Getting a massage can and should be a wonderful experience. However, if it’s your first time there are a number of things you might be wondering about either before, during or after your massage. I want to share with you some helpful tips so that you can have the best massage experience possible, starting with your first massage!
What to expect when you arrive
When you arrive, here’s what you can expect…You will most likely fill in some basic health background paperwork or your massage therapist will chat with you for a moment about your health history. You might be asked for you goals or what your intention is for that massage, and then instructed to undress to your level of comfort (after the massage therapist has left the room) and get under the covers. The therapist should knock before he or she re-enters the room.
What to communicate to your massage therapist
There are some helpful things you can and should share with your massage therapist before they begin…Share if there are any parts of your body that have been feeling tense or sore lately. Do you want more focus in that area or do you want your therapist to actually tread lightly there. What type of pressure do you think you would feel the best to you-some areas of your body you may be wanting more pressure and some areas less pressure – let your therapist know. Know however, that each therapist is different in the amount of pressure that they tend to work in. Some are just naturally more heavy handed and others light to medium. If at some point in your massage the pressure is either too deep or too light, ask if your therapist could adjust the pressure; you won’t hurt their feelings. They are there for you.
What to know about your massage therapist
If you’ve got a good massage therapist- and most likely you do- know that he or she has your best interest in mind. Your therapist is there because he/she likes and wants to help people. He or she is a regular person like yourself and does probably about 4-6 hours of massage 4-5 days a week. Your therapist wants to do the best they humanly can for you.