What to Tell Your Massage Therapist for a Better Massage
Your massage therapist will ask you some preliminary questions to more accurately determine your overall health and wellness goals.
The therapist will consider information about your physical condition, medical history, lifestyle, stress levels, medications and any areas of physical pain that could affect your massage therapy results. If you smoke or drink regularly, don’t lie and say that you don’t. Just the same, if you are not a regular athlete or don’t exercise often, don’t say that you do. Not only does this not help the therapist, but it can also determine the results of the massage. Be honest with your massage therapist for the best results.
Tell them if you are uncomfortable
Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove clothing to your level of comfort. The therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. Tell them if you feel the least bit uncomfortable. They are there to help you relax—not to stress.
You’re in control of the conversation
Some clients enjoy light conversation during their treatment. Others prefer to have a quieter time to relax. If you find conversation too stimulating, be sure to let your therapist know – they won’t be offended. They want you to get the best possible treatment.
If it doesn’t feel right
Your massage therapist should check for pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, tell your massage therapist. The massage table is padded and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which will allow you to lie face down without turning your head or neck. If at any point your neck is strained, tell them so they can adjust you.
If you’re allergic to anything
Massage therapists often use a special gel for the treatment. If you have allergies to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand. The therapist will work with you to find a hypo-allergenic oil for your treatment.
Your follow up
Let them know next time how you felt after the previous appointment. No need to be polite if you were sore or didn’t enjoy something. The more open you are, the more you will get out of massage therapy. Your massage therapist is there to help you and to improve your health and wellness.