Once in a while, it’s therapeutic for a client to talk through what’s causing them stress or anxiety. Notice, that the client is talking, not me! And occasionally, when a client is in for a therapeutic massage focused on a particular problem, they don’t really care that much about overall relaxation.
But I must admit that I do occasionally find myself beginning to chat with my clients and have to remind myself not to engage in conversation during the massage. Sometimes I really have to bite my tongue because I find my clients so interesting and want to learn more about them, or a friend is on the table and I want to catch up. In those situations, I’ll often state that we don’t need to talk during the massage, and encourage quiet. I also allow a little time after your massage to talk.
If you find me or any other therapist talking more than you like, try this phrase, “I’d really like to relax and not talk today”. Any therapist worth their salt will get your hint and be quiet!