Every massage should be as different as the individual receiving it. While many experienced massage therapists are very good at discovering each body’s unique set of muscular and physical issues, the quality of your massage is very much dependent on how well you inform your therapist of what’s going on with your body.
Massage therapists can achieve some amazing results with their toolbox of techniques, but if they’re spending time figuring out what’s going on, they won’t have as much time to focus on addressing the actual issue(s). Here are some guidelines on what you should let your massage therapist know before and while they’re working on you to ensure that you’re getting the best massage possible:
Injuries can create structural and muscular imbalances that can linger for years if not addressed. Cluing your massage therapist into these can help them in understanding where they need to spend their time to get you back in balance.
If you’re taking any medicine, are pregnant, have skin conditions, have high blood pressure or other health issues, be certain to share these as well. In some instances, massage may not be a good idea, or certain areas or techniques should be avoided
Some lifestyle questions they may ask:
How is your day-to-day stress level?
How often do you exercise?
Are you on your feet all day? Sitting at your desk for work?
Nothing is off-limits; talk about technique, the office, the temperature, the music, the service offering, etc. It’s better to hear it from you than see a lousy review on the Internet. Keep it professional and kind and you’ll most likely find an eager audience.
Many people feel that receiving massage is a one sided affair. While it can be, and many times is, you’ll find that you’ll receive a better massage that’s custom tailored to you.
Credit: Massagebook By Mark Volkmann