Edited by Scott Solkoff, Lisa Brooks, Flickety, Sondra C and 15 others
Learning to give a massage is a noble pursuit but people rarely consider
the art of receiving massage. This article seeks to open that door.
This article assumes you have already chosen a gifted massage therapist
and have learned never to let him or her go.
Remove your clothes and wear whatever makes you comfortable.
There will be a sheet covering your body. The therapist only pulls away
the part of the sheet of the part of the body they are massaging. Be
suspicious if they want to force you to strip.
Before the massage, a hot sauna or shower, if possible is nice.
Hot water, especially steam, tends to loosen up the muscles and prepares the skin.
3Lie on the table, and be aware of your breathing. Do two or three deep breaths and exhalations when you lie down. These should be slow in and a little faster on the exhale.
4Try not to talk for most of the massage.
Silence is another gift which can have an immeasurable impact on your
peacefulness. When the therapist is pushing down on muscle, let the air
out of your lungs in time with the pressure. Breathe in as the therapist
pulls back his or her pressure.
5As the therapist moves the sheet to work on a part of your body, don't move for them or hold limbs up as they secure the sheet. A properly trained therapist will not need your help and the tension inhibits your relaxation.
6Think of your massage not just as one artist doing his or her job but two artists - you and the therapist - working together.
A dance. Be involved and aware of the touch and pressure. Do your part
to breathe into and out of the massage. Once you know your therapist,
the two of you can develop an intuitive and autonomic partnership of
your muscles almost rising to meet the pressure and your therapist's
hands and arms knowing exactly when to push, press, rub or tap.