What Makes A Good Massage?
You are entrusting a massage therapist to take care of you and your body with respect.
Communication style and massage technique preferences are going to be different for everyone. Often times it’s a hit or miss until you find the right therapist for you. I listed below important traits to consider when searching for a great massage.
- Communication – This is the basic foundation of a good therapist. A therapist needs to listen to you and have a clear understanding of what type of massage you are looking for. At the beginning let them know if you have pain or injuries that need to be addressed. Are there any physical or emotional health conditions that may be affected from a massage? What pressure do you like? Do you prefer no talking during a massage? A general rule is a therapist should only talk when necessary. When I massage, I am concentrating on what muscles I am working on and how they are responding to the treatment. Good communication between you and the therapist will create a safe place, so you can feel comfortable with their care. Did your therapist listen to you and treat the areas you wanted?
- Massage Techniques – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofacial Release, Gua Sha, Shiatsu, Cranial Sacral, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Sports Massage, etc….it all gets very confusing because there are many different styles. If you know what style you like, great! But otherwise let your therapist know what your objective is and ask them what they would recommend to achieve it. Or ask if they perform the style you are looking for before the appointment.
- Pressure and Speed – Depending on what you are looking for and the objective, this will vary with everyone. At times your muscles may need to be woken up and activated, so a more rigorous style is needed. For painfully tight muscles, a slower deep tissue style may be used. One day you could be in the mood for a relaxing light massage. But nothing is more disappointing if your grumpy muscles really needed deep tissue and you wanted to feel like progress was made. Or you felt like to your therapist did a generic routine and did not listen to what you wanted.
- Music – I am putting this in here as an important part of the massage experience because if you are listening to music the therapist selected and its just not your cup of tea you are not going to be happy. Everyone has there own tastes in music. Thus if you have a suggestion or want to play your own music let me know. (As long as it is not offensive and not too heavy) Music and sounds are often an overlooked part of massage, but it has a huge impact on your mood and thus your body also.
So what’s my style? One that works and gets the results you want! My massages change with each individual and my goal is to have you feeling better leaving my office, than when you arrived!