Communicating with your Massage Therapist
Karyl Taylor, LMP MA60475800 Sep 14, 2014
Communication with your therapist is very important. While we do seem to have super powers in knowing where all the “knots” are, mind reading isn’t one of them. During the intake or the initial consult before the massage we do jot down the information we need to customize the massage to your needs. When we start the massage we tend to ask questions like, “How’s the pressure?” or “Is this pressure ok?” This is a great opportunity to say, “I would like it deeper or please,” or “Yes that is perfect!” Then during the massage there will be moments where we find a tender spot that might be a lot more sensitive than the other areas we are working on. At this point, it is more than fine to speak up and tell us! Or, if there is a spot that just needs a little more attention that is fine too!
I recently performed a massage for a woman who was suffering with some serious pain from a knot on her left back side, when it came time to massage her back it had slipped my mind which side it was! I felt around and found a large cluster of adhesions (or “knots”) on her right side. So I proceeded to massage them out thinking I was following her requests. When I went to redrape her, she simply asked, “Would you mind if you paid a little more attention to the left side? You did great on the right side but it’s the left side that is just aching!” I simply just went back to the source of pain and she left very happy!
Our rooms can be adjusted to your liking in the sense of lighting, table temperature, and music level! If you get a little chilly in the middle of the massage go right ahead and say so! With a simple press of a button we can have that table heated right up! Once you have a therapist you are familiar with and is familiar with you, the need for communication does go down. If you are looking for relaxation massage, then communication can be minimum, but be sure to explain what it is you like and what makes you comfortable. When you are uncomfortable it is hard to relax (of course!) and sometimes all it takes is a simple request to make all the difference in your massage experience.
As therapists we love to hear feedback on what would make your experience better! Never hesitate to ask for a little deeper or lighter, and if the therapist is unable to accommodate, we will be more than happy to refer you to a therapist who may be a better fit. Massage can be an amazing experience but sometimes little things need to be tweaked to give you the best massage results. Working with your therapist provides the best way to get exactly what you want!