What is the best time to receive a massage?

As I get more busy (thank you everyone!), I realize that many of my clients want to book a massage in the evening. While this does make some sense for people who work regular office hours (though who would expect their dentist to see them after 7pm?), one does not need to receive a massage at the end of the day to fully enjoy the many benefits of a nice relaxing treatment.

Many people in our culture still associate relaxation with sleep, lack of productivity, and even laziness (who has never felt guilty about taking a nice long break in the middle of the day.?) But all of us, both the person receiving a massage and those around him, benefit from a relaxed state in the middle of the day. Being relaxed doesn’t equate being lethargic.

We tend to get so focused on deadlines and to-do lists that we loose track of broader questions, such as how much quality time do we spend with family and friends, or how much time do we spend doing the things we really love, how much do we really take care of our bodies. Receiving a massage allows us take a step back from day to day preoccupations, and leaves room for us to look at these questions from a clearer, more serene perspective. And everyone can benefit from this kind of attitude.

Likewise, someone might be reticent to book a massage before an important meeting. While one would definitely leave some time in between (for example, receive the massage in the morning, then have lunch), receiving a massage can help alleviate nervousness and tension and help the client be more present and focused.

Additionally, many of my clients report feeling very inspired and creative after receiving a massage. leaving room for new ideas and insights. I remember being at a client’s home for a massage for herself and her daughter. I worked on her daughter first and while I worked on the mother, I was amazed to witness the daughter sit at the kitchen counter and enthusiastically write in her journal during the entire time of her mom’s massage. Wouldn’t you want to book your massage early in the day to enjoy a state of inspiration and clarity for a large part of the rest of the day?

As far as the physical benefits of massage, the body is able to receive them and integrate them at any time of day. You would definitely not want to exert yourself too strongly after a massage, but a nice walk or a gentle yoga class are nice complements to your experience.

I believe there is no “right time”, or “perfect time” to receive a massage. Anytime is a good time, and if some adjustments need to be made to make the experience more fulfilling (such as having a lighter schedule that day), all the better.

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