Open Communication With Your Massage Therapist

People get massages for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are seeking stress relief from the weekly work commute or you want to cleanse your body of toxins. Alternatively, maybe massage is helping you recover from a sore back from shoveling snow all winter. Whatever your reasons it is important that you explicitly communicate to your therapist the reason you made the appointment, otherwise, you run the risk of not getting what you expect from the massage. The most important thing to remember is that this is your time. Above all, be comfortable with your therapist. It is all about your comfort-whether it’s the music, the temperature, the stroke or pressure applied, keeping an open dialog and letting your therapist know what feels good and what does not will create a relationship of lasting trust.

By having an open dialog allows me to know how you are doing and if there have been any changes due to circumstances in the way our bodies are always changing. ┬áBecause you shoveled that driveway this winter your lower back has still been bothering you more than usual. On the other hand maybe you started to work-out and your muscles are sore from the new routine. It is important that I know about your massage preferences in order to make your massage more enjoyable – I need to know if you prefer that I end with footwork or with a face massage to open your breathing passage.

“Be an active participant, ask questions about things you do not understand, make your wishes known and let it be known if you are uncomfortable at any time. Above all, be comfortable with the massage therapist – feel respected, pampered, safe and comfortable at all times”.

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