Many bath and body shops around the country have professional massage therapists in their work flow. If you haven’t yet tried a professional massage, I highly recommend you do!
That said, you can have a better massage experience if there is good communication with your therapist. Here are a few things to keep in mind to enable that communication.
1) How much pressure is comfortable?
People are unique in the amount of pressure they feel is comfortable. It is generally best to start with a medium pressure and go lighter or deeper depending on what you feel is comfortable.
Keep in mind that if you don’t get a massage very often, a deep massage can feel great at the time, but your muscles can stiffen up the next day. It is a good idea to go with a light pressure massage if you don’t get one very often.
2) Ask yourself “Do I simply want to relax and escape stress?”
Sometimes we don’t want to think or make decisions, it can be stressful in itself! If this is the case, simply choose an “entry level” massage package and allow the massage therapist to direct the session.
When you call for your appointment, ask what service is most popular and let the receptionist or therapist give you a recommendation.
3) Have I had any injuries or illnesses that could affect the massage?
Any professional massage business should have you fill out intake forms to indicate past and present injuries or health concerns. It’s a good idea to let your therapist know your illness or injury verbally, in addition to writing it on the form.
If you’re unsure about whether an injury or past illness can affect a massage, call and ask beforehand. Often times, a therapist can make slight adjustments to the treatment to accommodate this, which will allow you to have a better experience.
Once you find a bath and body shop or massage therapist you like, stick with them. Having a consistent therapist is a good idea because they can get to know your unique needs.5 years ago • 12 notes