|Because massage is just becoming a common part of our contemporary cultural experience, many people are unsure as to how to receive their first massage. Here are a few guidelines to put you at ease and allow you to gain the greatest benefit from your massage therapy session.
Massage does for your body what a tune-up does for a car’s engine. Regular massage will help your body “run better”, improve your sleep, and improve mental and physical function.
Tell me about areas of your body which are injured, tense, or sore. Also mention any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, a heart problem, chronic headaches, varicose veins, or recent surgery.
Close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible. Focus your attention on your breathing, which should be slow, deep, and even.
As my hands locate tense or painful areas in the body, consciously try to relax those areas as I work with them. As you inhale deeply, visualize the breath flowing to the tensed area and relaxing it. As you fully exhale, visualize the tension leaving the body with the breath.
Conversations can and do occur during the massage. I rely upon you to let me know whether or not you would like to talk. Often the session becomes steadily quieter as it progresses, this is normal as you relax and shed your tension.
Allow me to move your limbs into various positions and stretches. Be limp, like a rag doll, and try not to help me move your arms, legs, or head.
I am a trained, Nationally Certified professional and will not do anything to harm you. However, feel free to speak up if anything I do is painful or ticklish, or uncomfortable in any way.
The more skin I can work with, the greater the benefit for you. I will ask you to undress to
your level of comfort. I am sensitive to the need for the privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet or a blanket at all times, except for the area being massaged. If this arrangement is not comfortable for you, you may remain in your underwear or bring a swimsuit to wear.
Contrary to past notions in our society about massage, it is an ancient healing art and
not a sexual service. Sexual behavior on the part of the client during the massage is inappropriate and will result in the
immediate termination of the session, for which payment is still due.
Very often, as the body releases tension during a massage, the mind will experience or release emotions. If you suddenly feel sad, angry, or joyful, do not be alarmed.
Allow yourself to express these feelings by crying, laughing, or speaking about them, I work very hard to provide a safe environment for this to occur. At the very least, feel free to sigh with relaxation, hum with pleasure, or groan during a release.
Many people fall asleep during a massage, an indication that the body and mind are releasing stress and tension. I will gently wake you when it is time to turn over or at the end of the session.
I hope that your massage is both enjoyable and beneficial, and that this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong practice to help you enjoy the best in health and relaxation.
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