Massage should be a comfortable procedure, but to some, it is their greatest nightmare. The agony encountered by some people has discouraged them from thinking of another. The reason is not that the therapist is not an expert but the failure of the recipient to fully disclose some specific information about their health. Massage therapist is like a medical doctor, and they work upon what their patient informs them to deliver their services accurately.
For the benefit of the two parties involved, it is expected that there should be a consultation before the real massage. The recipient should use this medium to reveal their health conditions to the therapist and how much they can tolerate the pain. The followings should be revealed to the massage therapist before proceeding on the procedure:
1. Health status.
Do you have any ailments you are treating? Maybe cancer, anemia, or any infection, please inform the therapist. They need to know this to decide on which type of massage to use on you. Moreover, this will enable them to take extra caution if the disease is contagious as they won’t like to infect themselves or other recipients.
Discussing your health status will also assist the therapist in knowing which part of the body to massage. Tell them where you are feeling the chronic pain, a deep tissue massage will alleviate the pain.
2. The reasons for getting the massage.
Do you want a massage for relaxation? Then an aromatherapy massage is all you need. Or you care for a massage to free tightened muscles? Then the therapist will recommend a Swedish massage. There is different massage, and each serves different purposes in the body. Therefore, you should take time to share the reasons for having a massage and their desired results.
3. Are you on any medication?
Don’t cause another big problem by trying to solve one. You should freely share the medications you are using recently with the therapist because it may lead to a fatal accident if not taken into consideration. For example, massage on a person using blood pressure pills can result in dizziness.
4. How much can you tolerate the pain?
The therapist cannot assume your tolerance for pain. Therefore, it is up to you to inform them. It is becoming easier when you tell them so that they will apply less pressure if you are the type that has less tolerance. And for those that can resist more pain, the therapist will apply more pressure so that they can achieve the desired result.
5. Discuss your lifestyle.
By communicating your lifestyle to a therapist, they can easily deduce the part of the body that needs a massage. And they can also use that information to recommend a new posture that will be pain-free.
6. Do you get a massage frequently?
How many times have you have gotten a massage? It is okay if you can’t give the exact number, an approximate value is alright. It is needed to determine how much you can handle the pain and the types of massage that will be effective.
Answering these questions won’t make you insecure; it is just to make you have an enjoyable massaging experience. No therapist will like his patient to go home in pain or to regret ever thinking of a massage. Moreover, try to leave a recommendation for the therapist because it will serve as a clue for where to begin the next time.