When you come in for your massage, the first thing I ask you to do is have a seat. I have a big comfy couch, a big cozy chair, and a sturdy wooden chair with strong arms (which is essential if you have trouble getting in or out of a chair for any reason). And we talk. Well, you talk. I listen, and ask some questions. Every massage begins with a conversation. This conversation might be brief. You might simply tell me what’s going on in your body, where you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. We’ll look at what might have triggered this problem and discuss some preventive measures to avoid this pain in the future. I use this information to map out your massage and determine what areas of your body are going to need the most attention.
But this conversation often leads to much more. This might be a time for you to unload the stresses of the day, or the week. You might just find yourself talking about the problem you’re having with your son, or your sister, or your boss. Maybe you’ll share your excitement about an upcoming trip to Peru. Perhaps you’ll tell me you’re dreaming about running your first 5K. When you walk through the door, I never know what you’re carrying with you physically, mentally, or emotionally. But this is my time to find out. I need to reassure you that whatever you tell me, you are most certainly NOT complaining, even though it may feel that way to you. It’s important for me to learn about the stresses in your life, both good and bad, so that I can support you through the body work you are about to receive. I’m going to discover where your body holds these stresses by way of muscular tension, adhesions, and trigger points. Because our bodies don’t just hold physical pain and injuries. We hold emotional stress and pain in our muscles and viscera also. So again, I’m going to map out your session in my mind. And I’ll get a sense of the energy work that I’m going to mix in to your session as well.
Each conversation closes with a question: What are your needs today? This is your time to tell me what you want and need from your massage therapy session. Again, I’m listening and fine tuning my mental map of your session. Because this is your time, and it’s your massage. And when you leave my studio, you’re going to feel so much better.