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Communicate With Your Massage Therapist
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The relationship between a client and a massage therapist is built on communication and trust. The client has to learn to trust their
therapist. This is accomplished through communication, and earned over time.
If this is your first time receiving a massage or
using a new therapist, your massage session will start with an interview. Your therapist will explain procedures, such as draping;
and ask questions that will be pertinent to the outcome of your massage. This is the time for you to ask questions if you are not
understanding something the therapist says.
Once your massage begins, the therapist may not speak except to ask how the pressure
feels. Although during a therapeutic massage there will be more communication, as the therapist will be doing different things that
require feedback from you. At any point during the massage, it is up to the client to let the therapist know if they want the pressure
adjusted because it's not enough; or it's to much pressure.
So many times a client has said that the last therapist they had
did not go deep enough, or went to deep. When I asked the client if they said anything to the therapist, most replied "no." Even the
best therapist cannot read your mind. It is up to you to inform your therapist if he is not achieving your desires. A good therapist
welcomes the clients input, and makes adjustments accordingly.
This is also true with your comfort level. If you are cold, ask
for a blanket. If you are hot, ask for the massage draping to be adjusted. It's up to you to communicate your desires during a massage,
keeping in mind proper massage etiquette. If you are not comfortable, you won't be able to relax. This will translate into a mediocre
massage. You may not return to that massage therapist, thinking he did a poor job. When in fact, the massage therapist may have thought
everything was fine because you had not expressed your thoughts verbally.
At Chattanooga Massage & Bodyworks, we want you
to have the best massage possible. Our therapists will do everything in their power to help you relax and enjoy your massage. You
must do your part by keeping the lines of communication open and enjoy our great massage services!