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Improving the Benefits of Your Massage

Study after study is now indicating the powerful benefit of regular massage. In order to get the most from your massage sessions; however, it is important to understand how to properly approach each session. 

First, it is important to understand that your mood when you begin your session can tremendously impact the results of your massage. Taking the time to prepare yourself before your massage can greatly increase the benefits you receive. While it may seem difficult at first to do, it is imperative that you try to leave your problems at the door. If you are able to do this you will increase the benefits you are able to receive and be in a much better frame of mind to deal with problems and responsibilities after your massage. 

Toward that end, there are several tips you can try before going in for your massage session. For example, try taking a long shower of bath before your appointment. It’s also a good idea to restrict consumption of sugar and caffeine and other stimulants before your appointment to ensure you are able to fully relax during your massage. Likewise, try not to eat immediately before you appointment. Try to avoid rushing straight to your appointment. If you feel rushed in getting to your appointment it can be difficult to relax once you get there. 

Be aware that you can also increase the benefits of your massage if you are open and upfront about any current problems. For example, if you have a spot that is injured or sensitive be sure to let your massage therapist know about it. Also, don’t be shy about speaking up and letting your therapist know if you need him/her to apply more or less pressure in particular areas. 
Share your thoughts about the environment as well. It can be difficult to relax if you’re too cold or hot. If there are distractions or the lighting is not right, it’s also important to speak about this as well. Consider the music as well. Perhaps you would like a different style of music or would like to change the volume. 

Remember that each massage session is to help you relax and achieve maximum health benefits. This is only possible if you are willing to share your feelings and needs. 

Try to relax as much as possible during your session. Focus your attention on the session and try not to focus on any current problems you may be experiencing. Taking slow, deep breaths can help you with this. 

After your session is over, try to have some quiet time before you must return to your busy lifestyle. 

In addition, keep in mind that due to the fact that toxins will be released from your muscles as a result of the massage, it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water to reduce any possible strain on your organs. 

Don’t forget to go ahead and schedule your next session. Remember that you can only achieve maximum benefits from massage through regular massage therapy. While weekly massage sessions are best, even a monthly massage can provide numerous benefits. Look at it as doing something good for your body that will improve your overall health rather than a luxurious indulgence. Make it a priority not something you just work into your schedule when you have time. Incorporating massage therapy as a regular part of your life will help you to be better prepared for whatever life happens to throw your way. By following these guidelines and tips you can be sure to get the most out of each of your massage therapy sessions. 

Deciding which Type of Massage is right for You

Massage therapy has become so popular there are now many different types of massage offered. If you’ve never had a massage before choosing which type of massage is best for you can be a bit overwhelming. Read on to understand more about the most popular types of massage and decide which type is the best one for you. 

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage, at least in the U.S. The type of massage is also know as massage therapy. A Swedish massage features long smooth strokes as well as circular movements and kneading. Massage oil and lotion is also commonly used. Some of the major benefits of Swedish massage is that it can be very relaxing and also quite gentle. This is a good type of massage for first time massage clients to try. 

Aromatherapy massage is a type of therapy massage that includes the use of essential oils for particular needs. Essential oils are extracted for the core of scented plants. Many types of essential oils are used for relaxation purposes as well as to reduce stress, energize and more. Lavender is one of the most common types of essential oils used in aromatherapy massage. This type of massage is an excellent choice for individuals who frequently feel stressed. 

Hot stone massage involves the use of smooth heated stones that are placed on parts of the body in an effort to loosen and warm tight muscles. This type of massage can also be used to balance energy areas in the body. Generally, the massage therapist will hold the stones and apply gentle pressure during the massage. This pressure and warmth is quite comforting and not painful. Individuals who suffer from muscle tension but who do not want a very physical massage are well suited for hot stone massage. 

Deep tissue massage is aimed at the deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle. This type of massage features slower strokes than many other types of massage. Deep tissue massage is a good choice for persons who suffer from chronic painful or tight muscles. In addition, person who undergo repetitive strain, are recovering from injury or who have posture problems are also good candidates for this type of massage. Be aware that it is common to experience some soreness up to two days after a deep tissue massage. 

A Shiatsu massage is a type of Japanese bodywork that features very localized finger pressure. Each point on the body is held for several seconds during a Shiatsu massage in an effort to improve energy flow and assist the body in regaining balance. While a Shiatsu massage may sound painful, it is actually quite relaxing and the pressure is more firm than painful. In addition, most clients suffer no soreness following the massage. 

Pregnancy massage is another type of massage growing in popularity. This type of massage is also known as pre-natal massage. Be aware if you are interested in this type of massage it is best to seek treatment from a certified pregnancy massage therapist who has been trained to properly position and support the expectant mother’s body during the massage. Benefits of pregnancy massage include reduction of stress, decrease in swelling and alleviation of pains and aches. 

Thai massage is somewhat similar to Shiatsu in that the intent is to align the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. The difference between the two is that Thai massage also features stretches and compressions. Benefits include improvement in flexibility and range of motion. 

Sports massage is geared for individuals who are involved in physical activity, although this does not necessarily mean athletics. Persons who are active or work out often may also be good candidates for this type of massage. A variety of techniques are used with the sports massage. The strokes utilized are generally faster than many other types of massage and may also include stretching to loosen muscles and improve flexibility.

Answers to your Massage Therapy Questions​

If you’ve never had a massage before there may be many questions you might have about proper protocol. Read on for tips to answer those questions so you can relax and make the most of your first massage. 

One of the most frequently asked questions about massage therapy sessions is whether you should tip your massage therapist. Actually, there are no specific rules about this unless you are getting your massage at a spa or hotel. In that case, it is standard to tip your massage therapist between 15 to 20%. If you are getting your massage in a clinical or even a medical setting; however, tipping may not be necessary. 

The subject of nudity is another common query regarding massage therapy. Many people wonder whether they need to remove all of their clothing or not. The final rule about this is that you should do whatever is most comfortable for you. If you are comfortable removing all of your clothing, then that is fine. On the other hand, if you would prefer to keep your briefs or panties on, that is acceptable as well. Be aware; however, that if you do intend to keep some articles of clothing on, it is advisable not to wear tight-fitting briefs or panties because they can get in the way. Rest assured that regardless of what you choose, the massage therapist will ensure that you are always properly covered by the towel or sheet. 

There is no need to be concerned about embarrassment while you undress. The massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing. They will ensure you have ample time to undress and then lie down on the massage table under the sheet or towel. Before the massage therapist enters, he or she will always knock on the door and ask if you are ready. 
When it comes to talking during your massage, this is also completely up to you. Don’t feel as though you need to make conversation if you don’t feel like it. This is a treatment, after all and you should feel comfortable relaxing. 
If you feel uncomfortable during the massage, for any reason, be sure to speak up about it. Regardless of whether the temperature in the room is too cold or hot, you’re experiencing pain or you have a question, don’t hesitate to voice your concern or question.

Likewise, don’t be concerned about voicing any concerns you may have about certain parts of your body. It is not that uncommon for many people to be self-conscious about parts of their body because they have scars, they feel they are overweight or something similar. Even if you are self-conscious this should not prevent you from seeking the benefits available through massage therapy. There are several alternative options. For example, you could ask the therapist to avoid whatever area of your body concerns you or you could also select a type of massage that is performed through clothing such as a Thai or Shiatsu massage. 

Finally, be aware that while there are often many long-running jokes regarding the legitimacy of massage therapy; be aware massage therapy is an important type of medical treatment that can provide numerous health benefits. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a particular massage clinic, always be sure to ask up front whether the therapist(s) are licensed and/or certified. You can also verify the legitimacy of a clinic by asking what types of massage therapy is offered and if the clinic requires a health questionnaire. Legitimate clinics offer therapeutic massage and always require a health questionnaire. 
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