My boyfriend bought me a gift card for a massage last Christmas, and between the stress of college and finding a job, I just recently got around to getting it. I regret not going to get it done sooner, but in any case, the experience was amazing.
I’m an overworked waitress with scoliosis, so you can only imagine how badly my back hurts after just one shift, let alone a double. So I decided to finally get massaged on Wednesday morning. Physically, my muscles were eased and I felt myself beginning to fall asleep on the heated table. But psychologically, a lot of things were on my mind as Kellie, my therapist, moved her hands all over my body.
Here is my advice for your first massage, and if and when I schedule my next one, I will definitely prepare myself.
I rolled out of bed and went to my appointment without much preparation. Even though they’re probably used to it, my legs could have used a shaven beforehand. As soon as Kellie signaled that my legs were next, I had a mini, silent panic attack. I thought she was only going to work on my back! Shave your legs and armpits prior to a massage so you don’t feel embarrassed.
Even though you’ll be loaded with lotion or oil by the end of your massage, I wish I showered prior. Kellie massaged my scalp and my face, two areas that deserved cleaning. Showering before and after might sound like a bit much, but I felt a tad grungy just laying on the glowing white sheets.
3. Be happy with your body!
Kellie, a 5’2 woman with a gorgeous physique, had to massage me, a 5’6 sweat hater who hasn’t seen the inside of a gym since last summer. Yes, I have hips and stretch marks and all the perks of womanhood, but I felt a little insecure when Kellie kept massaging those areas over and over. It was like a constant reminder that I had love handles. Make sure you’re okay with a stranger touching your body in somewhat uncomfortable areas.
All in all, I loved the experience but would do a few things differently next time. I still have money left on my gift card, so I’m thinking I’ll try a facial next.