Massage is definitely one of the best things you can do for you and your body. It reduces stress, boosts your immunity, relieves pain, and so much more. You may want to know how you are to find a qualified practitioner in your area that will fit you and your needs. You should approach this just as similar as you would in finding your Primary Care Physician. If you want to locate someone who offers a “basic massage”, then you want someone who practices Swedish Massage. You are looking for more specific areas to be treated by finger pressure, you are looking for someone who practices Shiatsu or acupressure massage. If energy related work is more your style, then you want Reiki work, or if you are looking to have a therapist assess/treat soft tissue issues, and chronic pain you are looking for a therapist providing Neuromuscular Massage. You can go to this site and once you place in your zip code, press the find button, a list of available therapists in your area will generate; to include what massage styles they offer, and their contact information.
Once you find the right therapist for you and your needs, you will want to make sure on the day of the appointment you take care to do the following, so you get the most out of the massage. First off, do not eat right before the massage, you want to give your body time to have digested before getting on the massage table. Secondly, do not rush to get to the appointment either, as then you will be wound up into a frenzied state and take longer to relax. Once there you will want to communicate with your therapist. What are your expectations? What areas are tight or providing pain to you today that you maybe would like resolved? Also if you have sensitive skin, or a sensitive nose for aromas, eczema, or psoriasis, communicate this with your therapist; as most have a variety of products for the clients needs, or if you prefer you can also bring your own lotion or oil for the therapist to use, they will not mind.
While on the table, do breathe normally, as some people tend to want to hold their breath possibly due to feeling anxious, or possibly due to a sensitive area of the body being massaged; if the pressure seems too much in general, or on a specific area let the therapist know, they will adjust the pressure (General rule of thumb is on a scale of 1-10 pressure should never be higher than an 8). Relax your muscles, to contract or tighten them is counterproductive in a massage, so you will need to relax your mind, follow the hands of the therapist, feel the rhythm, listen to the music, let your mind wander, and in doing so let go and sink into the massage experience.
A few key points, after the massage, once the massage therapist leaves the room to let you dress in private, take your time getting up from the table, take a moment to feel the quiet, letting your body acclimate and absorb everything from the massage. If you get up too quickly you may end up feeling dizzy (lightheaded). You will want to drink plenty of water after the massage to help flush out the released toxins from your system. Also you may want to schedule your next appointment while there. If there is a chronic issue you need resolved, those issues can take a couple of visits to find a resolution.