therapist of any medical or physical conditions that might be contraindications to massage. If in doubt,
mention your condition. If you are feeling ill today, do not get a massage.
· Intent. Massage helps quiet the mind. Spiritual,
and even mystical experiences can be evoked. For this reason I suggest that you set an intention for a
quiet massage. Allow the thoughts and cares of everyday life to drop away for this short time and open to whatever experience
might arise. Feel free to say you prefer to be quiet. I will assist by not initiating a lot of conversation.
Silence helps keep your massage session sacred. But always feel free to give feedback and ask questions.
and regularly. Allow your body to relax completely, even when the therapist picks up or moves a limb or encounters a painful
area. As areas of tension or pain are located, inhale deeply and relax into the discomfort.
Try not to tense up in reaction. If it's so uncomfortable you can't help but tense up, it's too deep! Time
to let the therapist know.
· Emotion. Sometimes during massage emotions surface. It
is of great benefit to honor and release them. Let yourself cry and make sounds (while avoiding verbal
dialogue.) Your therapist is comfortable with emotional release and your privacy is assured.
Drink at least
2 quarts of water (past the point of thirst) during the day after your session. If your session is in late
afternoon or evening, drink what you can and consume the rest the following day. Dehydration is a state
of tension, not relaxation, and all bodily processes take place in a fluid environment. You want to support OPTIMIZED functioning
after bodywork, including the normal flushing of wastes and toxins from body tissues. Good hydration will assist the healthy
and relaxed state of your muscles.
· Nurture. To help alleviate post-massage soreness, soak in a hot bath
with Epsom salts and/or sea salt and your favorite essential oil. Moist heat for tension and ice packs
for injury are also beneficial.
· Mini-Fast. You'll probably feel more comfortable if you don't
eat for about two hours before your session.
· Bare. Remove any jewelry (necklaces, chains, rings, bracelets, watches)
that could interfere with having a smooth massage.
· Ask for what you need. If you're concerned about getting
oil on your hair or damage to your make-up, or anything else, inform your therapist. It's possible
to disturb these only a little during massage. But try to schedule your session when you can be "messed
up" so you don't miss out on scalp and facial massage!