Four Reasons to Stay Awake During Your Next Massage
It’s more effective because…
1) You're conscious
In a recent training, my teacher referenced an interesting study. One group of patients who received bodywork showed far more improvement than a second group. The only variable? The first group was conscious, and the second was under anesthesia!
2) You can give feedback
For example, “That’s the spot!” Or, “just a little closer to my spine.” Or, “That seems to radiate up into my right eye.” Or, “A little deeper/lighter, please.” Most massage therapists are intuitive and attentive; I don’t know any mind-readers.
3) You expand the toolbox
Some techniques require (or are much more effective) with client participation, whether it’s mindful breathing, active movement, or muscle contraction.
4) You can see progress
Testing out how your arm moves or how your calves feel after a series of techniques can clarify whether the work is working (or not).