The massage is an ancient therapy which helps to preserve our health. Although massages are supposed to be relaxing, many people are unsure of the proper etiquette. To deliver some peace of mind, here are some tips to get the most from your massage:
- Take a hot shower or bath beforehand. It helps to loosen the muscles and your mind. When your skin is clean, it will better absorb the lotions and oils used during your massage.
- Turn off your phone. Nobody wants their phone to be dinging during what’s supposed to be a relaxing 60-90 minutes.
- Undress to your level of comfort. I’ll leave the room, allow you to undress and get on the table, and place a towel over your lower extremities. You’ll either undress to your underwear or down to the nude. It’s really whatever you’re comfortable with. You’re not a prude if you keep your underwear on, and you’re not a perv if you remove it. But it is easier for me to work without a cloth barrier. During your session, I will only uncover the area of your body being worked on. Remember that you’re dealing with a professional who sees human flesh day in and day out.
- Communicate. It’s all about you. Something uncomfortable? Let me know. You should also communicate at the beginning if you don’t want a certain part of your body massaged. That all said, do you need to make conversation? Feedback is okay as just mentioned, and some small talk is acceptable as well, but you certainly shouldn’t feel the need to chat. You can if you want, but it’s also totally fine to lay there in relaxing silence, close your eyes, and just enjoy the experience.
- Breathe! Remember to breathe when I am working on that tense areas (especially on the knots), the tendency is to hold your breath and this will stop you benefiting as much as you should. Breathing deeply helps the muscles to relax and increases oxygen supply to the circulation so blood and aids healing.
- What about bodily functions? It’s not uncommon to pass gas during a massage. You’re super relaxed after all, and sometimes it just happens. Even though you’ll probably be embarrassed if it happens, no need to be.
- Enjoy it! After all this is why I’m here. Remember this is your bit of “me”-time away from any stresses or distractions, so make the most of it. Let all your thoughts go, focus on the touch and the way it makes you feel, the endorphins will do the rest.
- Don’t ask about sexual favours (or even joke about them). Just don’t do it and don’t even make a passing joke about it. Not before, not after, not while I’m working on you. It’s rude, it’s inappropriate, it’s against the law. It’s offensive — I’ve had years of training and have to be licensed and insured to be a massage therapist. I can’t even begin to tell you how revolting massage therapists find this behavior.
Massage works best when you have them regularly. The more you have, the better you’re going to feel. It is a known fact that regular massage can help keep the body working in balance and aid overall health. That is not to say massive benefits cannot be gained from one off treatments though, so don’t be put off it you want just the one at this time.
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