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As a massage therapist, I have a lot of cool skills. I can help relieve your low back pain, loosen up your legs and hips so you perform better in your next race, and even melt away the tension of a stressful day. And while many of my clients think I know exactly where the pain is and how to make it go away, I’m not psychic. But I’m often surprised by how many people seem to think that I am.
Recently, I saw a post on Facebook by someone looking for recommendations for a massage therapist. She and her husband do physically demanding work and want to add massage to their self-care routine. Immediately thought “Pick me! Pick me!” and posted all the reasons I’m a wonderful therapist.
The alphabet soup of massage techniques can be surprisingly large and daunting to a newbie to massage. As massage therapists gain experience and advanced training, their menu goes beyond much more than the typical "Swedish" or "Deep Tissue" massage.
In short, NO! Absolutely not! Many massage therapists have a question on their intake form that asks if you want to avoid specific areas during the massage. Some women check pectoral muscles (aka pecs) because they worry that it involves breast massage, and they don’t see the benefit of massage to these muscles.
Clients often ask me how often they should get a massage. A standard recommendation from other massage businesses is once a month. My recommendation will depend on what your goals are for massage. I’ll also carefully consider your individual condition and lifestyle.
Too much talking during a massage is one of the most commonly cited reasons that clients change therapists, especially when the therapist natters on about their own life and problems. Not relaxing!
Many clients, even those that have been getting massage for years, are unsure exactly how much they should disrobe for their massage. As with so many things, the answer is that it depends. The most important thing is for you to be comfortable and able to relax. It’s also important to remember that no matter you how much you disrobe, during a professional massage, you’ll always be draped with a sheet or towel so only the area being worked on is uncovered. You can also request that certain areas are avoided during massage.
Amy Horn is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Bodies in Balance Massage Therapy in Flagstaff AZ.
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Bodies in Balance Massage Therapy
408 N Kendrick St #1
Flagstaff AZ 86001
M 12:00 - 6:00
T, W 9:30 - 6:00
Th 9:30 - 6:00
Fr 9:30 - 6:00
Sa 9:30 - 4:00