Communicating With Your Massage Therapist
To get the most out of your massage experience, it is important to communicate with your therapist so you don’t run the risk of missing out on a beneficial and productive experience. Don’t be shy in expressing what you are seeking, as massage therapists deal with a variety of clients, all with different needs and wants. It’s important to know that your therapist wants to hear from you and will most likely be asking you several questions as well.
Generally upon arrival at your therapist’s clinic, you will be asked to fill out a standard questionnaire form. Fill it out completely and do not leave out any relevant information. For example, if you have medical issues, such as a recent surgery, your therapist must be made aware of this so no further damage or discomfort occurs. Your therapist will ask you why you made the appointment. Here is your opportunity to tell the practitioner what you desire and what parts of your body need special attention during the massage. Are you seeking a massage for a sports injury? Are you looking to ‘de-stress’? Your massage therapist will create the most productive session based on your needs.
Once the massage begins, your therapist should check in with you to see if the pressure is comfortable. Again, never be shy in expressing your desire for stronger pressure or a lighter touch. You will not hurt your therapist’s feelings! If at any time you feel discomfort, let your therapist know immediately. If you want more attention paid to a certain part of your body, communicate this to your therapist as well so that appropriate adjustments can be made. Should your therapist try to carry on a personal conversation and you prefer complete quiet, or if the music is not soothing or if anything takes away from your experience, let them know. This is your time!
Once the session is over, your massage therapist will ask how you are feeling. Hopefully, your answer will be positive. However, if there are concerns, now is the time to give useful feedback. If you would like the therapist to concentrate more on your shoulders or neck next time, mention it! That way, the therapist can take note and know what you would like on the next visit.
A therapeutic massage is a time of rejuvenation. It can only be enhanced with thoughtful and appropriate conversation and exchange of valuable information. For a positive experience, a massage therapist and client must have a mutual understanding on the type of treatment desired.