Lets be honest. There are a lot of people out there who still think massage therapy is seedy and with extras involved. People wonder what goes on during a massage, so I thought I will just let you know how I (and many other therapists) practice which is with respect and discretion towards my clients. It doesn’t help our profession when people advertise that they do massage and then get something quite different from that!! So listen up!!
All my clients receive a medical questionnaire that they are required to complete, prior to the massage. This questionnaire is kept completely confidential. Its also important to find out if your client has any allergies, so for example if they had a nut allergy, almond oil would be a big no no to use during the treatment.
I always ask my clients if they have aches and pains as this means I can concentrate on the areas they have mentioned. To provide a good massage its important to know your client is happy with how much pressure you are using, so before starting the massage, I always encourage my clients to tell me if something isn’t to their satisfaction. At the end of the day I will always do my best to give a wonderful massage, but at the same time I’m not a mind reader, so if people don’t let me know what I can do to give the best massage I then can’t rectify it. My aim to provide a high quality service that is consistent each and every time a massage is given.
Also to provide a lovely massage its good to know areas clients don’t want massaging, which is totally respected as I want my clients to feel comfortable. If you don’t want your feet doing I won’t go near them.(or any other part that you specify).
During the massage I won’t actually speak to my customers unless they start a conversation. This means I can concentrate more on what I am doing, but should you want to talk,that is okay to.
During the actual massage, I have a variety of relaxing music that you can choose to listen to,or not. the choice is yours.
NOW THE ACTUAL MASSAGE!!
I get my clients to take off any jewellery that would obstruct the flow of massage or make it unsafe, such as necklaces and rings and big earrings etc. Clients undress down to their underwear, but that is all! I even leave the room whilst clients do this. Then they get under the towels on the massage bed, so they are fully covered at all times. It’s so important to maintain peoples dignity and respect their right to privacy especially as I am aware that I am a stranger to these people, providing a professional and discreet service. Only the part being massaged is exposed at anyone time and the rest of the body is completely covered. Parts that are massaged include the face, upper chest, arms, hands, stomach, legs, feet and back.
So there we go, I hope I have made massage therapy sound like something you would enjoy. So if you are suffering with aches and pains you don’t have to suffer in silence, because you are worried about the type of service you will receive.