Did you ever see this episode of Seinfeld:
Jerry: So she’s giving me the massage and I’m just making conversation.
Elaine: I don’t like to talk during a massage.
Jerry: Neither do I, but I do it for them. I figure they’re bored.
George: Yeah, I do that too. I feel guilty about getting the pleasure. I feel
like I don’t deserve it so I talk. It stops me from enjoying it.
Your massage therapist is not bored. And you do deserve to enjoy your massage. As a client I find it more relaxing to completely zone out. I don’t want to chit-chat during my massage. But maybe you do, and that’s okay too. It’s your massage. We all have different ways of relaxing. If talking is your way of relaxing, then talk. But don’t feel like you have to. I’ll follow your lead.
One caveat: I want your massage to be perfect for you. So if I need to make any changes, let me know. Too cold? Too warm? Hate the music? Too much pressure? Too little? I’ll check in with you one or twice to be sure the pressure is good, but you can speak up at any time if you need more or less.