“Because we idealize Giving so much, we ignore the ability, blessing, and duty to Receive.” ~ Ashlecka Aumrivani
Do you know how to best receive your massage? What If I told you that by doing a few key things you could get the absolute most out of your time on the massage table? Below are five ways that you can do just that! Try them during your next session and let us know if it makes a difference for your next session.
5. Turn your cell phone off! While we are not distracted by a call or text message coming through; that one little ping or sound of vibration can pull you right out of your relaxed state. You might not realize it but no matter how relaxed you are, when you hear that sound instead of focusing on you, you begin to focus on who that might be and why they might want. Instead wait until you are in the reception area to turn your phone back on.
4. Gratitude! Make sure you take some time for this! It's a big one. Giving yourself thanks for taking time out to take care of yourself is a big deal. It's also important to take some time to notice and be thankful for all of our body parts that are feeling good. Are your neck and shoulders killing you but you waked for hours yesterday and your feet still feel great? Take some time to notice that. Our whole body needs love and attention. Give it some!
3. Give yourself permission to let go. Whether are dealing with physical pain and discomfort or stress and anxiety give yourself a chance to let go and recharge. No matter what might be happening in your life there is absolutely nothing you can do about it during the 60 or 90 minutes you are in the studio. So give yourself pause, and take advantage of that time to really connect deeply with yourself. Allow yourself to release any of the thoughts, fears, or pains that you are struggling with. Sometimes taking a moment to really give yourself permission can make a huge difference.
2. Connect with yourself. Come on down into your body. Notice how your muscles feel beneath your therapist's hands, pay attention to the support of the table, and temperature of the room. Take deep breaths anytime your mind begins to wander and feel the air expand in your lungs.
1. Speak up! Yes! We really want to know if you are not comfortable. So if the temperature is not right, the pressure isn't enough or you can't stand the scent of the oil you just chose, let us know. We will do absolutely everything we can to adjust and make you comfortable so that you can get the most from your time at the studio. After your session don't be afraid to let us know if something didn't work right for you. We will make a note of it and make sure to follow a better plan next time.
Make sure to book your next session before you leave! Make your self-care a priority by getting on the schedule before you forget to book yourself in. It will be on less thing you have to put on your to do list, and coming in before you feel uncomfortable can really help us to prevent some pain and stress. Many clients also love knowing that they have a massage coming up while they get through a stressful day.
Stephanie Cavoli is a licensed massage therapist and owner of Sanctuary Massage. She specializes in helping people with Fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders live happier, more comfortable, pain free lives.