I’m always telling you to get massages and providing you reasons why you should. For those same reasons and the benefits it provides, I get massages too. I really look forward to them and make sure if at all possible that nothing will get in the way. They are an important part of my self-care. I get an additional benefit in that I sometimes learn a new technique that I can include in my work to make your massage even better, and it helps remind me of how things feel while receiving a massage instead of giving one.
I get massages from a few people. All of them are good, but I have one person I like the best. I believe that the same things that help me get the most out of my massage by working with the same person will also help you.
My massage therapist knows me and my body. I am far from perfect, but she accepts me and helps me feel better. Massage has helped me feel better about my body by giving me a positive experience and remembering it can feel good. By knowing I will be accepted and not judged, I am less self-conscious about my imperfections now. She knows what needs work and what produces the best results for me. Since she doesn’t see me daily, she can observe changes and potential problems that I haven’t noticed.
Since we have worked together for a while, we have better communication. I can explain what issues I am having and what needs attention this time. I can do this comfortably, knowing that she will take what I say professionally and know that it is intended appropriately. I can speak up during the massage and let her know if I would like something to change (such as the pressure or the temperature), or let her know what she is doing feels great. We can have a friendly chat during the massage, we can talk about something serious, or it can be quiet, and we are both fine with whatever amount of conversation occurs that time. The amount of conversation during your massage is always up to you.
I also know what to expect during the massage. This allows me to relax quickly and thoroughly. I know that I am in good hands and that I will feel much better when it is over. There is not a guessing game of wondering what will happen next, or if she is going to address my needs that we talked about before starting.
Much of this boils down to that we have developed trust. We both know what to expect from each other. A great massage requires great communication. To fully relax, you need to have enough trust to let your guard down, which can make you feel a bit vulnerable. Opening that gate can let out some of what is trapped inside and allow other good things in. You can leave behind the negatives that you have been carrying around and become open to more positives. You may be surprised at the peace that you can experience.
If you have been bouncing around among massage therapists, whether in a spa or chain environment, or purchasing daily deals, you may be missing out on the benefits you can realize. Work with the same massage therapist and see if you can get greater results by developing trust with them. I believe that is a major factor in much of the results I have helped my customers reach.
Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio. Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com