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  • Writer's pictureCorey Richason, LMT

Maximizing Your Session: Guidelines on Getting the Most out of Your Massage

Updated: May 6

Welcome to my guide on maximizing your massage therapy sessions. Whether you're a seasoned client or new to therapeutic touch, understanding how to optimize your massage session is crucial to your recovery. In this blog, I'll cover everything you need to know, from preparing for your appointment to post-session care. Let's embark on a journey towards ultimate relaxation and healing together.

Before Your Session:

While I may send out reminders, it's essential to be prepared for your session. Arriving early ensures maximum session time. Use these extra minutes to finish your intake form, visit the restroom, and begin relaxation with some deep breathing. Think of this moment as a mini retreat for your body and mind. Have a seat in our waiting area and focus on your goals for today's session.

Communicating your goals with me, your therapist, is the next step. Don't be shy about sharing any areas that need extra attention or recent events that have happened. Whether it's that nagging shoulder pain from hours at the computer or tight hamstrings from yesterday's workout, your therapist is here to help. The more you tell me about your physical and emotional state, the better I can tailor the session to meet your exact needs.

Honesty is crucial when it comes to medications, supplements, diagnoses, or disorders. Any changes to your health, no matter how minor, may affect the pressure and techniques we use or where we start working. These adjustments are necessary to maximize your session's relief, and rest assured, all your information is kept confidential.

During Your Session:

This is your time to release stress and tension. If my treatment applies too much pressure or not enough, just let me know. Your comfort is important to your session! If you find yourself tensing up or feeling uncomfortable, it's a sign that the pressure may need adjustment. On the flip side, if you feel as though you can handle a bit more pressure, let me know so I can accommodate as best as I can .

I encourage you to quiet your mind and focus on how each area feels as we work on it. You may be surprised to notice tight areas releasing—it's quite magical! You can focus solely on YOU by bringing your awareness to your experience during the session. l'm here to contribute to your pain relief and relaxation, so don't hesitate to let us know how we can achieve that.

After Your Session:

Take your time getting up from the table and sip on water to rehydrate. It's normal to feel a bit spacey or sleepy after a massage, so give yourself a moment to come back to reality. Give yourself time to move your joints, stretch, and take some deep breaths. Pay attention to any changes in your body. Remember, "me time" doesn't end until you leave my office.

Listen to your body in the hours and days following your massage. You may experience soreness, especially if deep tissue techniques were used. Gentle stretching and applying heat, ice, or a quality muscle rub cream can help alleviate any post-massage discomfort. Reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about how you feel—I'm here to address your concerns and adjust the next session if necessary!

By following these guidelines, you can make the most of your massage therapy sessions and reap the full benefits of this healing modality. Remember, communication is key, so don't hesitate to speak up and share your needs with your therapist. Here's to many more blissful sessions ahead!

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