Monday, April 4, 2011

Your Massage: Q&A

The therapist-client relationship is intimate, especially in the context of massage.  Sometimes within that relationship clients have questions they don't express.  Here are some common unexpressed questions:

What if I feel the pressure is too deep, too light?
Say something. It is your session, so do communicate with your therapist.  You should never feel you have to endure pain or pressure that is too light for you.

Should we talk during the treatment?
This depends on entirely on you.  Feel free to be completely quiet or have a little chat.  Don't feel you have to entertain your therapist, however. Also bear in mind that lengthy in-depth conversation can be distracting and can take away from the therapist's focus on your bodywork.

Do I need to be naked?
Although it is easier for the therapist to work on your body when you're disrobed (for oil-based massages, like Swedish & deep tissue or myofascial work), you should disrobe to your level of comfort.  In New York State it is the law that you must be draped during the massage, so only the part of your body that is being worked on will be exposed.  I generally recommend completely disrobing, leaving your underpants on if you like.  Shiatsu and some other modalities do not require disrobing. They are performed in loose, comfortable clothing, like sweats & T-shirt.

May I request different music?
Of course!  I have my iPod in my office with a broad range of music.  You may also bring your own iPod or CD.  I'll be happy to play whatever you like.

(To be continued...)

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