What type of massage is best for me?
I get asked that question frequently and the answer is – it depends.
It can be confusing or overwhelming at times looking over a list of services offered by your massage therapist. They all sound good, right?
Depending on what’s happening in your body, your energy, your emotional and mental state – the best treatment could really vary from time to time.
Communication with your therapist is key to receiving the outcome that you are looking for when you go for a massage. You need to be specific if you are looking for a specific experience. Or sometimes, it’s nice to just “have the experience” and have the “Calgon, take me away!” moments.
For example, if you’ve scheduled a one hour therapeutic massage and you describe areas that you are feeling tension and you really only want those areas worked on, just say so!
It’s perfectly okay to say – “you can skip my legs and feet” if you only want your back, neck and shoulders worked on.
On the flip side of that coin, it’s important for us as therapists to listen to what the client is asking for. If someone has scheduled a one hour therapeutic massage and is telling me about tension in the back, neck, and shoulders, I will often say – “so those are the areas that we will spend the majority of time on, but do you want a full body massage with just a “quick hello” to the other areas of the body or just those areas that are speaking to you right now?”
Their response is usually yes, full body but had I not asked, I may have just done back, neck and shoulders and left the client feeling unbalanced and wondering why I skipped parts of the body.
Because everything is connected, we often discover areas in the body that the client wasn’t even aware of that were sore, because they’ve been so focused on the areas of tension that were most prominent.
Also, sometimes what we think we need might not be the best fit. I often find that super duper stressed out people who come in knotted up like a pretzel and want you to pummel the heck out of them, would really benefit more from something slower and a little more gentle and grounding. So sometimes, I’ll suggest a little of both in one session.
Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be sure that you have the best experience that your body needs while you are on the table.