If it is your first time getting a massage, you may feel a little apprehensive or nervous about what to do, or what is going to happen. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your first massage experience. Leave early enough from your starting location that you are not in a rush to get to your appointment. This will allow you to take a few minutes for yourself to begin the relaxation process before your massage even starts. If you are running behind schedule, call ahead and let the receptionist know so you don’t lose your appointment. The receptionist may also be able to push your appointment to a later time so you can have a little extra time to get there. Once you arrive, if you have any questions about the style of massage that you are receiving, ask the receptionist. She will be happy to help you out. This is to make sure that you are getting the style of massage that you actually need, to take care of the areas that need relief. If there are any injuries or specific areas that you would like to focus on, let the receptionist know so she can inform the therapist for you. This step helps to remove any stress or anticipation when the therapist comes into the room, allowing you to simply lay there and relax. Once you are in your room (if you are doing a massage in a private room), undress to comfort level. If you aren’t ready to be massaged while fully nude, that is perfectly fine, you can keep your underwear on. If you are really uncomfortable with any level of nudity, it is best to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes for the therapists to work over. Keep in mind, wearing clothes may affect some of the techniques of the massage. Most importantly, you need to relax. One of the major reasons people get a massage is to relax, however, to get the most of the massage, you should go in wanting to be relaxed. This includes mind and body relaxation. Tensing up muscles during the massage is counterproductive and will prevent you from getting the benefits of the work being done. Remember to breathe during your massage to help your muscles stay relaxed. If your mind is racing, focus on your breathing or on the therapists’ hands massaging you. You will get the most of the benefits massage offers through multiple sessions. It takes time to fully release the knots and tension in your muscles. Trying different styles of massage is also a great way to figure out what techniques work best for your body. The goal of a massage is to feel at peace in mind and body, and by following this advice; you can walk out of your massage feeling like a whole new person.