merely relax and enjoy, right? Sure, sometimes that is just what your
body and mind need, but if you want to get the most out of your
massage, try these ideas:
eyes, and allow yourself to settle into a deep, regular breathing
pattern. Let your attention drift to any areas that might be holding
tension. If you feel any tightness, focus your attention on that
specific place in your body.
Inhale deeply and exhale slowly. There is a tendency to brace
against tension and hold the breath. Breathe into tense areas and feel
the muscle tissue relax as you exhale. When you experience a muscle
release, continue your easy breathing and let your attention wander
again. If you feel tension anywhere else, or if your attention is
directed to the same place again, once again focus, breathe, and relax.
It can be
beneficial for both the massage therapist and client to remain silent
during the massage, focusing attention on the release of tension, but
the session is your time, and you may talk if you wish.
massage, please do communicate with your therapist if the pressure
is too light or too deep for your needs, or if you feel any referred
sensations (for example, a tingling in the arm while the neck is
limbs and head be heavy. The therapist will move your body into the
position best suited for the technique. Your therapist may ask you to
contract a muscle while pressure is applied to a complementary muscle
as it stretches.
Our bodies may
hold deep, unresolved emotions as muscular tension. During a massage
session, these emotions might be triggered as the muscles release. Some
clients laugh, a few cry or sigh. Some fall in and out of sleep.
massage, most clients feel a combination of increased relaxation.
Some feel more energetic. However, it is possible to experience
stiffness, nausea or sleepiness due to toxin release. It is best to
drink plenty of water to aid the body's natural elimination processes.