Making the Most of your Massage July 28 2013

In the course of our busy days, it can be difficult to carve out the time to take care of ourselves.  For this reason, it's important to schedule healthy activities and nutrition into our lives.  Proper sleep, a nutrient-rich diet, regular stretching & exercise, and a monthly massage are a vital part of keeping your mind and body functioning optimally.  When hours in the day are limited, it's especially important that you maximize your relaxation time...

Here are some tips on how to get the very most out of your monthly massage:

1/  Choose the best day and time. Try to book your appointment when you won't be rushed to get to your appointment.  If possible, try to take a soothing bath or shower before leaving for your session to warm the muscles and unwind your mind.  Leave early and arrive in plenty of time in order to feel relaxed and unrushed.  Ideally you won't have anything scheduled immediately after your session, leaving yourself free to absorb the feeling of deep relaxation and stay in your bliss-state as long as possible. 

2/ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  Before your session, drink plenty of water and refrain from caffeine 4-5 hours before your session.  Dehydration can lead to dry skin, headaches, sore muscles and a weakened immune system.  Try to drink 24-48 oz of water in the hours following your massage, especially if you enjoyed a deep tissue session.  This will help your muscles recover, eliminate toxins and cleanse your body from the inside-out.

3/ Clean the Slate.  Try to get your work, chores and errands out of the way before your massage so you can free your mind from running through the things you still need to attend to that day.  A relaxed mind allows for a relaxed body.

4/ Un-Plug.  After your session, try to unplug from unnecessary stimulation like email, crowds, television or other burdens to the mind and nervous system.  Instead, try a bath, spending quiet time with the one you love, cuddling a pet, gardening or walking in nature.

You will feel the effects of a great massage for days to come, especially if you prepare yourself to receive and allow yourself the space to absorb all its amazing benefits.