Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Right Way to Receive a Massage

What is the proper way to go about receiving a massage?

1. Answer all questions about your health honestly and completely. Discuss problem areas needing extra attention. Mention medical conditions (high blood pressure, heart problems, chronic headaches, varicose veins, etc), any recent injuries, or recent surgery.

2. Most therapeutic massage may be received with the body completely unclothed or wearing only underwear bottoms. Your body covered with a sheet (and blanket, if desired) except for the area being massaged. If this is not comfortable for you, let the therapist know and bring a swimsuit to wear.

3. Shower up prior to your appointment.

4. Conversation can be distracting to you and the therapist. Give feedback. Ask any questions. But don't forget, relax. Talking about your job and the daily grind might prevent you from relaxing.

5. Close your eyes. Allow yourself to relax as completely as possible. Focus your attention on your breathing, which should be slow, deep, and even.

6. Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Be limp, like a rag doll, and do not try to help. Speak up if anything is too painful, too ticklish, or uncomfortable in any way.

7. Contrary to common notion in our society, massage is an ancient healing art and not a sexual service. The body might become aroused as you experience total relaxation; however, sexual behavior during the massage is inappropriate and will result in termination of the session.

8. Very often, as the body releases tension during a massage, the mind will release emotion. If you are suddenly sad, angry, or joyful, do not be alarmed. Allow yourself to express these feelings by crying or laughing. At the very least feel free to sigh with relaxation or hum with pleasure.

9. Many people fall asleep during a massage. This is an indication that the body and mind are releasing stress and tension. The therapist will gently wake you when it is time to turn over or end the session.

Monica Leibacher
Celebration, Florida Massage Provided at Rosewood Holistic Health
Relaxation / Therapeutic / Chair Massage : Craniosacral Therapy : Hot Stone Certified Aromatherapy Parties : Young Living Independent Distributor

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