10 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know

1.  Talk to Us.

Not in the Chatty Cathy kind of way (unless that is your jam, we are happy to oblige).  We want you to fully enjoy your time on the table –  so share your goals with us.  Do you want to fall asleep? No problem.  Have an injury? Please let us know.  Has your left hamstring been driving you crazy?  We can help!  If something feels good or if the pressure is too much – speak up.    Please don’t lay on the table and hope we can read your mind.  We want to make this the best experience possible.

2.  Clothing Optional.

Take as much of your clothing off as you feel comfortable but please know that if you want your back massaged and you come in with a sports bra, there is a good chance we are not going to be able to give your back the attention it needs.  Same goes for shorts or underwear.  If you come in and want your glutes worked on, it will be challenging to make that happen if your entire booty is covered.  Your therapist will be able to drape you so that nothing is exposed and you maximize the area to be massaged.

3.  Don’t Forget Your Jewelry!

This means your watch, your necklace, your bracelets and your earrings.  You will have a much better experience if there is nothing hindering the massage.  Did you know that having your ears massaged allows the plates of your skull to shift (super helpful for headaches!)  Not easy if you have an ear full of gold.    And nothing feels more funky than having your neck worked on, only to have the therapist try and maneuver around the tiny chain clinging to your skin.  Best rule of thumb…leave it all at home (even the wedding ring!)

4.  Turn Your Phone OFF!

Vibrate is not the same a OFF.  Nothing will break the spell you are under like hearing a phone vibrating in your bag.  When you hear that little buzz a tiny piece of you comes out of the bliss your are feeling and starts to wonder/worry about who is trying to contact you.  Give yourself the gift of 60 (or 90) minutes of uninterrupted relaxation.  You deserve it!

5.  Give Your Tootsies Some Loving.

Take a peek at your feet.  If your heels are a little roughed up, please help us help you.  Many of us live in sandals or flip flops…dry weather can build up a hard shell on your little piggies.  What works wonders? Try a pumice stone (pick one up at the local pharmacy) Keep that little magic rock in your shower and give your feet a little love when you cleanse.  Your feet and your therapist will thank you.

6.  Hot Water (before and after).

If you have the time, hop in the shower before coming in for your massage.  Better yet…take a bath if that is accessible to you.  While it is nice to be clean for your massage, the primary reason is it relaxes your muscles.  It allows your body and mind to prepare for the healing that is about to happen.  And a bath with epsom salts after your massage is a cherry on top. You will be amazed what soaking in a tub will do for your muscles as they continue to heal and it helps flush out the toxins that have been pulled up.

7.  Shaving Isn’t Necessary.

Your prickles don’t bother us.  Please don’t worry about trying to be hairless before coming in for your massage.

8.  Show Your Love for Your Therapist.

Massaging is a very emotional and labor intensive job – and we love what we do.  Healing is something that is a calling for most therapists.  But there is a ton of energy transference and physical work that happens during a massage.  Most therapists in a spa setting earn a very small percentage of what the massage is costing the client.  And at many locations, they are getting minimum wage when they are not booked.  If your therapist is rocking your world – feel free to shower them with (dollar bills) love.

9.  Repeat. Again and Again.

Your body is going to get the best benefits if you are consistent with your massages.  Unfortunately, there are many folks who only get bodywork as a “treat”.  For an anniversary or on vacation.  Massage, along with other types of bodywork, is very healing and necessary for maintaining a healthy and happy body.  Try to think of massage as a lifestyle choice – similar to working out or eating healthy.  Set the time aside and keep the commitment.  (Like going to the dentist but SO MUCH BETTER!)  Ideally, have a date with your therapist once a month.

10.  Falling Asleep is OK!

By all means.  Pass out.  It is okay by us!  (And snoring is totally allowed and welcomed).  There is something really lovely when a new mom or dad comes in and are able to find enough relaxation to get in a quick 60 minute nap.  You all work so hard and if you need to place to rest your head for an hour or so, we will gladly make you comfortable.

“Was that the sensitive spot you were telling me about?”

 

Have any tips or stories?? I would love to hear them!  Feel free to comment and share!

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