There are a few self care practices that someone can do before a massage to boost the therapeutic benefits of massage and help you and your body for pain, tension and stress relief.
Each massage therapist can be different in what they encourage their clients to do before a massage depending on the type of massage they are receiving.
There are some general self care practices that a person can do to prepare their body/mind before a massage to aid themselves during the massage and to also aid their massage therapist as well. It's a win win situation.
Tips To Help Yourself Get The Most From Your Massage:
- Be well hydrated but don't drink a ton of water right before the massage. If you have an afternoon massage drink a good amount of water up to a couple of hours before the massage. If you have a morning massage be well hydrated the day before. Both of these allow time for your body to hydrate the muscles which helps them be more mobile and relaxed. (in general, just stay hydrated). Lots of water right before a massage can result in having to urinate during the massage which can interrupt your ability to relax.
- Do not eat a heavy meal right before a massage. If you eat a heavy meal before massage then you might not be able to relax as much during your massage as your body is using energy to digest the heavy meal.
- Magnesium! Invest in it and take it. Magnesium is a natural mineral for helping muscles relax. If your muscles have natural relaxing from magnesium, it helps your muscles let go easier during a massage and also helps your massage therapist not have to work as hard to get your muscles to relax. Being depleted of magnesium makes your muscles tense and tight. Magnesium does over 300 biochemical processes in the body!
- Stretching. Conscious meditative stretching is similar to the benefits of magnesium. Meditative stretching helps you train your nervous system and muscles to relax. Doing this before a massage can help your body let go and relax more during your session.
- Meditation, grounding. It doesn't take a ton of time to meditate and ground yourself before a massage. 3-5 minutes of sitting still and letting your worries, fears and stressors go so you can feel into your body and help it relax before the massage.
- Listen to your body. You can help your massage and massage therapist if you take some time to sit and listen to what your body is telling you. This is listening beyond "I hurt" but more of a letting your body intuitively tell you what it needs. Many massage therapists are great at intuitively reading their clients bodies and providing the massage for those needs. Yet having your own deep relationship with your body can enhance the massage because you are working synergistically with the massage therapist and sometimes more can get done.
- Open mind. Do you feel like you have an open mind? The mind and body are one. So having a closed contracted mind, can create that muscular and energetic contracting in your body. Is it easy for you to open your mind? Being able to open your mind to life, thus opens your body to life and helps your muscles with tension and pain relief as well.
- Subconscious mind journey. Your subconscious mind is what runs your body 95% of the time. When you have stress and tension in your body, it could be from stress and tension in your subconscious mind. There are subconscious mind therapies that can help relieve stress and tension in your subconscious mind and thus your body. I offer one called PSYCH-K. It is fast and effective at relieving stress and tension in your subconscious mind which can and do enhance the therapeutic benefits of a massage.
There are many reasons why a person is stressed and why muscles are tight, sore and in pain. People can sometimes think all their tightness, soreness and pain and stress will go away in one massage. Sometimes it does. Yet, sometimes the body requires more than one massage to get to the root of the problem and even requires some detective work to figure if other holistic therapies or massage modalities are needed to help with pain relief, stress reduction and even holistic healing.
The above tips can help you prepare your body/mind to receive the massage in a more integrated way. They can aid you in receiving the massage for allowing yourself some needed inner retreat time during the massage.