How to get the most out of your massage by Jared Chrudimsky, LMT.

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To your health, Dr. Pelto

How to get the most out of your massage:

One key to reaping the maximum benefit from your massage is relaxation.

A state of relaxation or even slight euphoria will most likely occur
during the massage, but it is much more easier to attain if you are at
a relaxed starting point.
Try not to rush to your appointment.  Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early,
then sit and spend a few minutes getting yourself in the right state
of mind.
Envision what you want to get out of your massage.
Is it pain relief?  Where?  Headaches?  Muscle pain?  Numbness?  Tightness?
Is it relaxation?  Life stressing you out and you just want to take an
hour off to let your mind drift and feel pampered?

Whatever your goal, make that the focus of your thoughts and relay
that information to your therapist before the session.

Try to avoid eating much a couple hours before your massage.  Eating
too close to a massage may result in an upset stomach or a full or
bloated feeling.
The same applies for beverages.  Consider that you probably won't want
to have to tinkle in the middle of the massage :)
If you do need to drink something, avoid coffee or soda or alcohol.
Anything that will make you jittery will be a detriment to the
therapeutic affects of massage, while alcohol can serve to dull the
senses and thin the blood resulting in potential bruising.

If you have the opportunity, take a warm shower or a bath, have a
steam, or spend a little time in a hot tub before your session.
This will help loosen muscles and allow the massage therapist to work
deeper in the muscle tissues, bringing about more dramatic change.

It is important to realize that after your massage your body will
release toxins. Therapeutic massages help break up scar tissue and
knots and in return, many toxins and waste are released into the
lymphatic system and blood stream. Therefore, it is very important
that you drink plenty of fluids after the massage to help the body
remove these toxins. Fresh fruit and vegetable juice along with water
will help keep the body hydrated as well as replenish important
vitamins and minerals.

Finally, be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has
its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage
are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you
will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one
session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of
stress in the body are affected and released. If you're getting
massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft
tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed (AMTA).

If all of these suggestions are not followed, it does not mean your
massage will not be an enjoyable, therapeutic experience.  They are
just a guideline to help you get the most out of your massage.

Please check out my website or call me if you have any questions or
would like to schedule an appointment. 

Jared Chrudimsky  LMT NCBTMB