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Because massage is not a common part of our contemporary cultural experience, many people feel uneasy about receiving their first massage. Here are a few guidelines to help you feel at ease and to gain the greatest benefit from your massage therapy session.


Tell the therapist about areas of your body which are injured, tense or sore. Also mention any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, a heart problem, chronic headaches, varicose veins or recent surgery.


Close your eyes and allow yourself to relax as completely as possible.  Focus your attention on your breathing, which should be slow, deep and even.


When the therapist's hands locate areas of pain or tension in your body, consciously try to relax those areas. As you inhale softly and deeply, visualize the breath flowing to the tense area and relaxing it. As

you fully exhale, visualize the tension leaving the body with the breath.


Conversation can be distracting to you and the therapist. However, some people may need to talk for a while to "wind down". As much as possible, allow your conversation relate to the massage.


Allow the therapist to move your limbs into various positions. Be limp, like a rag doll, and do not try to help move your arms, legs or head. Please feel free to speak up if anything the therapist does is too painful or ticklish, or uncomfortable in any way.


The best way to receive a massage is with the body completely unclothed. The therapist is sensitive to your need for privacy and will keep your body covered with a sheet, except for the area being massaged. If this arrangement is uncomfortable for you, you may wear underwear or a swimsuit.


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 massage is finished.


I hope that your massage is both enjoyable and beneficial, and that this experience will be the beginning of a lifelong practice to help you enjoy the best possible health and relaxation.




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