A massage can serve as a way to relax and unwind after a stressful week, or it can be a useful way to recover from injuries and tension. Whatever your reasons for having a massage, it’s important to communicate with your massage therapist before your treatment. If you’re not used to having massages and this is a new environment for you, you may be unsure which questions to ask and which information to divulge to your massage therapist. Here are 6 things you should always tell your massage therapist before and after getting on the table

6 Things You Should Tell Your Massage Therapist

  1. Injuries (Old and New): Always discuss any injuries and when they occurred. If you have long-standing injuries causing you pain, your massage therapist will know how to target them. Similarly, if you have a new injury, they’ll know to avoid it or treat it differently.
  2. Allergies: Let your practitioner know of your allergies or intolerances. Oils, lotions, and creams are applied to the skin during the session. At A Valley of Vitality, we use all natural and organic products. If you have any allergies, it’s important to notify your therapist about them beforehand, so they can avoid applying anything that may cause discomfort later on.
  3. Where You Feel Tightness or Pain: Any areas of concern are important to discuss, too. For example, if you experience significant pressure in your lower back or have knots on your shoulders, they’re worth paying particular attention to. Your massage therapist can adapt the massage pressure to meet your needs and concerns, rather than only finding out about a problem when they’re working on you. This is also a good time to talk about any area that may be painful that they need to avoid.
  4. Pregnancy: If there’s a chance you might be pregnant, it’s important to let your therapist know. While certain types of massage can be beneficial for those who are expecting, some areas of the body may need to be avoided, especially early in your pregnancy.
  5. Too Much or Too Little Pressure: As the session continues, feel free to ask your therapist to adjust the pressure or move on and return to another area. Ultimately, a massage is about healing and enjoying yourself-there are no prizes for staying quiet if something hurts!
  6. You Discover a New Pain: If you notice any new discomfort or pain during your session, speak up. If you’re experiencing your first massage, you may not be used to the sensations involved, so you may feel a little more sensitive initially. Your massage therapist can lighten their pressure or explore more gently to see if there’s something they can do to help you.

Our Massage Therapists are Here to Help

As with any service, mutual communication is key. Your massage therapist is thereto help you feel relaxed and loosen tight soft tissue, so let them know what you need to feel better. If you’re in the Prescott area and want to feel revitalized and refreshed, our massage therapists are happy to help. We offer a range of restorative services, from prenatal massage and Chinese cupping to reflexology and sports massage. You can click here to see our opening hours, view our full range of services, and request an appointment.