I often get, from friends and family, that they felt like they paid someone to lubricate their body – that’s not how it should be. Massage can be a jungle of complicated choices: what treatment should I choose, which salon to go with it and what to expect?
First and foremost a good background check goes a long way. Most salons have a website where they showcase their qualifications, especially if they are professionals and serious about their business. Unfortunately, there are several places that choose to use beauticians for massage treatments, this is not necessarily negative but often they are not trained in anything other than a simplified version of the classic Swedish massage. To be on the safe side, call the salon and ask for a muscle therapist, masseuse or a spa therapist – don’t be afraid to ask for the one with the best qualifications or who is popular to book, of course in regards of the treatment that fits your needs. Also you can ask to speak directly with the therapist, this allows you to ask them any questions that you may have. A qualified therapist will help you identify your needs, explain what they can do for you. Alternatively they can recommend you to another colleague, if they feel they are not the right choice for you in terms of your needs.
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Become better acquainted with your body. Where does it hurt? What movements trigger pain? The more you explore your own pain the more control you’ll have over it. Furthermore this is important information for the therapist as it will give an indication as to where and how to work with your body.
When your therapist asks you to breathe in while they press on a trigger point – do you feel something in your foot? In your hands? Are you feeling warm? Perhaps nauseous? Maybe it tickles? Get familiar with your body’s responses.
A well performed deep tissue or Swedish massage will be a bit uncomfortable, but the more you focus on relaxed breathing the more pressure is applicable to your muscles. However! Massage should not be painful – if your body is tense and you feel reluctant to the treatment you should speak up. Therapists are good at muscle treatment and knows how to loosen them up, but it’s hard for them to know your pain threshold.
Match your expectations with the right massage option. A Swedish massage may not be the best choice if your goal is to find inner peace and total relaxation, the same applies if you want to loosen up fibroids and relieve muscle pain – I wouldn’t recommend aromatherapy. There are many different massage treatments and they all meet different needs. Be sure to talk to your salon and express what you want to achieve with the treatment.
I hope these suggestions will help give you a better massage experience!