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How to Receive a Massage

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 uncomfortable.

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 the massage.

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 massage.

We hope this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong practice to help you enjoy the best possible health and relaxation.