Whether it’s your first massage or your 50th, we know you have questions. Getting a massage should be a relaxing, healing time, not a time for swirling questions or insecurities to take over your mind. So, before your next massage, let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions in the massage space to put your mind at ease!
How do I know which type to get?
It all comes down to what you’re looking to treat or get out of your session. Almost all massages aim to be relaxing but some techniques are better than others for specific ailments.
If you’re hoping to relieve pain and tension, a Swedish massage can do wonders. Adding hot stones to the mix can add another layer of relaxation and relief. If you’re treating an injury, a deep tissue or sports massage may be right for you. Aromatherapy massages can be deeply relaxing and help with stress relief. Other modalities like reflexology, trigger point massage, and myofascial release all have their place too.
Be sure to consult your massage therapist ahead of time about any areas of pain, tension, or recent injuries. You can also let them know what you are hoping to gain out of the massage, whether it be pain relief, improved flexibility, or just relaxation. Your massage therapist can help guide you in choosing the right massage for your specific needs.
What information do I have to share with my therapist?
Prior to your massage, your therapist will likely ask you a series of questions or have you fill out a form with your health history. It’s important to be open and honest about any health conditions you may have, medications you’re currently on, history of injuries, or state of pregnancy. This information will help the massage therapist determine if you are fit for a massage and any techniques they should avoid for safety and comfort. Even something that may seem innocuous to share can be important.
Do I have to completely undress for a massage?
Nope! You should only undress to the level you feel most comfortable with. Most clients choose to undress to their bottom undergarments and lie facedown on the table, covered by a sheet. If you wish to remain fully clothed or have specific concerns about your clothing getting in the way, be sure to speak to your therapist ahead of time. They may recommend a different technique to work around articles of clothing or modify certain parts of their massage for improved comfort.
What if the massage is hurting?
If you’re experiencing pain during your massage or you’d like your therapist to use lighter pressure, say something. They want you to relax and enjoy your massage and will definitely want to know if something is hurting or if they are using too much pressure for your liking.
What if I fall asleep during my massage?
This is incredibly common and nothing to be worried about. In fact, it often means you’ve entered a state of total relaxation and let all your stress melt away. Your massage therapist will likely take it as a complement to their technique! Don’t worry, if you do fall asleep they will gently wake you when it’s over.
Will I be sore after a massage?
Some people may experience soreness after a massage, especially if they’ve had deep tissue work or a sports massage to relieve tension in a certain area. Massage can help break down “knots” in the muscle which may contribute to some soreness that will ultimately turn into relief after.
Can I get a massage while pregnant?
Getting the green light for a massage while pregnant should ultimately be determined by your doctor. Most normal, healthy pregnancies will allow for a massage in the second or third trimester. First-trimester massages are typically avoided. Once your doctor approves, look for a massage therapist specially trained in prenatal massage for the safest and most therapeutic techniques.
What if I’m ticklish?
Let your massage therapist know ahead of time. They can use adjusted techniques or avoid any sensitive areas that you advise them of. If you get unexpectedly ticklish during the massage, don’t be afraid to speak up, it’s incredibly common and nothing they haven’t dealt with before.
Help! I’m self-conscious about (insert body part here) or afraid I may do something embarrassing, what do I do?
This is a very common concern but rest assured, your massage therapist is a licensed professional who entered this line of work to help people. Their ultimate goal is to provide a relaxing, stress-free environment and make you comfortable. Whether you’re worried about scars, stretch marks, acne, body hair, tattoos, or flatulence, don’t be — they are professionals who have seen it all!
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