Get the most from your Clinical Massage…

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I know there are people who can’t stand being touched, and I respect that. But I also think they’re nuts.

 

I know there are people who can’t stand being touched, and I respect that. But I also think they’re nuts.

The older we get, the more we need wise hands to sense our tight spots, stimulate blood flow and release our stress.

 

They relieve aching muscles, soothe joint pain, help prevent sports injuries and release energy blocks — physical and emotional — that keep us from living our healthiest, happiest life.

For me, 60 minutes is never enough. Like vegetables on your dinner plate, the more, the better, I figure.

 

Isn’t it one of the great pleasures of life when those healing hands sink into your upper back, slither down your spine, and release the pain, tightness and fear created by the latest jobs report or whatever else is causing you stress?

 

In the best of all possible worlds, massage therapy would be part of our regular maintenance routines, like having our teeth cleaned or cutting our hair.
There is no one best massage technique. No matter your choice — hot stones or deep tissue, Swedish or shiatsu — here are some things you should know to make your next massage your best massage:

 Don’t lie there feeling guilty about the time or the money. That kind of unproductive thought gets in the way of the magic. Instead, open up fully to the experience you are having. Stay in the moment. You deserve to feel good.

 

 Before your massage, scan your body for areas that feel tense or strained. Chronic soreness in your shoulder? Stiff neck? Tight hamstrings? Tell your therapist, and then completely surrender to his or her touch. Engage your mind, and your breath, but let your therapist do the work.

 Avoid idle conversation. It’s a distraction for both of you. At the same time, give feedback when necessary, especially about the amount of pressure. The stiller you are, the more you can tune in to the experience.

 Take a few deep breaths at the start to help you relax and get centered. During the massage, continue to breathe deeply. When you begin to feel discomfort, don’t clench or panic. Instead, exhale directly into the area of tension and visualize it melting away. The best body workers will coach you to work with your breath during your session, but don’t be shy about going with the flow, inhaling peace and joy, exhaling stress and stock losses.

 A hot shower, bath or sauna can start the unwinding process before the massage.

 

 After your session, ask your therapist to tell you about particular areas where you were holding tension. It could be your neck, your shoulders, your hips. That feedback can help you pinpoint areas that you need to relax and stretch away from the table, because tight, tense muscles often show up as medical problems down the line.

 

 Don’t eat for a few hours before your massage. The less you have in your stomach, the more comfortable you’ll be. And don’t forget to drink water afterward.

 

DIY massage. If your budget is even tighter than your lower back, do what plenty of smart athletes do and learn to self-massage, using a foam roller. It also works to prevent injuries, stimulate blood flow and ease painful muscle tension.

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Posted on October 8, 2011, in clinical massage therapy, massage, massage therapy, myofascial release, Soft Tissue, sport massage, Trigger point and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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