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Treat Yourself to a Massage in August
Now just because I said you should treat yourself to a massage in Aug, doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself all year long regardless of what month, week, day or hour it is. I fully believe that everyone should get a massage at least one time per month, and if you can afford it, then 2 or 3 times is ideal. I know we can’t all afford regular massage, and oh how I wish insurance covered massage… but it doesn’t and so I take advantage of any coupon or deal for my local area with the therapists I have found that I really like.
Since I get massages on a regular basis I wanted to share with you some of the things I have found I like, don’t like, tips for the best massage and ways to make sure you get what you want out of your massage. Every bodies body is different and the reason for massage is different. For me, I have Fibro and a massage helps ease my Fibro pain. Since I work online, I sit a lot and my hips and butt get sore and stiff, and my shoulders pay a dear price. I do workout, and so the workouts and the sitting all make me very tight and sore. A massage for me is all about relaxing, taking me time, and letting the therapist work out some of the tight spots I have.
** First and foremost, make sure you get recommendation from others. Picking the right therapist is important. You can find recommendations and reviews on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisory. You will want to feel comfortable with your therapist. Talk to them, get the feel for their attitude, personality, professionalism and all around a sense of comfort.
** Make sure you don’t eat right before you walk into the massage appointment. When we eat, our bodies are working very hard to digest our foods. We want our bodies to relax. Now, I am not saying you should be starving, but just don’t eat within 30 min to an hour before your appointment.
** Talk with your therapist to let them know where you hurt, what you expect from the session, how you like to start (face up or face down), what parts you don’t want worked on, or what parts you want special attention too. They need to know this to give you the best massage they can.
** A therapist can do the best work when you are fully undressed. Not everyone is comfortable being fully undressed and the therapists do understand this. If you are comfortable with your therapist and trust them, having no clothing to restrict their job is best.
** If you have sensitive skin, or a sensitive nose talk with your therapist about the lotion and oils they use. If you like a certain thing or smell ask if they have it. I myself love essential oils and always ask for them. I like citrus and minty smells. They relax me.
** A massage is to be relaxing and not painful. If you have any pain or discomfort regardless of it’s it by them or the position on the table you are, or the music choice or temperature of the room, or whatever.. please let them know. They want you to be comfortable, so you come back to them the next time.
** I am terrible about shaving.. LOL!! I generally tell my therapist to not pay attention to the hair on my legs, and she always laughs and says not to worry. Actually, a therapist is not worried about whether or not you have shaved, they are paying attention to the muscles under those hairy legs 😉
** After the massage, take a few minutes to lay on the table and float into a zen before hopping off the table and dressing. Once you are dressed you can exit the room and meet your therapist to chat about the session. If you have any concerns, address them with him/her. Then, book your next session.
** Keep in mind that during a massage when the therapist is kneading and working all your muscles the waste response in your body is stimulated. This means that your kidneys will get a workout after a massage so you will want to drink plenty of water thru the rest of your day.
** During the massage the therapist is very respectful of you, and your body. They have ways of draping the blankets so you are never on the table exposed. They only uncover the area they are working on, and cover it when they are done. Some therapists have heated tables, some use more blankets than others, some use hot towels and hot packs, others use special oils for feet, some use essential oils and some don’t, some talk during the massage and some don’t. It is always funny to me how a therapist is taught the same as all other therapists but they can all be so different in their ways.
Regardless of if you have never had a massage, or you get them regularly these tips are good to keep in mind and share with others.
I have been getting regular massages for about 4 years now and don’t know what I would do if I was told I couldn’t have a massage. I love them! I have been to many different therapists in my area and now have a couple I truly adore. If I didn’t have Fibromyalgia I would go to school to be a massage therapist.. but I don’t think my body can handle being a therapist. So, I will just continue to get them and help out the massage therapists I go to .. LOL!
I know on Groupon you can find some good deals in your local area for many things, and I have seen massage stuff on Groupon before.
Locally ( Duluth, Mn) I love Holistic Path, Full Circle Massage, and Michelle Wall Therapy.
Things I love ~ love love love my head and face massaged. I could just lay for hours and fall asleep to that. Love my back massage, and my feet and hands. I enjoy essential oils. I even had one therapist put a stool under the face cradle and she put a tissue with a bit of peppermint and eucalyptus oil on it to help keep my sinuses clear when my face was in the face pillow. That helped HUGE! I like no talking as I want to relax and decompress. I wish I could get one weekly, but that just isn’t the case so I do push for 2 a month.
Do you get massage? I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback… leave me a comment 🙂