with an irritated nose. Then what? That would be the end of that and it certainly does not help anyone.
Massage therapy is not meant to be painful.
Yes, we can all agree that some discomfort may be necessary. Particularly when stretching a tight muscle but never should this said discomfort overtake the experience that a massage is meant to offer you relief and relaxation, not pain! It is also important to remember that if there is too much pain, then you will end up with bruising or muscle damage so never let a massage therapist try to convince you that the pressure they are applying is necessary.
Inform your therapist anything that they need to know.
If you have a health concern or have had a recent change to your medical condition since you last saw your therapist, you must let them know. Sometimes people are suddenly on medication that makes their blood thin and in cases like these, a deep tissue massage will cause you to bruise when it didn’t before. Communication is key and your therapist should be aware of these changes so as to give you the best experience possible.
Silence is golden.
Massages are meant to help you relax. You do not have to talk and your massage therapist will never require you to say more than you need to in order to complete a massage. On the flip side, if you are a natural conversationalist and enjoy a light conversation, then feel free to have a chat with your therapist, there is certainly no harm in doing so.
Some clients tend to hold their breath while their massage therapist works out a knot on your body. This is only natural and no one can be blamed for doing so, but do remember to breathe. To be more precise, breathe deeply. When you breathe you put oxygen into your blood supply and this helps in releasing tense muscles. As a matter of fact, deep breathing has also been linked to the treatment of chronic pain.
Drink tons of water.
While it may not seem like it, there is massive importance in needing to hydrate after a massage because your muscles actually become dehydrated during a massage. Drinking water after your massage therapy will rehydrate your body. This will help you become more relaxed and replenished after the session.
Shower with warm water before your massage.
Relaxing over a warm shower before a massage helps loosen your muscles therefore relieving the tension that will be received during the massage. Then of course, being clean is a major plus for your therapist who will absolutely appreciate not having to hold and rub a dirty and smelly body.
Part 3: Enjoy It While It Lasts
It’s easy to have a good massage and as you’ve seen from the tricks of the trade, it’s not hard to find yourself a good massage therapist or nearby spa. With the tips given here, you’re well on your way to enjoying the best of what massage therapy has to offer.
Now go out and find yourself the perfect massage!