This may seem obvious to some, but, for other’s it’s not, so I have to say it.
You will get a lot more out of your massage if you relax and let go.
This is an irrefutable fact. No arguments. No questions. This is just the way it is. Period!
With this in mind, here are some tips to help you do just that. Hopefully your therapist has taken care of creating a nice, warm, relaxing environment for you and is skilled at helping you to relax. Now it’s time to do your bit. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult, but it will help you to massively increase the benefits of your massage.
My 3 Top Tips
1. Silence is golden – Treasure the time you have put aside for yourself here by using it as much needed quiet time. Have the intention that this will be your time to relax completely and let your body and mind rejuvenate and repair. Needless to say, do speak to the therapist if you need to. Oh and close your eyes! It’s about a million times easier to relax with your eyes closed. If you don’t feel you trust your therapist enough to close your eyes, look into finding one that you do trust.
2. Breathe deep and full – One of the easiest and best ways to help you relax is to breathe deep, slow and full. Gently focus on your breath, breathing slowly and deeply into the abdominal cavity before exhaling fully, slightly contracting the abdomen. As well as helping you to relax, this will ensure that more lovely nutrients in the form of Oxygen, will be delivered to your tissues.
3. Visualise – A simple visualisation can be used with the breath to help you let go. As you are breathing in, visualise / feel the breath going into the place your therapist is working on, going deep into any places of tension. With your out breath, visualise / feel the tensions in that area letting go and feel the muscles relax further.
Using these three simple steps will help you to make the most of your massage and feel amazing. Enjoy! Do try this next time you have a massage and let me know how it goes.