Over the 10 years I have been a therapist, I have literally seen everything you can imagine! During those years, a lot of the same things occurred over and over so I think it’s about time now to tell you some of my personal massage Do’s and Don’ts and answer all those frequently asked questions! Enjoy the read!
- What should I wear to my massage? Undies or no undies?
Anything you want! We give you instruction on what to do and how to disrobe so the clothing you wear to see us doesn’t really matter. When it comes to undies or no undies, therapists actually prefer a client who is completely undressed. If you just can’t do it, we understand. But why do we prefer that? We can really get into those upper hamstrings, your hips and lower back/gluts when underwear isn’t in the way. 9 out of 10 low back pain sufferers don’t realize their hamstrings and gluts are to blame so by removing the underwear, it lends to a better over all massage and better flow for long strokes by your therapist.
- Massage Don’t: Stay relaxed. Don’t help your therapist. Relinquish control!
So many people want to help me during the massage by moving their arms for me, lifting their head or adjusting their legs. DON’T DO THAT!! You’re so focused on helping me or holding your arm out that you aren’t concentrating on relaxing! I’ll move your arm or leg however I need it when I need to move it. Trust me, I won’t let your appendages flop or fall or drop your head! A lot of people “strong arm” me by holding their arm out when I massage. When you do this and aren’t relaxed, it is actually harder on the therapist because they have to fight against a muscle that isn’t relaxed. It is hard to completely give away control, but you can practice by concentrating on your deep breathing and trusting your therapist. It makes for a much more relaxing massage. TRUST ME!!
- Massage Do: Tell your therapist what you want!
Don’t be afraid to say “more work on my neck please” or “harder pressure on my feet please.” We can’t read your mind although we can read your body cues quite well. You are investing money in this treatment, and we want it to be worth your while so don’t be afraid to tell us things like this! We want this to be an amazing experience! We don’t get offended if you tell us to be specific. In fact, we want you to be specific then we can achieve greater results.
Stayed tuned for Parts 2 – 4 coming soon! What to expect in Part Deux: Talking in your service, is my therapist good?, and I’m new and clueless!
Blissful health and wellness to you,