Feeling the Pressure? Massage Therapy Straight Talk
- Published: Tuesday, July 21st 2009
- in Living Well
Massage should make you feel good. If, for example, you find yourself wincing when your massage therapist works a certain area of your body, don’t keep it to yourself. Remember, no matter how skilled they are, therapists aren’t mind readers and most appreciate guidance on what you don’t like or how much pressure is too much.
Of course, it’s never easy to tell someone how you’re feeling when you’re afraid it will hurt their feelings. So it’s not a big surprise if you feel uneasy telling your massage therapist that you aren’t enjoying something about your massage. SpaFinder wants you to know that it’s okay to tell it like it is.
HOW TO have an honest conversation with your massage therapist.
Just like all relationships, yours with your massage therapist is built on trust and communication. To get the most out of your massage, before it even begins, share your preferences and mention any areas of your body you’d like to get more attention. Even if you are a regular client, discuss what you are hoping to get out of the session. The focus of your massage may vary each time; for example, you might need relief from something specific like traveling, sore feet, an aching back, or aggressive athletic training. Stay connected and be specific.
A good massage therapist will ask you how you are enjoying the pressure in the early part of the massage (often they are just warming up your muscles and will later go deeper). But as the massage gets under way, if you find that you’re not enjoying the stroking of a particular area or the strength or type of touch, speak up. Don’t feel awkward; it’s important to communicate. If you are not comfortable physically then you won’t be able to relax and enjoy yourself fully. Massage is a service you are paying for so you ought to experience exactly what you want out of it.
If certain environmental elements make you feel uncomfortable – room temperature, music volume, an aroma therapy candle, a noisy fountain, or the table setting – say something, because it’s usually an easy fix. Many accoutrements are added to please a general audience, so don’t feel bad if you don’t enjoy them.
A common critique is that a massage therapist did not go deep enough or went too deep. Don’t be afraid to ask for more or less pressure. For example, “That feels a little strong in that spot,” or “I could actually use more pressure overall.” Massage therapists would rather have a happy customer who returns than someone who endures unsatisfying service. Remember, you are a key ingredient in making your massage a online casino holalnd pleasurable experience.