What to Expect for Your First Massage
Massage is a very personal one on one experience, and you do need to build a level of trust with your massage therapist. Not wanting a stranger to touch you is a very normal feeling. A phone consultation is a great first step to starting a relationship with your massage therapist. Talk with us any time!
For those who are nervous about getting their first massage, we have put together this guide for what you can expect during your first visit, and what you can do before your visit to make yourself feel more comfortable.
Simple steps to take to prepare for your massage:
Drink plenty of water! This will aid in flushing out any toxins.
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing. This will help you get into a relaxed mindset, as well as allow for easier undressing and redressing.
Do not eat just before your massage. If your stomach is full, it may make it uncomfortable to get a massage. Give yourself plenty of time to digest beforehand.
Get to your appointment with some time to spare so that you don’t feel rushed! It will be hard to get into a relaxing mood if getting to the appointment is stressful for you.
Now that you know how to prepare for a massage you might be wondering what you can expect from your massage.
What to expect for your first massage:
You will be asked to undress for your massage. Undress to your comfort level. Most likely you will only need your back exposed.
Don't Be Afraid to Communicate with your massage therapist about what you want to get out of your session or how you are feeling. Your massage therapist is there to help you feel better. Let your therapist know If you have a specific problem area or purely just want to relax on the table. Your massage therapist may use oils and lotions to reduce friction during your massage, so make sure that you communicate any allergies that you may have. Your therapist is a licensed massage professional, but they do want to know if you experience any discomfort at any time during the session. They can adjust their technique to accommodate you.
Breathe normally throughout your massage. Normal breathing helps expedite relaxation. Often, people will hold their breaths or limit their breath while on the massage table because they feel nervous – this can be counterproductive. Holding your breath often contracts your muscles more, making them tougher to loosen. Inhale and exhale normally while your therapist executes various massage techniques.
There will be music playing. This helps aid the relaxation process.
You'll Want to Come Back. Massage releases endorphins, which make you feel good. Endorphins have their own healing qualities, and the benefits of massage therapy accumulate over time with regularly scheduled sessions. The more often you come the better you feel, the faster your body responds, and the quicker you feel relief.
Drink water afterward, too! Massage gets your blood and oxygen circulating as they should but a massage is dehydrating in nature. Staying hydrated before and after a massage is recommended because the water helps flush those released toxins out.
How to get the most from your massage session:
Have an open mindset! Getting a massage may be out of your comfort zone, but if you go in with an open mind, it can be a fulfilling experience.
Relax and try to let your thoughts go, similar to meditation. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
Remember to breathe normally. This helps you relax. Sometimes people have the tendency to hold their breath when a sensitive area is being massaged, but breathing through that spot is best.
If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage and don't go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
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