One client who has chronic migraines told me before a massage, "I'll kill you if you give me a headache." It was the slowest and most cautious massage I've given, and the client loved it! If you're considering your first massage, consider these tips. Take a look at the policies page to learn more.
I practice active listening, without judgment, to better understand you and your needs and to create a strong therapeutic relationship. On the topic of judgment, I don't care if you haven't shaved today, if you're overweight or your feet smell (if you'd like, I can start with a warm towel peppermint foot wrap). If you have a communicable disease, I do expect you to tell me.
Anytime I move you around, whether it's for secure draping, to get to a different area or for a Phenomenal Touch technique like "neck drool," give your weight to me and try not to help. One of the goals of massage is to release tension - the more like a rag-doll you are, the easier that will be. Again, if anything hurts or feels uncomfortable, do tell. I know it can more irritating than helpful to be told, "just relax!" so I'll do my best to help you drop into a Zen state without that useless statement.