Welcome to my little corner of the internet. If you've ever read the Five Love Languages, you know what I mean when I say my language is gifts. If you haven't read it, basically, the book says everyone feels love in slightly different ways: some people like verbal affection, others prefer touch, gifts, time or acts of service. When you have someone in your life who really understands your language, it makes everything feel just a bit better. A few years ago, I had a friend who intuitively knew my love language, and she was always surprising me with little gifts – my favourite was one afternoon when she "kidnapped" me and took me to get a massage. If you know someone who loves gifts, check out the ideas in my blog. I want to guide and help people who need ideas and inspiration. Enjoy reading.
Massage therapy has many health benefits, from stress relief to improved sleeping patterns. It also helps people suffering from muscle pain and injuries speed up their recovery. However, you can only access the full benefits that come with massage sessions when you find a professional masseuse and prepare well beforehand. Typically, the quality of the massage you get has something to do with the amount you are willing to pay for it. If you plan to spend some good money on a massage session, you should also expect some incredible results from it. The outcome of your massage session could also depend on how well you are prepared for it.
Here are three top ways to prepare if you want great results from your massage session.
Be Strategic About the Scheduling
When it comes to massage sessions, timing is everything. When the massage session is properly scheduled, it helps you relax and wind down after a stressful day, week, or month at the workplace. It's not advisable to go for a massage session over lunch, especially if you are expected to walk right back into the office for an afternoon session. For quality results, it's advisable to schedule it in the evening, during the holiday, or over a weekend.
When you schedule the massage session ahead of a free period, you will get massaged, spend the entire evening or even weekend recuperating and absorb all the benefits you can from this experience.
Do Some Exercise Beforehand
The second way to maximise your massage experience is by working out ahead of the experience. It's not advisable to exercise after a massage because it will wear out the muscles you were trying to relax, leaving you feeling tired.
On the other hand, when you exercise before the session begins, you start producing the feel-good hormones. The massage then makes it easier to relax your muscles and ease any aches you could be experiencing from the workout.
Eat Light Before the Massage
Overeating can interfere with your massage experience. Deep massage needs intense pressure, which can be very uncomfortable when your stomach is trying to digest a meal. Where possible, don't ingest more alcohol when preparing for a massage session. You can drink water and eat fruit before the session, as it will enhance your experience.
Finally, remember to clean up and groom yourself well ahead of the massage experience. Ensure you don't go into the massage room smelling sweaty. You will benefit a lot from your massage session when you make these plans ahead of time.
For more tips on getting ready for a massage, reach out to a local masseuse.