When Is The Best Time To Receive A Massage?
A client once asked a real estate agent, “When is the best time to buy a home?” His answer: Whenever you want to buy a home.” In some ways, the same holds true with a massage. Is there a “best” or “perfect” time to receive a massage? It just depends on you! Of course, your body will let you know when it needs attention, and when this happens, it’s always best to follow through.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, there are quite a few things to be stressed about. Many of us lead hurried lives with long ‘to do’ lists and often take care of others before ourselves. If you are feeling overwhelmed and in desperate need of a break, getting a massage can serve as a much needed mini-vacation. Indulging in an hour-long massage, where the focus is completely on you and your needs, can serve as a much needed respite from the day-to-day activities that often leave us feeling tired and over-burdened.
Have you ever opened your eyes in the morning only to feel like you have been through 12 rounds in a boxing ring? When muscle tension, headaches and stiffness results from exercise or minor accidents, it’s time to make an appointment with a massage therapist. The repetitive kneading motion of massage therapy and the pressure applied to specific muscles and joints encourage a release of chemicals that are stored in these affected areas. Specific massage treatments targeted on these problem areas can work wonders to relieve pain, especially on those days where you feel like you have been hit by a truck.
When you are suffering from pain, it is important to check in with your doctor, especially if it is a new pain you have never experienced before, or in any way out of the ordinary for you. Once you are getting the proper medical treatment, and have received permission from your physician, consider seeing a massage therapist to assist you with relieving the pain naturally. Your therapist can work with you to find the best technique that will be both beneficial and healing.
For those who wonder if there is a ‘best’ time of day to schedule a massage, again, it all depends on your needs. For many clients, a therapeutic massage is necessary at the end of a long work week. For others, a massage leaves them feeling inspired and creative, so they prefer to make an appointment at the beginning of the day. Some like to arrange a treatment prior to a light yoga class while others prefer a massage prior to travelling. Regardless, the best time for a massage is when you desire it most, and preferably before your body starts sending out distress signals!