How to Receive a
In many other
countries massage is considered mainstream and medicines are
considered alternative care while here in the United States it
is much the opposite. Because it is not a common part of the
culture here, many people will often feel uncomfortable about
receiving their first massage. Contrary to a common
misconception in our society today about massage, it is an
ancient healing art and not a sexual service! The body may
become aroused as you experience the pleasure of total
relaxation. However, sexual behavior during the massage is
inappropriate and will result in the termination of the session.
Below are a few guidelines to help you understand and feel at
ease. It will also allow you to gain the greatest benefit from
your massage therapy sessions.
Be sure to tell the therapist about any soreness, tension or
injured areas of the body. Also mention any medical conditions
you may have, such as high blood pressure, a heart problem,
chronic headaches, chronic muscle pain, varicose veins, recent
surgery, pregnancy, etc.
The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely
unclothed. Your modesty is important and the therapist will keep
your body covered with a sheet or blanket except for the area
being massaged. If you are uncomfortable with this, you may wear
underwear and for female clients a bra that closes in the back
or a two piece swimsuit that fastens in the back.
While on the massage table, close your eyes and allow yourself
to relax as completely as possible while listening to the music
playing in the background or focus your attention on your
breathing, which should be slow, deep and even.
When your therapistís hands locate areas of pain or tension in
the body, consciously try to relax
those areas. As you inhale deeply, visualize your breath flowing
to the tense area and relaxing it, and
as you fully exhale, visualize the tension leaving your body
with the breath.
Be as limp as a rag doll and allow the therapist to move your
limbs into various positions. Please feel free to speak up if
anything the therapist does is too painful, ticklish, or
The body releases tension during a massage and the mind often
releases emotion. If you suddenly feel
sad, angry or joyful, do not be alarmed, this is part of the
therapeutic process. Allow yourself to express these feelings.
Many people fall asleep during a massage, an indication that the
body and mind are releasing stress and tension. The therapist
will gently wake you when it is time to turn over, or the end of
In the hours after a massage it is beneficial to drink plenty of
water. This will assist the body in cleansing itself of
impurities that may have been released during the course of the
We hope this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong
practice to help you enjoy the best possible health and