The moment we think about a relaxing massage, a lot of us are transported into a completely different world. The aroma, the relaxation, and a sense of comfort fills us. We can almost feel the pressure knots untying themselves and the stress leaving our body.
But, for a lot of people, massage is not that simple. They are awed by the atmosphere and at a loss of understanding about the behaviour that is expected from them. In fact, this lack of knowledge prevents many individuals from getting that much needed massage.
So what are the things that you should know or should remember to say or ask your massage therapist? Find your guide below:
If you are getting a massage done for the first time, it will help you to remember that the small cradle is meant for your face. You are supposed to be lying face down with your face in the face cradle. Many massage centres also have a small bolster which goes under your ankles when face down and under your knees when face up.
Most massage beds are equipped with a top sheet, a bottom sheet, and sometimes also a blanket. You are supposed to be lying under the blanket and top sheet but above the bottom sheet. Ignorance of this simple detail may lead to a lot of unnecessary embarrassment.
Temperatures are usually kept cooler in the massage room because all that massage and the essential oil rubbing can make up feel the heat. But if at any point in time, you feel that you cannot enjoy the massage because you are either feeling too hot or too cold; absolutely bring it to the notice of the masseuse. Temperature regulation is not a big deal, and your comfort is much more important.
If you have as cold or have a physical ailment that may cause you to feel uncomfortable or stuffy, do not go in for a massage. Massage can act as a catalyst to your existing symptoms, and you will also be doing a great disservice to the others by exposing the masseuse and the place to your germs.
Do let the massage therapist know if anything hurts. While discomfort may be a part of massage, especially when working with problem muscles; pain is not. Massage therapists say that on a scale of 1 to 10, they always want their clients to let them know when the threshold crosses 6. No massage should be painful.
If you have muscle pain, understand that it did not come in a day or in an hour. It is a result of years of a particular position of seating or travelling or any other action. Expecting the massage therapist to take care of it and undo the problem in a one hour session is unfair.
Your massage therapist is educated in their field and know their job. So when they make suggestions to you, listen to them. Normally, most massage therapists are nice enough to suggest some stretches that you can do regularly to help your body relax.
Most importantly; remember to ask, ask, and ask. There is nothing wrong about asking questions and wanting to know so that you are well prepared before the massage. It is your right to be aware of what to expect so that you have a pleasurable and relaxing massage.
The massage therapist cannot know what your likes and dislikes are, but you can help them by voicing your preferences so that your time is valuable in very sense. If you keep these simple tips in mind, it is assured that you shall never face anxiety about your massage sessions.