The key to a successful massage is relaxation. Not only should you be comfortable during your massage, but also it is important to relax before your body rests on the table.
If you begin your massage with the proper frame of mind you will gain greater benefits from your session.
Since many people seek a great massage to escape from the stress, pressures, and troubles of daily life, you would expect relaxation to come naturally.
However, when it comes time for their massage many people are so stressed out and full of tension that they find it difficult to free themselves from anxiety and lose the full benefits of their massage.
It is imperative to clear your mind and truly let go during your massage to ensure that you get as much as you can from your treatment.
One of the best things that you can do for your health is to take the time each week to slow down and unwind.
By enjoying the healing and rejuvenating benefits of massage you can rest assured that you are taking pro-active steps to protect your body and spirit as well as your mind.
First, you should avoid eating several hours before your massage. If you eat, you run the risk of having an upset stomach or feeling full and bloated. You should also watch your beverage intake as well.
Drink fresh juice or water and avoid anything that might make you feel jittery or hyper.
Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol are not suitable choices. You may feel that a glass of wine may relax you before your massage but it is better to drink fresh healthy juice or herbal tea instead.
You may find that taking a swim or a dip in the hot tub before your appointment will help you relax and unwind.
If you do not have access to a pool, hot tub, or jacuzzi, you can always relax by taking a nice warm bubble bath or shower.
Do whatever you need to do to ensure that you are relaxed before getting your massage. This enables the masseuse to work deeper in your muscle tissue and will ensure that you get the best results.
Another fantastic method that you can use to ensure that you are relaxed and prepared for your massage is deep breathing. Take five to fifteen minutes before your session to practice deep breathing techniques, focusing all of your energy on your breaths.
You will be amazed at how quickly the tension will leave and you will be ready for your massage.
It is important to realize that after your massage your body will release toxins. Therapeutic massages help break up fatty tissue and in return, many toxins and waste are dissolved. Therefore, it is very important that you drink plenty of fluids to help the body remove these toxins.
Fresh fruit and vegetable juice along with water will help keep the body hydrated as well as replenish important vitamins and minerals.
Some people prefer to drift away into oblivion during their massage and do not like to say anything. However, if you feel that the masseuse is using too much pressure than you will need to speak up.
Though your masseuse is a trained professional, he or she is not a mind reader. If you are uncomfortable or sore, than let him or her know. They will use a different technique and will ensure that you find your massage enjoyable and pleasurable.
About the Author (text)James Thomas is co-founder of Touch Of Aloha. An organization dedicated to teaching Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone Massage and Spa Therapies. Visit their website at: http://www.TouchOfAloha.org