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10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Massage

March 9th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney


The Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn offers a variety of massage services at our newly remodeled spa located on our beautiful Hill Country property. Listed below are some tips on how the most out of your massage.

Ten Tips to Get the Most from Your Massage

1. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.

2. Don’t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.

3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.

4. Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.

5. Communicate with your massage therapist.

• Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.

• Allergies to Oils, Lotions, and Creams – The therapist may use oil, lotion or creams to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or creams, tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.

• During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.

• Give feedback to the massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.

• Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to help you feel at ease.

6. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.

7. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique they use and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.

8. Drink extra water after your massage.

9. Don’t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session.

10. 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.

Our new day spa, situated just outside of downtown Wimberley, provides a comfortable and relaxing setting in which we offer massages and facial for you to enjoy. We now have the facilities to accommodate couples massages which are perfect for rejuvenating the bond between you and your loved one or a girl’s spa day. Spa services are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling Blair House Inn.