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What Do I Need to Tell My Massage Therapist-Before getting a massage, your massage therapist needs to know a few things about you. This is why it is important that we go over an intake with you. Do you have any health conditions? What is your pain tolerance? These are just examples of things that we are going to need to know about you to ensure that your massage is relaxing and is as pleasurable as possible.

  1. Health Conditions

Things like chronic pain are things that you need to tell your massage therapist about. There are different types of massages they can use to alleviate the pain and the symptoms that are brought upon by chronic pain. A deep tissue massage would help chronic pain the most, as the massage focuses more on the muscles.

You will also need to be sure you tell them if you have a cold or any contagious illness. It’s only fair if you warn them that you may be contagious, because most likely they won’t want to become sick and risk their other clients getting sick too.

Tell them of any allergies you have. If you have an allergy to an ingredient in one of the lotions or oils, they need to know to ensure they don’t use them on you.

  1. What You Are Getting a Massage For

Are you stressed? Do you have limits to your range of motion? Are you in pain? Do you just want to relax? Do you have a condition for which the symptoms can be relieved by massage therapy? Is there scar tissue that needs to be worked out? Not knowing why you’re there is hard on the massage therapist, as they don’t know exactly how they can help you.

  1. Medications Being Taken

Some medications if combined with a massage could actually be harmful if not fatal. For example, if you are taking blood pressure medication and your therapist doesn’t know this, your blood pressure could decrease and you could become dizzy. If you are taking pain meds or muscle relaxers, you won’t be able to communicate with your therapist about depth of pressure and range of motion. If you are taking blood thinners, massage may be contraindicated especially if you bruise super easily. If you can brush up against an unknown object and walk away looking as if you were mauled by a vicious beast, massage probably is not a good idea. Reiki or Reflexology may be a better option for some medications.

  1. How Much Pain Can You Handle?

If you don’t tell your massage therapist about your pain tolerance, you may find that you’re in a lot of pain – especially if your pain tolerance is very low. It’s important that you let us know how much pressure you can handle because something that may not be painful to somebody else, may be extremely painful for you. I personally am NOT in the “No Pain – No Gain Club”. There is a difference between discomfort and pain. Sometimes discomfort is necessary. I do not believe pain ever is.

On the flip side, if you can handle pain, you need to tell your massage therapist that too. You don’t want them to not apply enough pressure and not get the full experience of a massage. You want a massage to work and for it to be worth your money.

I generally say on a pain scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is you feel nothing and 10 is you want to knock my lights out, I prefer not to have my lights knocked out so as soon as you feel the urge to curl your toes, grit your teeth, or form a fist, let me know so I can back off on pressure. If you are tensing up that much not only will the massage be less beneficial, but you can actually cause me harm that could limit my ability to help others.

  1. The Number of Times You’ve Gotten a Massage

Obviously they don’t need the exact number of times you’ve gotten a massage, but if we know that you’ve had multiple massages, they know that you are familiar enough to know what is to be expected and what depth of pressure and to some degree what techniques you like or do not like and maybe even what products you like or do not like.

It’s extremely important that your massage therapist is warned about these things. Our main goal is to ensure that your massage is the best that it can possibly be. If you don’t tell us that you can’t handle pain, then you may walk away from you massage feeling very sore. Massages should be relaxing and you should never feel like you need to grit your teeth just to make it through a massage, so ensure that you provide your massage therapist with all the tools to make it as relaxing as possible for you.

 

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Reflexology always fascinates me. Today, as I was working on some’s feet, she coughed out of nowhere .. I snickered and explained. Hmmm … that’s interesting. I was just working on your Lung Reflex point in your foot when you coughed.

After moving to the other foot, she had the same “congestion” in her lung area so as I worked on it, I asked her if she had a history of bronchitis or pneumonia. (She didn’t mention it in her intake form.) Her reply was that she had just recently gotten over an upper respiratory infection.

It never ceases to amaze me how whatever is going on in your body can show up in your feet!