Often a client will come in for a massage and even after you finish a medical history, the person won’t always tell you about past injuries, medications they are on or just how much their muscle hurts.
As a therapist, I’d like you to know.
- Your injuries, sprains, strains, breaks matter to me because your body holds muscle memory and a massage might feel deeply sensitive in a particular area of the body.
- “My legs are hairy,” is often heard as a client takes of their clothes. Honestly? It doesn’t matter. I’m interested in how best to help you.
- I don’t care if you are fat or thin, man or woman. I do care you feel safe, respected and nurtured when you come into a therapy session.
- Please switch off your cell phone. It’s obvious, yet so many clients have their phone go off just as they are relaxing – totally jarring.
- Please wash your feet before you lie down – if possible. Otherwise I’ll do it for you.
- Give me feedback! Best not to lie silently if you feel you need to tell me something. Am I working too hard? Do you want me to work harder? Please let me know – I beg you.
- Breathe, just breathe. This is the one anchor in life that is totally free and can help you relax. Deep breathing at the start of the massage, will help relax a busy mind.
- Drink Water. I urge anyone to please hydrate after a massage because you will lessen any detox effects.
- Your comfort matters. Please let me know if there is a sensitive area you don’t want me to massage and I’ll avoid working on that spot.
- I honour and respect each person who comes for a massage. I use all my skills and knowledge during our session to make your massage a memorable one