How to Enjoy You're First Therapeutic Massage Experience
1st, determine whether you want a Massage therapist to come to your home, go to a day spa or a chiropractors office.
After being turned to Jell-O, some people prefer not to drive, while others need to get away from familiar surroundings (messy house, bills, the neighbors barking dog...) You choose what's right for you.
If you decide to go out, call a few places to ask what kind of therapeutic massage techniques they offer and determine what you think you'd enjoy before hand. Techniques include, Hot Stones Massage, deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Swedish massage etc...
*At a Day Spa/Hair Salon the room should be away from the stylists. Overhearing someone complaining about their spouse or inhaling perm odors probably won't be conducive to relaxation.
If you have a preference to be seen by a man or a woman massage therapist, be sure to let them know. If you think you'd be uncomfortable removing your clothes, you may want to go to a place that has massage chairs or have a Shiatsu Massage in which you are fully clothed.
If you have any problems such as back pain or want more emphasis on a certain area, Make that known. The Massage Therapist might want to work out a knot on your back, but you may prefer 15 minutes on your scalp. or your feet. If too much time passes and it seems like they've forgotten , remind them "don't forget my hands, scalp... please".
If you're at all uncomfortable during the session , this is no time to be a Wimp! If you need a pillow under your legs, a blanket, ... and the massage therapist doesn't offer you one ASK for it.
If the massage is too deep SAY SO, more than once, if you must. You're paying good money and should be cozy, comfortable and not be sore for a week. If the Therapist really cares about her/his clients they will appreciate you telling them because we want to give you a Marvelous Massage.
Tips & Warnings
* Some people believe because Massage can be costly, they needn't give a tip, but it’s customary to tip 10 to 20%. Also, keep in mind your therapist often gets less than half of what's charged.
* Most people who give massage prefer NOT to be called a Masseuse because of the bad connotation. We prefer Massage therapist, Body worker (Or you can ask)
* With the 100's of therapeutic benefits, its easy to justify getting a massage, but If you can't afford it at a Spa, you can look for any massage therapy schools near you that offer massage at reduced rates.
* Warning some people should not drive "under the influence" of Massage as their ability to function may be impaired.