Even if you are a regular recipient of massage, it can be hard to articulate what it is that makes a good massage so magical. Part of this is probably because massage should be tailored specifically to each client’s needs, but it is also because a truly great massage involves more than the physical contact.
Before the Massage Even Starts:
Most of us see massage as a relaxing experience, and as such, the experiences leading to the massage are important in setting that tone. Was scheduling easy? Was the lobby comfortable? Did the therapist make you feel at ease prior to beginning the massage?
Before your massage the therapist begin the session, they should not only ask you about your preferences and medical history, but also what your goals of the session are that day. Some people come in to have corrective work done on their ailing muscles, while others just want the ultimate relaxing experience. Make sure the massage you receive is specific to you.
This can often be hard to explain. We often refer to some therapists as simply having “the touch”. What this really means, is that they have a calming presence, an intuitive sense of what the body is telling them, and the skill to address exactly what is ailing you.
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