From easing anxiety and assisting with digestive orders, to reducing stress and aiding improving sleep (among other things,) the benefits that a massage offers are many. Bottom line: A massage is good for your body, your mind and your overall well-being.
If you have just scheduled your first massage, here are some tips that will help to prepare you for the experience so that you can fully reap the benefits.
Relax Your Mind
A massage is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but if your mind isn’t relaxed, then you are going to have a tough time gaining the relaxation benefits that massage offers.
Turn your mind off as much as possible. Turn of your electronic devices and let your worries leave your mind. If you are focusing on other things, you won’t be able to focus on the benefits of the massage.
Start relaxing your mind even before you arrive for your appointment. Take a nice, long, hot shower or bath. Listen to calming music. Fill a diffuser with a calming oil, such as lavender, and let the aroma infiltrate your home and your senses. The more relaxed you are, the more effective the massage will be.
Make sure you leave with plenty of time for your appointment. The last thing you want to do is worry about being stuck in traffic or running late. Allow yourself more than enough time to arrive at the day spa long island so that you can avoid the stress and anxiety that come along with rushing and running late.
Remember, if you do arrive at the day spa early, you will be welcomed to sit down and relax; you may even be offered a soothing tea or a glass of cold water while you wait.
Be Open and Honest
Make sure you communicate with your massage therapist. Communicate with him or her anything that may be of concern, such as areas that are particularly bothering you and any medical conditions that you may have that could potentially impact your experience.
During the massage, don’t be afraid to let your therapist know if you are uncomfortable in any way. Your therapist’s goal is to help you, not harm you. If you aren’t open and honest with him or her, you will be doing yourself – and the therapist – a disservice.
Take Your Time
After your massage, don’t rush to get up. Take your time preparing to leave. Lie on the table for a few minutes so you can collect your thoughts. Slowly get up and don’t rush getting dressed. Nobody is going to rush you out of the long island day spa. Rushing to leave will only zap you out of the relaxed state you are in, which is the exact opposite of what you want to do.
Drink Plenty of Water
During a massage, the muscles and ligament are being worked. This gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissues and moves it into the circulatory system and the kidneys. In order to replenish yourself, you need to drink plenty of water.
Additionally, during a massage, any lactic acid that has built up in your muscles and ligaments will be worked out and will also head to the kidneys. By drinking water, you will help your kidneys process the influx of lactic acid that will be thrown toward them.
Following these tips will help you get the most out of your first massage, and any subsequent massages that you may have.