When you go to a massage therapist for a massage, there are a few things you should know about your massage. I would like to take some time today to go over them. These are things to prepare for your massage, what to expect during your massage answers, to general questions and complaints I hear about massage therapists.
1. Most important is that it is your massage. That means that if the pressure is too much or too little, speak up. We massage therapists are not mind readers. If you do not tell us, we don’t know. We should be checking in with you and inviting you to tell us if the pressure is not right, but we are human and sometimes we just get caught up in doing what we love to do. Which is massage. I know that I do this because I love it. I would hope that that is true for other massage therapists as well. Let us know if it’s too warm or too cold in the room or you don’t like the music. I had one client tell me that he likes to have Earth Wind and Fire played during his massage. Guess what. I went home and had Earth Wind and Fire added to my playlist. It was his massage. If at all possible, I will always accommodate your choices in music and temperature. If you don’t like a technique used by the massage therapist, speak up. Again, we don’t know if you don’t tell us. If it bothers you, I know, I would rather not use that technique. You don’t even owe me a reason why. You simply don’t like it. Let the therapist know. If you come in and ask for deep tissue and it turns out you don’t like deep tissue, it should always be adjusted to accommodate you. Please, don’t ever suffer through your massage.
2. Remove your jewelry. There are a few reasons for this. You may not want massage cream or oil all over your jewelry making it gunky. Also consider this. You come in with a necklace or multiple necklaces on and the therapist is trying to work on your neck, but keeps getting caught up in the necklace(s). I’m going to guess that even though the therapist is trying, you are not going to get the neck work you would be getting. The same goes for other jewelry. Hoop earrings actually scare me. I worry about getting caught in one and ripping your ear. With large hoops, even working the neck can be risky.
3. Turn off your phone if possible. This is your time to relax. Not only does that phone startle you, but the therapist gets in a zone. When your phone rings it can be very startling. I can’t imagine that is very relaxing for you. I do understand that you may need to have the phone on at times. Maybe you are on call for work or some other reason you need to have the phone on that particular day. I get that. Maybe you can turn the ringer down low. Keep in mind, when you are in the waiting room, someone else may be getting a treatment of some kind and listening to your phone ring or listening to your phone conversation can be very disruptive. It’s ok to step outside if you need to take a call.
4. Drink water before and after your massage. This helps with hydration. Your body needs this. It will also help with your massage. Especially if you are having deep tissue massage. It can help to prevent soreness during and after your massage. Water is very important. That is why I give water after your massage. As much as your body needs hydration, so do your muscles.
5. Show up on time. Showing up on time means you get your full massage. I try to accommodate people when I can. However, I can’t take away from someone else to give a full service to someone who is late. Sometimes even at the end of the day, I just have to be somewhere after work.
6. Cancellations are sometimes unavoidable. I understand that. Please try to give as much notice as you can. If you cancel while I am in the session just before yours, I do not have time to try to fill that time slot.
7. I hear the question quite often “how should I dress?” I recommend comfortable clothing. If you are coming from work, just come in your work clothes. You may want to bring something comfortable for after your massage. My thought process on that is that you may not want to put on a suit and tie or a skirt and nylons after your massage. That is completely up to you though.
8. How much do I have to take off for my massage? I can tell you that I will always meet you at your comfort zone. Some people take off everything. This gives me access to more areas. Respect will always be there though. It is required from both parties. I am not going to expose anything that should not be exposed. You may want glute work. I can do that. That may be out of your comfort zone. I will work with that also. If you choose to leave your underpants on, that’s perfectly fine. If you are not comfortable undressing at all, that is ok too. You may be more comfortable with chair massage. In chair massage, you are fully clothed.
9. Inclement weather happens in New England. I understand when people cancel because they don’t feel safe driving in it. Don’t worry about making the appointment because you are afraid it might snow. If it snows, I expect cancellations. Just give me a call so that I know you are not going to make it in. That’s ok.
10. The most important thing to remember is that this is your massage. With that in mind, also remember you are probably not the only person in the office. Other people deserve the same respect also. I want you to enjoy your massage, but I also want others to enjoy their treatment.
These are suggestions to help you have the best massage you can have. I hope this was helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will be very happy to respond.