5 things to discuss with your massage therapist
Massage is a wonderful way to relax your muscles and melt stress away. It's also a wonderful treatment option to alleviate pain in your back, neck or limbs. It can also help those recovering from injuries.
People suffering from recent, or past, sports injuries, car wrecks and work related injuries have all experienced significant improvement by using massage therapy in addition to other methods, such as chiropractic therapy. If you've never had a massage or are seeing a massage therapist for the first time, it's important to discuss the following issues with them before getting started.
1. Trouble zones
Massage therapy is especially effective in relieving tight muscles. If you regularly suffer from back or neck pain in very specific areas, tell your massage therapist so that they will focus efforts in those places. Back and neck pain can trigger issues in other parts of your body. By telling your therapist ahead of time, he or she will be able to treat the areas that could be affected, alleviating or preventing pain from areas you would never have guessed could be affected.
If you recently suffered an injury or are recovering from one, be sure to let your therapist know ahead of time. Not only will the therapist make sure not to apply too much pressure to the area surrounding the injury, but they also might be able to recommend and perform gentle maneuvers that could help alleviate discomfort in the area.
3. Allergies, sensitivities and preferences
Some massage therapists use specialty oils or lotion during their sessions. Some of these lotions contain known allergens, so it's important that you mention to your therapist if you have any allergies ahead of time. It's not uncommon for candles, incense and soft music to be in the room during your session. If you are sensitive to smells or prefer a completely silent massage, let your therapist know before you arrive, preferably when you schedule the appointment.
Pregnant women require special treatment- especially during massage. By letting your therapist know ahead of schedule, he or she will make sure to equip your massage table with a special foam insert to accommodate your belly. It's especially important that you let the massage therapist know you're pregnant, even if you're not showing yet. This is because there are certain areas on the body that should not be massaged while pregnant for fear of jump-starting labor.
5. Sensitive spots
You might think it's silly, but let your therapist know if you are especially prone to ticklish areas or have areas of your body where you're not comfortable being touched. It's better to be honest than to be uncomfortable during what’s supposed to be a relaxing massage.
In order to build a long-term, trusting, relationship with your massage therapist, be honest from the first visit. By thoroughly explaining your needs and problems, you will ensure a long lasting business relationship that is beneficial to you both.