Whether you are a new Massage Therapy client, or you’re a long time Massage Therapy client, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your Massage Therapy Session.
- Make sure you have told your Massage Therapist about any and all medical conditions, and any medications you may be on. This way your therapist can make sure that there are no contraindications(Reasons you might not be able to get a massage. See previous blog “Why Massage Therapists ask for Medical History” for more information)
- Let your Massage Therapist know what your goals are for the Massage Therapy session. For example: You want to reduce neck pain, relieve muscle pain, reduce stress, etc… Your Massage Therapist will discuss your goals with you before, during, and after your session. Things like chronic pain, or work related stress and such do take time to reverse. You and your Massage Therapist will discuss all your goals and together you will come up with a treatment plan.
- RELAX!!! I cannot state this enough. So what does this mean? You are probably thinking to yourself, “If I’m on a massage table, I can’t help but be relaxed.” Ok, yes, most of you are relaxed when you are on the massage table. However as a Massage Therapist I come across many new, and even long time, Massage Therapy clients who tighten the muscles being worked on, or try to “help” the Massage Therapist move limbs/joints. Can I just say, it is VERY difficult to massage a flexed/tense muscle. So, please, if the therapist is wanting to move your arm, leg, or head, just let them. There are exceptions to the rule… There may be times when the Massage Therapist will ask you to flex a muscle or move a joint/limb in some way.
- Communicate with your Massage Therapist. Let the Massage Therapist know if you need more or less pressure. If you have asked them to focus on a specific area, and they aren’t quite hitting the right spot, let the Massage Therapist know. I frequently hear complaints from clients that the last therapist who worked on them didn’t even come close to working the area they requested(usually at the membership spa I work at), this is partly due to the client not speaking up during the session. If you have to, point directly to the area you want worked. I want, and welcome, my clients to be an active part of the Massage Therapy session, after all it is YOUR session!
I hope this helps you to get the most out of your Massage Therapy Sessions!
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