Many people have never had a massage simply because the are unsure of the process and what they need to do to get the most from the massage experience. The following tips should help answer many of the questions you may have about your part in the massage procedure:
First Massage? – Be sure to let your therapist know it’s your first time so they can better assist you with how they do things. They should tell you where to put your clothes and how they want you to lay on the bed to start the massage. If they don’t, ask.
Get Undressed – All therapists are taught the art of keeping all private areas of the body covered while exposing only the part of your body that needs massaging. Modesty will be respected at all times. With that in mind, if you undress completely, it makes the therapist’s job easier. However, you should undress to your level of comfort.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate – Communication is the key to a relaxing, effective massage. The best time for the therapist to determine your specific needs is during the consultation prior to starting your massage. This is your opportunity to let the therapist customize the massage based on the input you provide. Some examples of communication may be:
- “I would like you to focus a little more on my neck and shoulders”
- “I really don’t like to have my feet massaged.”
- “My shins tend to be sensitive and a lot of pressure hurts.”
Your needs may be similar or very different from these examples. Whatever your needs may be, keep in mind you are paying for the time allowed for the massage, it should be exactly how you want it.
Relax! – Absolutely do not feel the need to talk during the massage. It is your time to completely relax and unwind. A good therapist will take the cue from you. If you don’t start a conversation then they shouldn’t either.
Wake Up – The massage therapist will let you know when they are finished and they are leaving the room. Take a couple of minutes to regroup; gather your thoughts and redress. Don’t rush but, at the same time, don’t dawdle as there may be another appointment scheduled after yours.
That’s basically it. Each spa may vary slightly in their procedure. The receptionist is usually well aware of the practices of their facility so you can always call ahead to familiarize yourself.