Massage is not just a matter of plonking yourself on a table and then keeping your eye on the time to make sure you get your full 60 minutes worth .... there's a LOT more to it than that !

How to receive a massage

  • Have the 'Grrrr' technique down pat, that is Genuinely relax, relax, relax, relax
  • Tell me about the areas of your body which are injured, tense or sore
  • Mention any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, chronic headaches, pregnancy, varicose veins, or recent surgery
  • Close your eves and allow yourself to completely relax. Focus your attention on your breathing, which will become slow, even and deep as you relax
  • Don’t be shy about giving your therapist feedback. Do you want more pressure, less pressure, more on your back or legs?
  • This is your mini holiday so get your money’s worth
  • When my hands locate areas of pain or tension in your body, consciously try to relax those areas. As you inhale deeply, visualise your breath flowing to those tense areas and relaxing it. As you fully exhale, visualise the tension leaving your body with your breath.
  • Don't eat a heavy meal before your massage

Body massage in general uses the basic strokes of Swedish massage with emphasis on relaxing the client psychologically and emotionally as well as physically. The focus on relaxation applies to the practioner as well, so that the experience has a calming and medative quality for both people concerned. This could explain why at times when someone wants a very soft, relaxation style massage I almost fall asleep as well only to be jolted awake by that 'falling' sensation as my knees buckle and my eyes opening to see the clients butt coming toward me rather suddenly ... not a good sensation and I'm sure the client wouldn't be to impressed either !!!

While the strokes and techniques remain important to the treatment, the caring and loving quality of touch is fundamental to the holistic principle of massage.

Relax !

A lot of the time I find myself saying to people that they need to relax more during a massage or it will be the client that will admit at the end of they find it hard to relax during a massage. That would also explain why I nearly had to knee drop on their butt for them to relax those muscles !

There are many suggestions how to relax before a massage, having a spa, soaking in a hot tub, listen to relaxation music on the way to the massage, kinda if you are stuck in peak hour traffic I must admit. The best way that I've found is to talk to people about their breathing technique. I'll use a relaxing breathing pattern along with gently "soothing" them into a relaxed state at the beginning of the massage. Try and imagine that you are in a 'special place', somewhere that you find you relax be it laying on the beach, in a paddock staring up at the stars, wherever you feel most relaxed will help. The hot shower, spa, tub or sauna will help loosen up your muscles before a massage but if your mind doesn't relax then neither will you. Close your eyes !!!!! How many times i've told people to close their eyes during a massage, women are great at this but at times I've had clients whose eyes are so wide open they look like the scared bunnies that you see at night on the road staring into your headlights ! (and yes, I do swerve and miss them !) Besides WHAT is there to stare at when you have your eyes open ? Perving on me will get rather boring after a few minutes, It's NOT a stage show and I'm not an actor, close your eye, relax and go to a nice warm fuzzy place.

Deep and easy breathing assists in bringing oxygen to the cells of your body and allows tense muscles to open and relax. Full and easy breathing will allow you to be more present and attentive in your massage. Breathe in through your nose slowly and deeply and then exhale again, slowly through your mouth trying to expel every last puff of air. I know this is hard sometimes especially when I've got a lot of pressure on you but it is important to try and breathe deeply rather than short shallow breaths. If I can hear and feel your breathing patterns then I can synchronise my breathing with yours which will deepen the effects of the massage and create the flow of energy.

Some clients have taken months to learn how to relax and have full trust. I say trust here because some people have never had another person massage them other than their partners or they've never had a massage before and are nervous about the whole experience. Also a lot of men have never had another man touch them in a way that they think is a very personal way and will be quite apprehensive about it and therefore be tense during the massage. Another reason is when I'm lifting your head or leg and then setting it down again you will try and control that rate of decline rather than letting me gently ease it down to the bed. You are going to trust me and that I'm not going to just drop it .... unless you are annoying me by trying to go for that 'grope' again.

If you want to talk during your massage then that is perfectly fine as massage is also about the psychological aspects of relaxation too. Feel free to ask me questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving. After all it is YOUR time out and I want you to enjoy the whole relaxing experience.



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