November 02, 2018 by Jordan Nunziato
The most important thing you can do before arriving is to relax. Remember, this is an enjoyable experience that is designed to reduce stress and anxiety, not to cause it. Take a deep breath and assure yourself that this process will be a pleasurable one, and try to remain open to suggestions as well as letting your mind rest during the process.
When you arrive for your appointment, if it is your first, come a few minutes early. Often, the massage therapist will have you fill out a confidential medical history form and sign a policy statement. The MT may start out by checking in with you. Please let him or her know of your concerns, body complaints, and what you want to get out of the massage.
During this discussion, it’s your opportunity to communicate your needs, concerns, and any areas you prefer to have specifically worked with and conversely, the areas you would like the therapist to avoid.
Give honest feedback during the massage, and inform the therapist of any discomfort immediately. You are also free to comment on things you are enjoying such as specific amounts of pressure, areas that are enjoyable, and the speed of hand movements.
Above all else, relax and breathe normally. Try to relax your entire body and to become weightless while you enjoy your massage.
Your massage therapist should give you a professional recommendation at the conclusion of your massage session. These recommendations could include how often you should get a massage, benefits of regular massage as well as a piece of self-care you can take away from the session to increase the cumulative effects of your massage.
The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself. Massage should be enjoyable, and I'm sure that after your first experience, you’ll be counting the minutes until your next massage.
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