Some useful questions you may want to ask before going to a massage:
* Is this type of bodywork done fully clothed?
* How much does it cost?
* How long are appointments?
* Are you willing to do this work at my house?
* Do you have a waiting room?
* Is this a non-sexual type of massage?
* Is this a gentle massage?
* What is your cancellation policy?
* Do you use scented oil? What type of oil do you use? (Note: some massage such as Feldenkrais do NOT use oil.)
* Different types of oils can really affect a massage. If you have sensitivities to smells, be sure to ask for unscented oils or oils that agree with you. Some oils have herbs (lavendar is very common for relaxation). Others are said to have healing properties such as Emu oil. Depending on what works on you, you may request specific types of oils or bring your own.
Tips for during the massage:
* If the massage is too light or too hard, ask to have the pressure changed. Some massages are only light (Rosen, Feldenkrais, etc.) but asking is appropriate.
* If you are uncomfortable (need heat turned up, less blankets, light moved), say something.
* Tell the practitioner where you hurt. This way the massage can focus on where you need it most.
* Spending time during the massage being grateful can help one make huge changes.
* Often breathing deeply can help you get the most out of a massage. Breathe into every cell of your body.
* Combining either aromatherapy or flower essences can facilitate even more change if so desired.
* If possible, rest or take a walk after a massage to allow some time to adjust to your new relaxed state.
* Drink lots of water. This helps the body release toxins that you were able to release during the massage.
* Plan to take the first 20 minutes after a massage lightly. For example, go on a short walk or sit quietly. This allows the massage to settle into the body.
* After many massages, a nice warm bath is very refreshing. (Note: after pranic healing this is NOT recommended.)