Massages provide a relaxing experience, where tight and stress knots are removed from a particular area of the body. Ultimately, afterwards the recipient feels rejuvenated and their movement is freer. However, although a massage isn’t in any way bad or scary, many who haven’t had one before don’t know what to expect, making them a little apprehensive. Therefore, we have compiled this guide, so those looking to have their first massage, know what to expect and can look forward to it and eliminate any nerves.
Before The Massage
Before the massage, you need to evaluate whether it is the right time for you to have one. If you are unwell, have sunburn or a skin irritation, then now is not the best time for a massage. In the lead up to the massage, you are advised to drink plenty of water and not to eat just before. Try to plan your time well, so you arrive on time and you don’t feel stressed or rushed when you get there.
You will be asked about your health history, which may be mailed to you to complete before the day of the massage. The information the therapist typically wants to obtain, is:
- Your Level Of Discomfort Or Pain On Bad And Good Days
- Medical Conditions
- Contact Information
- What Reduces The Pain
- What Makes The Pain Worse
You will then discuss your health history with the massage therapist, where you must inform them about any medication you are on. From here, the therapist can determine whether or not you should opt for a massage. Additionally, the massage therapist will ask you what you want to achieve form the treatment and the areas of the body you want worked on.
During The Massage
Typically, you will lie on a massage table and be covered by either a large towel or a sheet. If you don’t want to be touched in a certain area, you don’t want music played or if you are in discomfort at any time, it’s important that you let the therapist know. If you want the massage to end, you are entitled to ask for it to stop at any time and the therapist will respect your request.
The only area that will be exposed is the location that is being targeted by the therapist. In order to get the most from your massage, you should relax as much as you can and let your thoughts go. It’s important that you remember to breathe, as it helps you to fully relax. This is very important as tightened muscles during the massage is counterproductive.
There are number of different techniques, including:
- Cross-Fiber Friction
- Direct Pressure
- Skin Rolling