Most people truly want to know the secrets for an awesome massage. Who doesn't want their massage to be the bomb diggity? It's something you look forward to each time you go. Yet some people don't always receive exactly what they want during their massage.
Here are 10 secrets for an awesome massage:
1. Do Your Homework.
Where do you begin to find a great massage therapist? One way is to ask close friends or co-workers which massage therapist is the best. You can also read about reviews online or explore the massage therapist’s website for information. It’s always suggested to contact the massage therapist to speak with them before your appointment. Ask questions about specialty techniques or about your specific health concerns and massage. You can also verify if they are currently licensed in massage. Currently 46 states require licensure in the United States.
2. Give complete health information.
You will be asked to fill out a confidential intake form. Be thorough, including information about past surgeries, health conditions and areas where you are having pain. Some massage therapists have intake forms that you can fill out in advance. This is helpful so that the therapist can review your information ahead of time and you don’t have to feel rushed at your appointment. Be clear about what goals you have for receiving massage therapy, such as reduce pain, stress or better flexibility.
3. Arrive Early.
Arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time. Getting to your appointment early allows you to begin winding down for your massage. Relaxing a few minutes before will allow you to have a better experience. A sign of a good massage therapist is someone who can spend time getting to know you and your health needs before you get on the table. Being late can cut that conversation time-or your massage short.
4. Wear comfortable clothes.
Comfortable clothing is a must when going to a massage appointment. Bring a change of clothing if you are arriving after work. Then you can put on your favorite shorts or sweats and tee post massage. No one wants to put tight fitting clothing on after getting totally relaxed.
5. Eat light.
Avoid eating a heavy meal before a massage. It’s just uncomfortable for you, plain and simple. And, a kind gesture from the massage therapist is to offer water at the session. No, it’s not to flush toxins out of your system. You just might be thirsty!
6. Lotions and Potions.
Let your therapist know if you have any allergies to scents or nuts. Some massage oils, lotions or creams may contain nut oils. Also, some massage lotions may contain scents. Not everyone likes lavender oil.
7. Room Conditions
Maybe you have a certain kind of music you love to relax to everyday. Or maybe you chill out in complete silence. Let your therapist know what you prefer. Massage therapists in private clinics can usually control the type of music, volume or turn it off all together.Too warm or cold? Temperature can be another factor that can be controlled in the room. Ask for another blanket or heating pad if you become cold.
There is one major reason a client may not return to a massage establishment: not enough or too much pressure. Give clear communication about the amount of pressure you prefer. Your therapist will ask you about the pressure a few minutes after the session begins. Let them know immediately if you feel pain or discomfort.
9. Quiet, please!
Some clients love to chit-chat during a massage session. Some want absolute silence. Everyone unwinds differently. It's perfectly OK to let your therapist know exactly what you want. This is your experience, not theirs.
10. Before you go.
Take your time getting up from the table post massage. Before you leave, make a habit to book your next massage. You are more likely to come regularly and enjoy the health benefits of massage therapy.
What's the common thread throughout all 10 of these tips? Communication. Ask questions, make your preferences known, and you'll experience an awesome massage every time.