As a therapist, I see it as my job to explain to every client, to the best of my ability, what they should expect during each and every session. Let’s go over the basics.
First, your massage session is all about You. If you are not comfortable for any reason; too cold, too warm, need to use the restroom, you don’t like what I am doing, etc., you are not able to get the most out of your session. If this happens, I encourage you to communicate with me. You are not being rude. You will not hurt my feelings. Remember, your session is all about You. My job is to help you. If you are unable to relax because you are not comfortable, I am not able to do my job. If what I am doing is uncomfortable, I will stop. If my pressure is too much or not enough, I will change it. If you are cold, I can turn on the table warmer. If you are too hot, I can remove the top blanket.
Second, we will have a conversation before we begin your session. This is where we talk about what is happening with your body, what brought you in for your massage, and your health. There are some diagnosis and/or medications that can be harmful when combined with massage. My priority is to keep you safe. Once we have discussed your health, I will explain what I plan to do during the session and ask for your consent. If I suggest something for the session that you are not interested in, feel free to tell me. There is more than one way to achieve the results you are looking for. Once we have discussed the plan for your session, I will explain how to get on the massage table, for example face up or face down. I will tell you I will leave the room so you may undress to your comfort level. Here comes the anxiety!! In your mind I can hear you saying, “What does that mean?! Am I supped to get naked?! What does she want me to do?!?” I truly mean your comfort level. Some clients tell me their comfort level is staying completely dressed. Some people take everything off. Most people are comfortable somewhere in between. I can work with whatever your comfort level is.
Third, I don’t believe you are paying for a massage to take a nap. Once we begin your session, I count on you to communicate with me about how you are feeling. We will ta.lk about what I am feeling with your muscles, and possible reasons why the muscles feel tight and/or sore. We may discuss possible ways to prevent the muscles from becoming tight and sore in the future.
Fourth, after we have concluded the session and you have dressed, we will talk about the importance of drinking water after a massage. I may even give you some exercises or stretching for homework. If there is anything I could have done to make the session better for you, I encourage you to tell me.
Lastly, we will talk about how often you should receive massage, based on your needs.