If you sense that the massage therapist you are working with is not listening to your needs, it is perfectly alright for you to end the massage session. This may seem a bit harsh, but wasting your time and money on ineffective treatments is not an acceptable option.
What you should expect from your massage therapy treatment. The massage therapy treatment should specifically fulfill your desired result. You should expect that you are going to work with a skilled massage therapist that is going to listen to your issues and help you receive like massage that is very satisfying for you. From the moment you sit on a massage chair, you will feel that you were being relaxed and you should have a sense that you are going to feel that all the stress were taken out in your body and is going to treat you as an individual and respect your individual needs. It is appropriate to ask for the massage therapist’s credentials and experience.
You may also want to speak with an existing client to ensure that they have had a pleasant experience an existing client that they work with that has had a pleasant experience with the practitioner you are about to have a massage with. You can ask to come by and see the facility where you will be receiving your massage. Does it look clean, relaxing, and therapeutic? What does the energy of the facility feel like? Does it align with your energy and feel like a place that you will be comfortable with? It is also appropriate to ask to meet with the therapist who is will potentially be working with you prior to the massage treatment so you can be assured that you will be comfortable with the massage therapist.
If you have any goals for the treatment, make them known. Make sure that your massage therapist can accommodate your goals. If for instance, you like a firmer massage and you make an appointment with somebody who’s typical massage is a light Swedish, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment.
The better a massage therapist gets at a modality, the more they will pull it out of their bag of tricks. A therapist is good with therapy but you can also try a massage to take off all the pain you have in your body.
Before therapist begins doing the massage they should tell you that if at any time during the massage you would like more or less pressure to just let them know and they will accommodate you. If you are getting the massage for general relaxation the massage therapist should not talk with you during the session. This is one of the chief complaints I hear from massage consumers across the country when they tell me about their massage experiences. I have heard of therapists who will tell the client about all their personal problems while the client is “held hostage” and is paying good money to council these therapists on their personal issues.
Remember the first step, You are always right and should get exactly what you want, so tell the therapist that you prefer to just listen to the music or zone out during your massage. If your therapist is a massage expert you will find that they will have listened to you describe your goal of relaxation and therefore they would be quiet during your massage session. It’s important to know what to do and ask in order to accept the right position, and understanding if you will work as an employee. This was from a woman who had been doing massage therapy for over 10 years. Seriously? Who wants to pay somebody good money if they can’t even be bothered to lift your arm?
Clearly, talent is not just about how long a massage therapist has been practicing, it’s much more about wanting to do your best and loving what you do. I’ve had really good massages from new graduates with great attitudes.