Feeling awkward about your first massage? Why? Have you heard stories of therapists digging their elbows in deep, leaving clients too sore to move? Some who think they know what's best but don't actually listen or pay close attention to how your body responds?
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.
Truthfully tell the massage therapist when something feels uncomfortable - pressure, massage techniques, temperature, face cradle, etc. Though I tend to be intuitive, I can't read minds. It's better to ask for something different rather than lie there in discomfort. Don't want to use the face cradle at all? We can work around that.
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.
Intuitive energy healer, massage therapist and somatic coach in Asheville, NC, bringing you insight and inspiration on healing and conscious living. Formerly in Boulder, CO.