Getting the Most From Your Bodywork Session

Amelia's tips for maximizing the outcome of your session

Plan a  P E A C E F U L  day after your session. Let the rest of the day be gentle. Eat lightly before and after, allow your body to rest or move easily. No big meetings, no heavy workouts, take a nap and get to bed early.

C O M M U N I C A T E  your goals and feedback. I can give you a much better session if I know what you need and what you prefer. During the session, feedback about pressure, temperature, etc. will help me modify the treatment to best meet your needs.

Drink a lot of   W A T E R   before and after your session. To help your body flush metabolic waste, drink more than the recommended amount of water. Recommended amount is half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Weigh 140 pounds? Drink 70 ounces.

Bring your calendar so you can  S C H E D U L E  again. Let your body know it will receive more. Discuss timing with your therapist - acute or chronic issues need more frequent sessions. Good maintenance can range from 3 -8 weeks between sessions. Could you promise your body that you will give it the gift of a massage every two months?

Relax your mind and allow  S T I L L N E S S  to enter. Allow your voice and the mind to rest. Focus on your breathing and the sensations of the session. If you are finding that your mind is going a mile a minute, bring your awareness back to the sensations of the session, the warmth of the table, the pressure or touch of the bodywork. Focusing on what is happening in the moment allows the mind to quiet.

Visit   N A T U R E  for a bit. One way to enhance your stillness and peace for the day is to spend some time outside in nature. Feel your feet on the ground, the warmth of the sun on your face, perhaps the moisture of the air, or the breeze. Notice all of the sensations in your body, allow your awareness to expand, pause and breathe deeply, let yourself relax into the experience, knowing you can return to this place of peace in nature again and again.

About the Author

Amelia Mitchell, LMT is a nationally certified and state licensed massage therapist with additional certifications in Lymphedema treatment and Pre-Natal massage. Using Therapeutic Massage and Lymph Drainage Therapy as developed by Bruno Chikly MD, DO of the Upledger Institute, Amelia supports her clients as they shift to enhanced wellness. She specializes in recovery from injuries, trauma and illness. Amelia brings her warm heart and a firm trust that we are all healthy and can feel better to each session. Amelia is a practitioner and owner at Alchemy Healing Arts Center in Annapolis, Maryland.