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I'm not one to splurge on myself.
Sure I'll stop at Steak and Shake and treat myself with a delicious mint cookies and cream shake every now and again or buy myself a piece of unique jewelry at a thrift store that's blatantly calling my name when looking for vintage inventory but splurging on pampering myself is something completely different.
Maybe it would be different if I was able to work a steady job and have a reliable source of income coming in each week but as of right now I just can't justify spending money on getting my nails done or hair professionally dyed at a salon.
Massages on the other hand are my weakness and I would happily shell out the cold hard cash on a good one weekly if I had it to spend!
I've been to several massage therapists in my day and have experienced a few different types of massages for health and relaxation reasons. A good massage, regardless of whether it's for health or relaxation, can leave me a blissfully blurry-eyed drooling mass.
It's truly an amazing feeling and I want to share that amazingness with all of you! Here are my personal top 5 tips on where to start and what to remember when looking for and receiving a massage.
1. The many faces of massage. Just like there are hundreds of different treatments and therapies out there, there are many different types of massages. I've tried several inclusive of Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, reflexology, and Reiki. If you're not sure which one you prefer go ahead and give them all a try! If you're like me and have limited funds though you might want to do your research and find out what type of massage is best for you, your body, and it's particular needs before seeking out a massage therapist.
2. You gotta jive. Just like an emotional therapist or a physical therapist, you need to jive with your massage therapist. If you're not comfortable with the person who will be putting their hands on you it defeats the whole purpose of getting the massage in the first place. Listen to your gut when speaking with a potential therapist; getting a good feeling? Give that person a try! Not such a good feeling? Politely say thank you and walk away. Same goes for after the initial first massage; did you really enjoy the process or did it leave you lacking that relaxing, bleary-eyed feeling?
3. Speak up. This is not just a one way street where the massage therapist automatically knows why you're there and miraculously gives you what you want. Let them know! What is it that you want from this massage? Are you there for health reasons or just for relaxation? Does a specific body part need more attention than the others or should they steer clear from something in particular? Are you more of a deep tissue kinda guy or gal or is a light touch where it's at? Don't forget that you can (and should) converse with them before, during, and after the massage; you're paying good money and taking time out of your day, you should be getting the most benefit out of the experience.
4. Know your limits. If you're like me and get massages mostly for health related reasons, you have to know your body and its limitations (something I still struggle with nearly 13 years later). Having a bad day? It might not be the best to get that deep tissue like you planned so tell your therapist to go light this time. Stressed out? tell your therapist prior to the starting and let them take care of it. Whether you're chronically ill or not, just listen to what your body is telling you that day and go from there.
5. Water, water, and, oh yea, more water. Regardless of if you're like me and love it when your massage therapist digs in deep (it just hurts so good) or whether you just like a light, soothing touch, after your massage is done water is key. We live in a toxic society and that sadly effects our bodies. Massages stir up all the toxic iciness that resides within us and it can give us a sick feeling; aches, pain flair ups, headaches, sore throats, etc. It's up to you and that water you're pushing to help flush out those stirred up toxins and evacuate them from the body!
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Have YOU ever gotten a massage? If not, what type of pampering do you prefer?