Happy Canada Day! Here’s hoping the skies clear up so that we can all enjoy celebrating the day at Elgin Park. As mentioned I’m spending this month celebrating my 5 year work anniversary with back to basics blogs and lots of giveaways on my Facebook page so be sure you go like my page now.
The biggest, most important thing to know about getting a massage is that this is YOUR treatment. Just because your doctor thinks it should be relaxation and your neighbour thinks it should hurt and your husband likes his feet rubbed and your hair dresser says she keeps her clothes on for her appointment does not mean YOU need to feel the same way.
To begin with – massage therapists can work over clothes. If you want to stay dressed – that is completely okay! If you want to take everything off but your socks – that works too! Socks off but underwear and bra on? Go for it. Most massage therapists won’t even really notice so you don’t need to be worried about being judged. I make sure to not use lotion on clothes or anything silly like that but at the end of the day I have no idea who wore what or why. Once you are on the table you’ll be covered by a sheet anyway and I will only move that sheet if it is okay with you while we work on a specific area.
Which brings me to the next point. Your massage can be focused on whichever areas you want. I may make suggestions based on your initial complaint and health history about areas that I think would be beneficial to have worked, but at the end of the day if you don’t want me touching your feet because you are ticklish I’m not going to push the issue.
Finally being in pain for an hour is probably not going to get rid of your headache. There is a mentality that nothing is happening in your massage if you aren’t in need of a strap to bite on. This is not true. Some muscles may be tight and uncomfortable to have worked but it shouldn’t be unbearable pain. Your pain tolerance is completely individual so your massage therapist is relying on you to provide feedback about what feels helpful and what is not working for you. Most massage therapists will check in about pressure as they work but you should also feel able to speak up at any time if you want the pressure changed.
Every time you get a massage you should feel like it’s exactly the hour you were looking forward to. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your massage therapist to find a way to make your appointment more comfortable.
This week’s giveaway is a 30 minute massage and a 15 mL bottle of Young Living Purification oil blend.
Be sure to check out my Facebook page for more details this week.