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I have watched some health conscious people on youtube who recommended that you do massage to work out the tension that you have built up over time. They said that this would help with athletic performance, and that it might take progressive sessions to work.
I have gone for a massage on occasion with my mother previously, just for a treat, but today I had a massage therapist who explained that it is the case that it takes several sessions to work out the built up tension in the muscles.
I am so glad that I went and got that massage. I feel so much more relaxed, and I think I am going to go back.
At any rate, these are my suggestions:
1. Tell the massage therapist what areas you would like them to work on and what areas you wouldn't like worked on before they start.
2. Focus on yourself. You can bring a friend, but don't plan anything super stressful for right after your massage, and be selfish with your time because it's all about you, for real, really and you should respect yourself enough to do that for yourself.
3. Go for the earliest appointment for better service.
4. Look for coupons, especially right before Christmas if you go right before Christmas, and at health fairs.
5. When looking for a place to get a massage, ask if they have organic massage lotions.
6. Look at the massage packages, and divide them to standardize for how much one hour costs, to see which massages are cheapest.
What are your suggestions?
Very interesting thread indeed... I am a Florida licensed, national certified LMT and clinic/spa owner. I'm inclined to start with my recommendations, but first, I'd like to respectfully chime in on some comments already made, as I think it is very important not to confuse people who may be new to massage and bodywork. We all see things through different colored glasses. Forgive me for critiquing some of the recommendations, but please take it as a thumbs up to most of the rest of the comments and not as any type of an attack, just my opinion :).
I have no doubt that many places that have cheap massages don't deliver good service. In my case, the massage service was in part paid for by the university, and so I actually got a really good quality massage for half the price of the massage I got elsewhere.
I want to add that I am not willing to get a top quality massage because I already spend 5% of my meager earnings on massage. If I had a nice starting salary and wasn't still dependent on my parents, I would be happy to go to the person who does the best quality work.