Communication, Communication, Communication
It is so important to be in good communication with your massage therapist. Unfortunately we cannot read your mind so we need you to communicate with us. We want to hear things like what your primary concern for the session is for that day. Is it just to relax? Maybe you’ve been dealing with some neck pain and would like us to address that. Maybe you pulled some muscles in your back and want to work on your back only. We want to hear all of that so we can customize a session to meet your needs and desires.
Please let us know if you need more pressure or less, if a technique is hurtful or just feels weird, or if you’d like us to spend more time on an area. Tell us if you’re too hot or too cold. If you’re not comfortable you won’t be able to relax very well. Tell us if there are areas where you’re ticklish or do not wished to be touched. Let us know about conditions or diseases you may have and medications you’re taking. Inform us if anything has changed with your health from session to session.
Also, don’t forget to tell us what you like about your session so we can make sure to include those elements in your next session. We love to be able to give you the most pleasurable experience with us.
Please come to your session on time. If you are running late, please be courteous enough to call and let your therapist know. If you’re late it will cut into your massage time and who really wants their session shortened? As therapists we rarely have the luxury to just move your session time back and still give you a full session, as we usually will have another client after you and we don’t want to keep another client waiting because you were late.
Have an Open Mind
There may be times when your massage therapist works on an area or areas in which you’re might not be completely comfortable. Definitely communicate with your therapist if you’re truly uncomfortable, but try and stretch yourself a bit. Many of my clients do not care for their abdomen or buttocks to be massaged. I find this such a travesty, as I think both areas not only deserve to be touched (as they are large muscled areas and affect many other areas), but feel incredibly relaxing to have them massaged. Just like trying anything new, it can seem weird and uncomfortable at first, but if you don’t try it you might be missing out on a wonderfully blissful and beneficial experience.
So just try something new, whether it’s a new area of your body that you allow your therapist to touch or a new massage style. There’s such a wealth of massage and bodywork styles and techniques that we have at our disposal, why not avail yourself to as many of them in which your therapist has been trained.
In addition, be aware that your therapist might work on areas that you think are irrelevant to the issue you are wanting addressed. You might come to your massage therapist with a complaint about shoulder pain, but your therapist might spend quite a bit of time on your back and feet. There are multiple reason why this might happen, but just know that pain in one area is rarely isolated to that area only. Trigger Point work, reflexology and acupressure techniques work on the theory that working on points or areas of the body, say parts of the feet, can affect a distal area, like the shoulder. If you’re confused or unsure about what your therapist is doing, again, refer to my first point and just ask, we would be happy to explain what we doing and why.
Breathing is vital to the success of your massage session. If you are holding your breath because a technique is painful then you’ve lost much of the benefit of the technique. Breathing deep and slow breaths will ensure a relaxing and effective experience. If you notice you’re tensing or holding your breath just gently relax and continue to breathe deeply.
Now go and enjoy your next massage to the fullest.