Three quick but basic tips:
Communicate – Breath – Hydrate
In general, massage like going to the gym:
While its not always active or a “workout”, but it can be. How much it is depends on the goals you have laid out. Here are some ways they are similar…
- They are both best done regularly.
- They complement but do not replace each other
- help tone muscles
- keep muscles and other tissues healthy
- If you really work a muscle it may be sore the next day. It usually feels good, but drinking plenty of water, eating healthy, and when necessary, using an ice pack can help.
- Warm up, work out, and cool down. Just like the gym, we warm up the tissues, work deeper, and finish by cooling down or gently working each area.
- Just like when you work out, you will want to breath to help the muscle respond to the massage. Breath is especially important with deeper strokes, and when working a tight spot, trigger point, or similar area of issue.