Find relaxation with massage therapyMassage therapy is a relaxing experience, both physically and mentally. While a relaxing massage is primarily in the hands of your massage therapist, there are certain steps you can take before, during and after your massage to help enhance the experience.

Know Your Needs

Depending on your job and your body type, you’re more likely to have tension, pain and knots in certain areas. Massage therapists are specially trained to locate problem areas, so don’t hesitate to inform your therapist of activities that cause frequent knots.

Communicate with Your Massage Therapist

Communication is key to results, both before and during massage therapy. Massage therapists vary in their opinions on the use of lotion, music and talking during massage therapy. Talk to your massage therapist before your massage and discuss what you prefer.

Once your massage therapy begins, give feedback on the amount of pressure, speed, etc. you prefer. Additionally, be sure to report any discomfort, such as room temperature, lighting and other factors affecting your experience.

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Remember to Relax

Relaxation is the foundation of massage therapy, so the reminder may seem like a no-brainer. But complete relaxation can be difficult to achieve, especially during your first massage therapy session. Just remember that the massage therapist is there to suit your needs, so don’t be afraid to speak out about anything that can enhance your relaxation.  

Schedule Several Sessions

Know going into your massage therapy session, especially if it’s your first time, that massage achieves its greatest benefits over time. The more often you have a massage the better you’ll feel and the faster you’ll respond to the therapy. If you are having your massage performed to address chronic pain or recovery from an injury, you’ll almost certainly need more than one session.