What You Need to Know About Massage
Massage is an important part of a therapeutic health care plan and increasingly popular in spas, health clubs and fitness centers. A trained massage therapist or experienced masseur can help you attain optimal mental and physical relaxation.
Regular massages can have immense benefits on health and life.
Massage oils can be combined with aromatic essential oils to derive optimal benefits of an aromatherapy massage. The scents of essential oils can loosen stiff muscles and calm you. Your aromatherapist or massage therapist will choose the right oil for you based on your therapeutic health condition and skin/ hair type.
What Not To Do Before Massage
- Do not wear jewelry, fitting or tight clothes. Loose fitting or comfortable clothing with no ornaments is desired.
- Do not have a heavy meal before massage. Keep your tummy relatively empty.
- Do not drink alcohol or smoke before therapy as it can hinder eliminate of body toxins and be ineffective in detoxifying your body.
- Do not undergo a massage therapy session if you have any serious medical conditions or a flu or fever. Once you have recovered from your illness, use massage treatment to get your system back in balance.
- Do not use cosmetics, body sprays or deodorants.
- Do not get massaged in a poorly ventilated room. Make sure the noise levels and temperature are well adjusted to your requirement.
- Do not soak in a hot tub. A cool shower or wash is desirable.
During Massage Session
- Make sure you feel comfortable. Adjust your surroundings; light, sound, ventilation and clothing till you reach your comfort level.
- When massage treatment starts, make sure you inform the massage therapist or masseur whether the pressure and strokes are heavy or light, too quick or too slow. Every individual has a different temperament and preference, so give your feedback to help the therapist understand your needs.
- The aromatherapist or masseur should focus on the treatment first and then on any conversation. Most people prefer quiet ambience or at the most, soothing music in the background. Some people like to talk or have the therapist speak to them. Adopt whatever works best for you.
- Stop and wait for sometime if you feel short of breath or experience tiredness especially if you are giving yourself a massage.
After the Massage Therapy Treatment
- Lie still on the massage table for sometime after your massage is over. Do not get off the bed instantly. It is likely that you may fall asleep after a relaxing massage session. Thats perfectly fine. Give yourself some time before you get back on your feet again.
- Do not expose your skin to harsh sunlight or strong lights when you have massage oils or essential oils on your body. Some oils interact with the sun rays to give allergic reactions.
- Keep yourself well covered and warm. A bathrobe or a warm dressing gown can be kept ready to slip into after your massage is over. Massage stimulates your blood circulation which takes heat to the surface of your body; similar to effects of exercise.
- Avoid smoking even after massage. Give your body a chance to detoxify itself completely.
- Drink plenty of water after therapy. First drink a glass of water right after the massage session. Herbal teas are also good. Staying well hydrated aids your kidney to get rid of body wastes.
- Eat light meals. Stay away from over processed foods throughout the rest of the day.