Massage therapy has many benefits from helping to alleviate back and neck pain to improving joint flexibility to improving circulation. To get the most out of your next massage session consider these tips from the American Massage Therapy Association.
- Before the session, give your massage therapist accurate health information and share your expectations.
- Your massage therapist will probably use oils, lotions or powders to decrease friction on your skin. If you have allergies, tell your massage therapist.
- Music might be played during your massage session. If you find music distracting, let your massage therapist know your preferences. The same goes for talking during your session.
- Report any discomfort you experience during the massage session, whether it’s physical or has something to do with the environment.
- Provide your massage therapist feedback during the massage concerning pressure and speed of hand movement, for example.
- Discuss any apprehensions you have about massage therapy with your massage therapist. Remember, your massage therapist is a professional who is dedicated to the profession.
- Remember, too, the therapeutic benefits of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.