You probably schedule a massage for one of two reasons; either you’re in pain or you’re stressed out and want to relax. But what if you’re in pain AND stressed out? Would you get two massages or resign yourself to only getting one of your issues addressed? Have you ever considered getting one massage to address both issues? Contrary to popular belief, you can have pain relief and relaxation, simultaneously, in the same session.
The secret is to begin the massage with the scalp and face (sans oil, of course). Now, I’m not talking about the massage therapist rubbing your hair around, possibly tangling it into tight little knots. (I’ve had that experience and it is NOT relaxing.) I’m talking about the kind of scalp massage you get at a good salon where they actually get underneath your hair and massage the muscles on your head. I don’t know about you, but I practically fall asleep when my stylist does this. It’s so relaxing, that I often semi-jokingly refer to it as a brain massage.
What if every massage you received began this way? In just a couple of minutes you’d begin to feel deeply relaxed. Your massage therapist wouldn’t have to work as hard, which means s/he will be around as a massage therapist for many more years, and you won’t have to look for a new one. (Many therapists end up quitting the profession because they over-worked their bodies.) AND… with you in a relaxed state, s/he will be able to work the knots out of your muscles a lot quicker and easier, which will leave you with less post-massage soreness the next day. It’s a case where everybody wins!
So, the next time you go for a massage, make sure you ask your therapist to start with your scalp. You’ll be glad you did.
I love to hear from you. What has your experience been in combining relaxation with therapy in a massage?
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