wikiHow to Enjoy a Massage

You'd think it's easy to relax, right? Maybe that's not exactly so! Here's a list of helpful hints on how to best enjoy a massage therapy session.


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    Set aside enough time. Don't feel rushed. Don't check your watch or the wall clock. Just let time pass.
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    Breathe deeply. It does help. You'll begin feeling better, as more oxygen floods your tissues.
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    Provide feedback. If the therapist is using too much pressure, say something. Likewise if it's barely noticeable pressure!
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    Turn off your phone. Cell phones can really disrupt your peace of mind. If you leave it nearby and choose not to answer, you may end up tense, wondering who was calling.
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    Find a therapist that's good. Some therapists just aren't very good at what they do. Others seem gifted with some sort of helpful, even healing, touch. If the therapist is nice, but is lousy, move on.
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    Request a modality you like. Deep tissue's not for everyone; neither is rolfing. Trigger Point Therapy is great, but not suited for all people.
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    Tell the therapist what sort of pressure is best. And then once she starts, make sure you both are working with the same definitions! To some, deep pressure means a lot of force. To others, deep pressure really means less. Make sure you don't endure a torture session; deep tissue massage may hurt, but it shouldn't hurt so badly that you feel like passing out.
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    Turn down the lights. Burn candles. Play your favorite meditation CD on your home stereo, if it's an at home massage. If it's at a spa, bring your CD. They usually have a player. Some spas have docking stations for iPods, also.
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    Consciously work to relax your body, from your toes to your head. Focus on one part of your body at a time.
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    Find a therapist you feel comfortable with. This is essential. We all have personal preferences, in terms of people's personalities. If someone is a good therapist, but their personality grates you, it may be best to move on. But if they're a great therapist, and they annoy you, it may be best to just endure it. Great therapists are difficult to find!
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    If opting for an at-home session, schedule your massage for a time when the kids are out, if possible, or make sure they are occupied and have plenty to do for the hour. Otherwise, you may spend precious session time up and about, not receiving a massage.


  • At home massages are the best, in terms of relaxation. You get more relaxed at home.
  • Make sure you get up to use the bathroom if you feel the need to. 'Holding it in' during an hour long session will make it suck, for sure.


  • Focusing on the positive aspects of each negative or stressful thought can counter this effect. In most situations, what is right and good about each source of mental stress can be a source of strength and calm, instead of more tension and anxiety.

(e.g. If you were to think, "The house is a mess!" a good way to turn this negativity into something better would be to consider all the facts. "At least the remodeling is done, and we're all moved in with no damage to the furniture." It's as simple as looking at life in a different light.)

  • Alcohol is contraindicated for massage, so drinking before a session in not the best idea. (
  • Thinking negative thoughts is sometimes unavoidable. During a session, we want to relax, and not think about what stresses us. As the body releases tension, sometimes memories flood our consciousness. This may be how we process stored body stress.
  • Even so, stresses and issues at the office, or problems with the kids at school, the messy state of your house, or the mortgage, or anything else that makes you tense up, will make your session a waste of time.

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