Massage is kinda weird.
We aren’t a high-touch society. We don’t touch strangers, and we may even feel weird touching our friends and family. So it can be awkward to get massage. We don’t know what we’re supposed to do.
Just telling us to “Relax!” doesn’t cut it.
To start, allow the full weight of your body to sink into the table and take full, deep breaths. This can be difficult. Don’t be hard on yourself. If you notice your mind racing, thinking about all the things left to do today, bring your attention back to your breath. If you’re clenching your jaw rethinking an argument with a friend, allow the muscle to soften.
Again, this can be difficult. Don’t be hard on yourself. But if you’re clenching your jaw or holding your breath because the massage hurts…
What if it hurts?
Sometimes, when getting a massage, folks describe feeling a “good pain” or a “good hurt.” It’s an intense sensation, but it feels right. Like sweet relief. This is totally fine.
But sometimes, pain is just pain. If you find yourself tensing your muscles in an effort to avoid the pain, tell your massage therapist. We can adjust the massage so it doesn’t hurt. We’re here to help you feel better, not worse.
Should I talk?
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don’t feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. Many people close their eyes and try to relax. Your massage therapist should take the cue from you.
But please be sure to speak up if you:
- Feel too hot or cold
- Are in pain
- Have any questions about the massage
- Forgot to mention a health issue during the consultation
What if I fall asleep?…or drool?!
Falling asleep during a massage is very common. I almost always fall asleep when I get a massage. It’s totally fine to snore or drool.
What if I have to pee?
Please tell us. We have a bathroom in our office. Holding it for the duration of the massage is not relaxing!
So there you have it. A few guidelines for what to do during your massage. Did I miss anything? Let me know.
And remember, your massage therapist will ask about the pressure and your level of comfort. This is your massage. If you are too cold or hot, if the pressure is too light, deep, or painful or if anything is interfering with you relaxing it is important to speak up.