14 Nov 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Massage
Happy Monday! Today, I’m sharing 5 ways to get the most out of a massage! These past few months have been… well… a little crazy, haven’t they? I’ve learnt lot about stress and what it is capable of doing to my body, mind and spirit. I’ve been trying to apply some relaxation and meditation techniques to my everyday routine [have you noticed the increase in yoga classes?] and I’m hoping that these things can seamlessly become a part of my day to day! Hitting the spa is a great way to do that!
With the election behind us and the holidays in front of us, I decided that I needed a day [or at least a few hours] to myself for a little relaxation! Luckily for me, Riviera Spa is just down the street and they were willing to bring me in and give me a spa day to take a moment to breathe, be pampered and relax!
Before I share 5 ways to get the most out of a massage, let me take a moment to tell you about Riviera Spa, simply because it completely took me by surprise that I had a world-class spa just down the street from my house! This little spa is tucked away in Travis walk, which in and of itself is beautifully designed with its pillars and all white architecture! The moment you walk up the stairs and see the spa in front of you, you know that you’ve arrived at an oasis of sorts.
The spa is beautifully designed when you walk in, but very humble as you make your way back to the treatment rooms. I began any day with a massage by Nick, who is extremely knowledgable, not only on the art of massage, but on the body, the muscles and the way they connect. I was VERY happy with my massage! He was wonderful! From there, I went into a facial with James! Talk about someone who knows his stuff, too! He talked me through everything and my skin came out GLOWING! Then, I finished my day of pampering with a mani/pedi! It was perfection! If you’re in Dallas, I definitely recommend Riviera Spa for your next day of pampering!
Massages can be hit or miss. Believe it or not, the success of a massage often lies in the hands of the person receiving it far more than in the hands of the person giving it! Nothing is worse than walking away from a massage thinking that it didn’t live up to your expectations! Massages are great for detoxification purposes and they benefit your skin too, not just your muscles, so knowing how your treatment can help you and preparing to take your experience into your own hands [as much as you can], can really make all the difference! Here are 5 ways to get the most out of a massage:
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Massage:
- Ask Yourself “Why am I getting this massage?”
What is the purpose for your massage? Do you have a sore spot you specifically want the therapist to work on? Are you going into this purely for relaxation purposes? Did you sign up for a deep tissue massage, a sports massage or a Swedish? No matter what you decide, come up with an ‘end goal’ for your experience there and get into that mindset beforehand. The better you understand WHY you’re going in for the massage, the better chance you have of walking out of the experience saying “Now, THAT was exactly what I needed!”
- Exfoliate, shave a moisturize the night before
I say this for two reasons. 1. Massages are GREAT for detoxification purposes and they are wonderful moisture boosts for your skin. I like to exfoliate my skin to slough off the dead, dry skin and prepare my body for a great boost of moisture the next day! 2. The goal is to be able to completely relax and unwind. No girl can truly do that when she’s worried that the therapist has to rub her hairy legs. Go ahead and shave [yes, you should then moisturize after] the night before so that you feel ready for a rub-down!
- Drink water beforehand
Starting the night before and continuing throughout the day of your treatment, make sure you drink plenty of water. Massages are wonderful for moving the toxins out of your body, but the only way that can happen is if you’re hydrated. If not, the toxins get to hang out inside you all day… yum! Also, make sure that you hydrate well after the massage, too! most spas have ‘spa water’ waiting for you when you’re done with your massage.
- Communicate your end goal with your therapist
Talk to him/her! Remember your end-goal that we discussed in point one? TELL YOUR THERAPIST. They can only provide for you the experience you want if you tell them from the get-go! Make sure you also tell them of any injuries, sore spots, or any spots that you don’t want them to touch [ticklish feet]. Let’s talk pressure… if they’re rubbing too hard or not hard enough, TELL THEM. It’s your experience they’re concerned about… not their’s!
- Don’t shower right away [if you don’t have to]
During the massage, they’ll put oils and moisturizers all over your body. Leave these on as long as you can so that your skin can really get the most out of the massage. I like to plan my massages at times/on days where I don’t have much going on afterwards. That way I can really let the oils penetrate my skin!
Next time you head to the spa for a rub-down, remember these 5 ways to get the most out of a massage and hopefully, you’ll walk away feeling like you’re lighter than air!
What do you do to prep for a massage? Where do you like to go?