Excellent technique is a must to provide a great massage. But do you want to know the secret? Communication.
A great massage starts before you lie down on the table and doesn't end until you leave the office. Open and clear communication ensures that I know what you want, and that you know what to expect.
Before your massage, let me know what your goals and expectations are for the session. Make sure you provide accurate health information so that I can select appropriate techniques. Tell me if you are allergic to oils, lotions, or scents.
During the massage, report any pain or discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or related to the environment, (music, lighting, temperatures, etc). Also let me know if something feels especially good! Some people want silence during their massage while others like to talk. Tell me what you prefer.
Provide feedback during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask me to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.
Don’t be afraid to discuss any concerns you have. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. It is not impolite and will not hurt my feelings if you do not like a particular technique or want me to make adjustments. On the contrary, I appreciate your feedback because I am dedicated to helping you feel at ease and providing the massage you want.
So speak up and enjoy a great massage!