A good massage is the part of every vacation to a beach, a business stays at a resort or the post-relax down of a marathon. A good massage is also a part of my weekly routine – it helps me to recharge and achieve more every next week. I try to do a massage every weekend, even if my budget is a bit tight. In this case, I always look up for the discounts and offers, for example, on Groupon.
Of course, a skilled therapist can make weeks of stress and pain go away with the right amount of pressure at the right place. This is the prime reason why massage happens to be so addictive in nature. However, while massage is extremely relaxing and is supposed to restore your energy back to high levels, often at times people leave unsatisfied. This is because they do not take the three most important things into consideration. These include the following.
Choosing the Right Therapist
This is perhaps the most crucial of all aspects. In case you end up choosing a therapist who is not suited to your specific needs, your experience will be shortlived and you will leave unfulfilled. Similarly, choosing the right therapy is also of extreme importance. Since there are a wide number of massage therapies available, you must first consider your requirements.
For instance, a deep tissue massage is more suitable for fixing movement patterns and deep knots. At the same time, this message may not be very fulfilling in case you simply want to relax. For relaxation after a very long week of stress, a Swedish massage will do the trick for you. At the same time, Sports massage and Rolfing focuses on treating injuries both mild and chronic.
So choosing the right therapist, and the right therapy is the first way to enhance your relaxing massage experience.
Using a Relaxing Body Oil
For a massage oil, there are a number of options that are available in the market. In case you have no previous experience regarding the types of oils and their effects, consult your therapist. In general, using the right massage oil can enhance your experience up to 10 times. The most popular options for massage oils in the market include sweet almond oil, apricot oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, and a lot more. The sweet almond oil happens to be the prime preference of most people. And for me too.
I love using the L’occitane Relaxing Massage Body Oil. The main ingredient of it is a sweet almond oil complemented by essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium. The sweet almond oil is extracted from almonds and has a pale yellow texture. It carries just the right amount of lubrication and gets absorbed fast. The scent is lovely without being overpowering. The oil feels so great on your skin and absorbs in completely so you do not feel as though it is going to rub onto your bedding.
Listening to Mantras During Massage
Although it is said that the effect of mantras is the best when they are recited, listening to them can have a very calming effect on your mind and your body. That combined with a relaxing touch during a massage can significantly enhance your experience. Most therapists will be able to you guide you in this regard. Alternatively, you can also listen to some relaxing music. Most massage spas will have this facility with a collection of some of the most mind-relaxing compositions out there. Do remember that the prime purpose of listening to mantras during massage is to enhance the experience. Although in essence, mantras are not said to have full effects without recitation while meditation.