Communicating With Your Massage Therapist

If this is your first time receiving a massage or using a new therapist, your massage session will start with an interview. Your therapist will explain procedures, and ask questions that will be pertinent to the outcome of your massage. This is the time for you to ask questions if you are not understanding something the therapist says.

Once your massage begins, the therapist may not speak except to ask how the pressure feels. Although during a therapeutic massage there will be more communication, as the therapist will be doing different things that require feedback from you. At any point during the massage, it is up to the client to let the therapist know if they want the pressure adjusted because it’s not enough; or it’s too much pressure.

So many times a client has said that the last therapist they had did not go deep enough, or went to deep. When asked if they relayed this information to their therapist, they said “no”. Even the best therapist cannot read your mind. It is up to you to inform your therapist if he is not achieving your desires. A good therapist welcomes the clients input, and makes adjustments accordingly.

This is also true with your comfort level. If you are cold, ask for a blanket. If you are hot, ask for the massage draping to be adjusted. If you are not comfortable, you won’t be able to relax. This will translate into a mediocre massage. You may not return to that massage therapist, thinking he did a poor job. When in fact, the massage therapist may have thought everything was fine because you had not expressed your thoughts verbally.


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