Top 10 Massage Tips
Top ten things to ask a Massage Therapist
Do I need to bring anything?
Just yourself, as professional massage therapist we supply all that is required. We have a massage table that is set up for our height to ensure our back well being and to perform the perfect massage for you.
Do I have to wear undies?
Some therapists prefer that you do, but it is up to you. If you do prefer to wear underwear, we will tuck a towel into the top of your undies and roll them down so we can massage your glutes. Otherwise we will keep your private areas covered with towels or sarongs at all times, even in Ka Huna massages so that your privacy is respected.
Do I need to be toweled?
As professional massage therapist we usually follow a protocol about draping, that is covering our clients with towels. We keep all areas covered that are not being massaged except during Ka Huna massages where we drape with sarongs. With towel draping, the area being massaged will warm up, so we need to keep the other areas of the body toweled and warm. You will feel cocooned under your towel and this gives you a real sense of comfort.
Are you a therapist or masseuse?
In reality we are both, however, with such a lot of misunderstanding about massage service and adult services, we prefer therapist. A professional therapist has completed a lot of training to be able to offer clients a well-planned massage with ongoing treatment plan to help alleviate your aches and pains.
Do I have to take my clothes off?
Yes, it is much easier and way more beneficial for you. We fully understand that you may not be comfortable being naked in front of a stranger however, therapist treat many clients and we see the body as a whole and as unit that requires our professional treatment. At your treatment you will be shown to your treatment room and your therapist will leave your for a few minutes to allow you to undress and pop onto the bed under the towel.
Homework – Really ?
Yes – if you have sort treatment with a Remedial Massage Therapist they will more than likely give you soft exercises or stretches to do daily. You will have booked a remedial therapist for an injury, or aches and pains and the ongoing homework will help to alleviate the pain.
What if my body makes noises?
It’s ok, it’s a compliment!! You may snore – that’s great you are so relaxed and enjoying your treatment. Tummy rumbles, passing wind it all happens because your body is now in the rest and digest mode. It’s all part of your massage treatment. Just relax and enjoy – it’s all part of our job.
Can I talk in a massage?
Most people like to chat at the beginning of the treatment – it helps them feel comfortable and relaxed. As the massage proceeds most will go into a relaxed sleep mode. Clients can use their therapists as sounding board for pressures and stress in their lives. Even though this is not part of the job, therapist care and are happy to let you unwind.
Will my massage hurt me?
Depending on what type of massage you are having. A Swedish Massage is a relaxation massage whereas a Deep Tissue massage is much slower and deeper to help knotted and tight muscles let go.
Your therapist will ask you how the pressure is throughout the massage – don’t be shy, tell them to back off or get into more! If your therapist pressure gets too much for you, don’t hesitate to ask them to change the pressure. Everyone’s idea of a firm massage is different. It’s your massage to have how you want – your therapist wants you to receive the treatment you are looking for.
How will I feel after my massage?
Having a remedial or deep tissue massage you may experience a little of bit of pain for up to 24 hours after your treatment. Second day you should feel great! Your therapist will advise you of this before you leave. They should recommend that you drink plenty of water, particularly in the first hour after your massage. They may also recommend heat, ice and or stretches as after care for your treatment. A relaxation massage should have you floating out the door – hydration is still recommended after any sort of massage.