This was something pointed out to me by a friend recently and it gave me food for thought. At first, I was quick to dismiss the idea because I had a full body massage the week before.
The intention of a massage is to relax your body and reduce stress or tension. So how can something else be more relaxing? Nevertheless I found myself thinking about it as I booked my next session.
Sure, it has all the hallmarks of relaxation, the calming sounds of a Himalayan forest, the perfect temperature and the scent of fragrant oils, but am I truly relaxed during a massage?
Reasons I might not be relaxed
- I struggle to get comfortable or even breathe correctly - something that should come naturally to me as a living human adult
- I often don't want to readjust my arm incase it insults the masseuse, as if she will interpret my discomfort as a direct attack on her talent
- I eat a light breakfast and force myself to go to the toilet before so that I'm not bloated or worse, accidentally fart. If you're a fellow IBS sufferer, you know what I'm talking about!
- As for making sound when something feels pleasurable, I focus myself not to in a vain attempt to avoid potential embarrassment or awkwardness.
I'm so British!