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Did you know that you, as a client, have a responsibility to educate your therapist?

And, as a massage therapist, there are things you need to inform your client about, prior to him or her starting a massage therapy regimen?

It’s a common misconception for people to think that a massage therapy session consists of simply showing up, lying on a table, and relaxing while getting a massage.

That’s definitely part of it, but not the whole picture. There are also considerations that will help to ensure that the therapy session is of the most benefit to the client.

Giving the massage therapist some pointers, and properly preparing for a massage session, will make the massage and overall experience better for both the client and the massage therapist.

Here are some suggestions for massage clients:

  • Don’t eat before a massage session.
  • Give your therapist accurate health information.
  • Undress only to your comfort level – this sensitive subject often should be discussed prior to the first appointment.
  • Before and during a session, communicate your needs.
  • Report any discomfort from the massage or even room temperature, music volume or lighting issues.
  • Drink plenty of water after a massage.
  • Allow for some quiet time after a massage to absorb the results of the session.
  • The effects of massage are cumulative, so get massages often.

Open communication is important in order to receive the maximum benefit from massage therapy sessions. It’s helpful to find a massage therapist that you feel comfortable talking to, so that you feel you can express any questions or concerns you may have throughout your sessions.  This will help you to receive the maximum health benefits from massage therapy.

 

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