5 Tips for a More Effective Massage Experience

Effective Massage
Effective Massage

Are you looking to get the most out of your massage therapy sessions? Whether you’re dealing with muscle tension, chronic pain, or just need some relaxation, a massage can be a powerful tool for improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are five tips to help you make the most of your massage experience:

  1. Hydrate Before & After

Hydrated tissue is more pliable and flexible. This pliability makes it easier for the massage therapist to manipulate the soft tissue. Dehydration, on the other hand, can cause your muscles to become stiff and resistant to manipulation, leading to discomfort during the massage and potentially reducing its effectiveness. Hydrating both before and after a session can help reduce inflammation, support the flushing of toxins from your lymphatic system, decrease soreness and improve circulation. A little note: hydration isn’t just about drinking lots of water. Nutrition/having the right minerals helps your body put the water you drink to use. So if you feel like no matter how much you drink, your tissue/body does not feel hydrated, you can look into this further with a doctor/specialist.

  1. Communicate Directly & Clearly

For those that have not had many massages or are looking to get a massage for the first time, one of the best ways to get the most out of your session is to communicate your needs and feelings to your therapist both before and during your session. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask for clarification on things you don’t understand and most importantly be willing to express how you feel – both emotionally and physically. I’ve heard more than one person say “I laid on the table with anxiety because I told the therapist I had hip pain and when she started she was massaging my neck and back. It made me worried that she wouldn’t address my issue or give enough time and attention.” A lot is going on in the therapist’s mind in terms of their understanding of bodywork and perhaps based on posture or based on palpating they realize that much tension is coming from the upper body. And because the whole body is connected, it can be the case that hip pain is coming from another part of the body. But regardless of that, it’s absolutely beneficial to communicate with the therapist along the way. If the face cradle is bothering you, if you are cold, if something feels painful or if something feels good (especially if something feels good ), don’t hesitate to tell your therapist. They can shift directions at any time which assures you that you will be taken care of. This is your session and you should feel empowered to help make it everything you need it to be by clearly communicating.

  1. Relax & Feel Comfortable

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people seek out massage therapy is to relax. And the great news is that physical touch and therapeutic massage can help us relax and release stress. But there are many things that go into relaxation and it’s a good idea to make the most out of your session by removing any barriers to relaxation prior to your arrival. That can mean putting your phone on do not disturb or taking deep breaths when you first get on the table. Or to build off of my second tip in this blog, removing barriers to relaxation can also mean communicating with your therapist about your needs such as asking for an extra blanket to stay warm during your session. Trust and safety is definitely a big part of feeling comfortable and being able to relax, so make sure you remove any barriers there by choosing the right therapist (feel free to check out my previous blog on trust by clicking here.) You know yourself best, so whatever it is that is going to make you feel more comfortable before the massage session starts, I definitely recommend prioritizing it to get the most out of your session!

  1. Take Time To Rest Afterwards

The one thing I hate about massage therapy is how fast time seems to fly and how it comes to an end before I feel ready most times. What I’ve learned being a therapist is that it can be extremely beneficial to take time to rest after a massage to allow your central nervous system to integrate the therapeutic benefits you received from the bodywork. What most often happens is that we jump off the table and go back to the real world that can be fast paced and full of pressure and stress. This is the reason that I’ve allowed for more time in my practice for people to sit and relax after a session and why I do in-home massage therapy as well. In-home allows you to go get in a bath or throw your robe on and enjoy tea by your fireplace afterwards, no need to get in your car and deal with traffic. If you aren’t relaxed in your own home and/or your time is limited on the table and you aren’t someone who easily falls into that deep rest state during massage, one thing you can try is cutting bodywork a little short. With the remaining 5-10 minute of your session you can prioritize a deep rest state or meditation by using NSDR recording or Binural Beats.

  1. Determine Frequency

Figure out how you can use massage therapy to feel your best. If you are trying to work on a specific issue, you may want to visit a therapist twice a week, once a week, or every other week. You may realize that scheduling a massage the first weekend of every month helps keep the aches away and a balanced state of mind. It’s important to find what works for you and then all you have to do is show up!

I hope these tips help! Click here if you would like to connect with me to schedule

Finding A Great Massage Therapist!

Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

What do you look for when searching for a Massage Therapist?

I wanted to post a few blogs with the intention of helping people choose the right therapist and modalities and also help them to show up in their best state so that they can get the most from their session. The first thing and perhaps the most important thing that came to my mind surrounded the topic of trust & safety.

Massage therapy is a very intimate and personal experience that deserves much respect and careful consideration both from therapist and client. As a client, you are allowing someone to touch your own body and hear the details of your medical history and how you’re feeling in relationship to touch. As a therapist you are holding space for those things and staying educated on your profession, contraindications, and tuning into the fact that how someone might be perceiving touch or the way their body feels might be incongruent with how their soft tissue feels as you palpate it. When you create trust and safety in massage therapy, the client has the best chance of leaving feeling restored and taken care of. And the therapist has the best chance of doing their best work! 

While trust can definitely take a few sessions and some time to establish fully, you can always lay a small foundation with the communication leading up to your first session. Feel free to interview and ask all the questions that help relieve any hesitation or anxiety regarding your first session. These questions may be as unique and different as every individual. Allow the way that the therapist answers them to help you decide whether they are the right fit for you and will provide a safe environment during a session.

The reason why I believe this is the most important thing to consider is because a stressed system is a guarded system. When the nervous system feels it needs to be protected and guarded, it can create tissue tension patterns. And yes, I’m sure that is why you are visiting a massage therapist to begin with 🙂 – so in order to get the most out of your session, you will want to find someone who allows you to let down your guard!

I hope this helps give you a little more insight into picking a massage therapist. Please feel free to comment or sent me a message on your thoughts! Click here to contact.

And in the meantime, feel free to check out this article on how stress effects the body to learn more about the importance of feeling safe and relaxed during your massage session. Stress effects on the body (apa.org)

Mundelein Office

Massage Near Me
Massage Near Me

As Spring approaches, I’m excited to announce that I will be in an office space a couple days a week featuring a signature massage session that includes Vibroacoustic Sound Healing. Due to the sound system and the weight of the table, it really deserved to have a home base. This space is also allowing me the opportunity to add additional services and build a relaxing atmosphere outside of the home. Along with introducing office hours this year, I’m excited to post more on health and wellness. Over the last few years I have been diving into books and podcasts finding such a great community of wellbeing experts. I cannot wait to share what I have learned and continue to learn via blogs and social media posts (Facebook & Instagram). I hope you follow me on your preferred platform.

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