Your massage therapist would like you to know…

As massage therapists, our professional satisfaction is closely linked to providing a safe, appropriate, and comfortable massage, through which you enjoy therapeutic benefits.

It is often assumed that the whole responsibility falls on the therapist. In fact, the receiver (you) has a part too.

In case you are not already aware, here are some points that your therapist would like you to know.

1.If you are not well, stay away from massage.

Massage involves physically manipulating the body tissues. This means increased circulation, which is fine for a fit body, but not an unwell body. The increased circulation may boost the toxins from the injury or infection within, aggravating the condition and making you feel worse. You will not enjoy your massage with a runny nose, coughing away or trying to hold your cough. In addition, you are also likely to pass the germs around. It would not be fair to the therapist and other customers. This line would help you to remember – Massage is wellness care, not sick care.

2. If you have a pre-existing condition, let us know.

Massage has many therapeutic benefits. Yet this could also be in conflict with certain medical conditions. Here are some examples. If you already have low blood pressure, massage may bring it down further which could end up really undesirable, if not life threatening. Major operations need sufficient healing time before it is advisable to have massage. Pregnancy massage is getting popular, but there are things to look out for, in the best interest of both the mother and the baby. If you have a pre-existing condition, it is highly recommended to get the clearance from your primary care provider.

3. Arrive earlier.

If you reach ahead of schedule, you are likely to enjoy the full massage experience with a relaxed state of mind. In some establishments, you need to complete some visit form for documentation. Coming in early means you don’t have to rush through. This prevents unnecessary anxiety from spilling over to your massage experience. Do also recognise and appreciate that your therapist’s time is as equally important as yours. That means, if you were to arrive late, your one-hour massage will run its course with the remaining time.

4. Let us know if you are not comfortable.

Let us know if the temperature is too warm or too cold. Let us know if you prefer the music to be turned off altogether. Some of us feel uncomfortable in dim lights. Let us know, so we can adjust the lighting to your comfort. When our pressure is too strong or too light, do not keep quiet and endure. It will affect your enjoyment of the massage. It also does no justice to your therapist to be told that it does not match up to your expectation after one hour of physical work.

5. We respect our privacy and modesty.

Privacy and modesty apply to both the client and therapist for an effective massage session. As certified massage therapists, we are trained in draping (covering up) protocols to protect both the client and the therapist. We only uncover the area of the body being worked on, and ensure the rest of the body are fully covered at all times.

6. Come in clean and fresh.

Having oil rubbed around your sweaty skin does not benefit you much. In fact, it would simply clog your skin unpleasantly. Your massage therapist might also have to put up with the accompanying odour and inadvertently struggle to stay focused. That said, we also do not encourage you to be soaked in your favourite perfume. Just come in clean and fresh.

7. Homecare is important

During your visit, your therapist deliver his or her best to let massage work its benefits. Until your next appointment, your well-being is in your own hands. As your therapist, it is our duty to give nuggets of homecare advice to extend the benefits of massage. We want to see you get better with each visit. That would be one of our key motivations.

8. Please address us as massage therapist.

Last but not least, a gentle reminder of our correct title. Just so you will know, in order for us to rightfully practice, certified massage therapists devote time in training that covers the study of anatomy, physiology and pathology. We clocked hours of practical hands-on and are assessed by accreditation bodies on our competencies and standards. We have legal responsibilities and professional ethics to adhere to. We maintain a continual learning approach to keep ourselves abreast of industry standards. So, we will greatly appreciate it to be called by our hard-earned professional titles.

Hopefully, this post sheds some light on what you already know about your massage visits. Feel free to share your thoughts here in a line or two! Any massage therapist reading this? I would love to hear from you too!

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