Disconnect: Please quiet any mobile devices. Remove any jewelry that might get in the way.
Keep breathing: While receiving a massage, focus your mind as fully as possible on your breathing to bring your awareness back to your body. Letting out a few sighs, groans here and there if you feel like it is just fine.
Stay loose: If you’re not engaging your mind to relax your own muscles, you’re missing many of the massage’s benefits and effects.
Let go: For the love of massage - Please don’t help your therapist give you a massage! It's really not helpful at all and that's not what you're paying them for afterall, right? Try your best not to anticipate every movement. Allow your limbs to be positioned as needed, allow the therapist to drape and tuck the sheets around your body as they deem necessary. They've done this before and don't need you to move yourself around to accomodate the tucking and draping...Your job is not to be a good helper here, just lying there like a noodle is really the best thing you can do and of the most help to your therapist.
Stop thinking, start being: When you’re getting a massage, don’t think about what you should have done or plan to do. A massage is time to be here now.
No pain, no gain? No way! Although certain muscle knots and patterns of tension do respond well to firm, well-focused pressure, you don’t necessarily need to experience it for yourself. Harder massage isn’t always better massage; sometimes the lightest touch can achieve the most profound benefits.
Listen to your emotions: If you encounter an emotional peak during a massage, relax, breathe, and allow it to happen.
Blissing out is okay: Sometimes massage makes you feel more than great; it makes you feel ecstatic, rapturous, and filled with bliss. Go with that feeling.
You’re the boss: You have complete authority to change anything that may be making you uncomfortable during a massage.
Be grateful: During the massage itself, spend some time being grateful for what you’re experiencing in the moment.
It's your time, and what you choose to receive from it is ultimately up to you. Make the most of this mini escape from the ordinary!
Massage for Dummies