Ten Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Next Massage Therapy Session

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Since ancient times, massage has helped to relieve pain and promote healing. It reduces tension, encourages relaxation, eliminates waste and toxins from the body by improving the lymphatic system, and improves blood flow. Whether you get regular massages or are just trying out massage for the first, here are 10 tips to help you get the most from your massage experience.

  1. Find a qualified and trained massage therapist, like the professionals at Lake Pointe Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
  2. Don’t eat right before your appointment, but don’t arrive hungry either. It’s ideal to eat a light meal a few hours before your scheduled appointment, so your food has time to digest.
  3. Be considerate of your massage therapist and other clients by arriving for your appointment on time or even a few minutes early.
  4. Be aware that you will be asked to remove your clothes; however, in the long run, it is up to you to decide how much clothing, if any, you want to remove.
  5. Make the massage therapist aware of any medical conditions or specific problem areas, such as tight shoulders or an old football injury, and decide if those areas should be avoided or given special attention. Explain why you are getting the massage and what you expect from your appointment. Make the massage therapist aware of any allergies you have that can affect the type of oil used during your session.
  6. Give the massage therapist feedback as necessary. For example, speak up if you are uncomfortable for any reason, such as the temperature in the room, or if you experience any pain or discomfort. Ask to have the amount of pressure used during the massage altered if you prefer a lighter or firmer touch.
  7. Relax. Let the massage therapist move your body. Trying to help causes your muscles to harden and tense up and actually makes the massage therapist’s job harder. Also, don’t hold your breath when the massage therapist is working on a tight muscle or it will hold on to the tension.
  8. Drink extra water after your session to flush toxins released during the massage from your system.
  9. Don’t get off the table too quickly after the massage. If you feel dizzy, relax before getting up.
  10. Remain in the state of relaxation and enjoy the benefits of the massage as long as you can. Use deep breathing exercises. Eat a light dinner. Treat yourself to a long soak in a warm bath.

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