Here a few tips that will help you get the most out of your session, whether you have been getting bodywork for a long time, or it’s your first. Hold these suggestions gently, as they are not hard and fast rules. Just suggestions that might come in handy. The last thing needed is to be worried about being ‘good’ or ‘right’ at receiving.
When your therapist goes to move your limb… it’s okay to let go, to let limp. Heavy, heavy. We gotcha. We know, it is hard not to be helpful. But giving over this control keeps the muscles unengaged and releasing tension continually throughout the session, and allow you to go deeper into relaxation. This also can be especially hard for ‘doers’. What a great opportunity let go, and just BE. Let someone else give to you, and you just receive. It is always about balancing the two sides. That is why we are here. To help you reach that golden mean. That equilibrium. The only trick? Try to be kind to yourself if you can’t. It is a process. You are here to relax, so be gentle with yourself.
Please, you don’t need to hold it. Try to remember to go before you go into your massage. But if you get the urge during the session, it’s better ask to be excused. It is well worth it to pause. It is hard to let go and relax when you gotta go, right? Also, if you think that drinking a gallon of water before a massage is going to give you some amazing detox, sorry my friend, but it just ain’t true. In fact it’s might be stressing your kidneys. And that’s no bueno.
Do you have a question? Are you too hot, too cold, need a slight shift or adjustment to be made? Too much pressure, not enough? Hate the music? Want silence? Want to share something on your mind? Thirsty during the session? Anything! This is your time. You can ask for what you need. I will do my best to support you in whatever way that I can. It is my hope that you will feel safe and comfortable in this space, and get what you need.
This follows up with #3, but if you have any questions following your appointment… perhaps you would like a recommendation of a good naturopath, or you have been noticing a change in your body since the session and you would like some feedback, please don’t hesitate to fill me in. I am happy to be an ally in your wellbeing, and love sharing resources.