Without a doubt, getting a regular massage has a lot of benefits for people who have booked an appointment with their massage therapists.
With plenty of science-backed benefits to massage therapy, there really is no longer any question that wellness massage is good for your health.
In spite of this, some questions about massage therapy remain unanswered, due largely to the fact that clients and patients find these questions awkward to ask.
Hence, we are addressing these common questions about massage therapy below.
How can I tell if an intense bodywork massage is therapeutic?
While not every holistic massage is painless, not everything that hurts can also be considered therapeutic. After all, getting a painful massage would be counterproductive to your massage goals.
So, if the pressure feels wrong to you at the outset, such that it feels like an ugly type of pain, be assertive and politely tell your therapist to stop.
Take only as much pressure as you can stand. Ugly pain is never okay. In fact, it might even result in either a direct injury or a sensory injury.
Bear in mind that everyone has an incredibly varied tolerance to massage pressure. Therefore, it is vital that you get a chatty massage therapist who talks to you about pressure, respects your pressure preferences, and gives careful attention to the right amount of intensity that should be applied in different areas of your body.
I do not want to insult my deep tissue massage therapist, but the pressure is just not deep enough for me. What should I do?
As previously discussed, there are three secrets to getting a good massage:
a communicative therapist who
is respectful of your pressure preferences and
is attentive to the intensity levels that should be accorded to the different areas of the body.
That said, communication between you, as the client, and your therapist, as the massage provider, is key.
Otherwise, how can you expect to receive the best therapeutic massage possible for your unique situation?
Is it normal to feel bruised once in a while after my massage session?
That depends on the type of massage that you are getting.
For some, it is normal to feel sore after a session since it is their body’s physical response to unaccustomed muscles being stretched and stimulated.
If you are new to massage or have not had a massage lately, it is likely that you will feel a few slight bruises afterwards.
However, it is not normal to bruise after getting a sports massage. We advise you to check with your doctor if such a case arises.
What must I do if I get ticklish?
Communicate with your massage therapist so that they can adjust their technique or touch and diminish the sensation.
Is it more effective if I get a massage with (or without) underwear?
The answer to this common massage question depends on the type of therapy that you are getting.
Usually, a professional therapist will ask you to undress only to the level that you are comfortable with.
However, if the reason why you are getting a massage is because of problems in areas like your lower back, buttocks, hips, or groin, wearing underwear can sometimes hinder massage work, and you might have to remove your clothing.
What if I fall asleep?
It is very common for clients to fall asleep on the table, so you don’t have to worry about that at all.
On the contrary, it can even be considered as a compliment since it is understood as an act of trust on your part.
By falling asleep, you are essentially trusting your therapist to provide you with a complete healing process. Besides, a massage is meant to make you relax, right?
How much should I give as a tip to my massage therapist?
You are never required to give a tip for any massage session since gratuity is more of an act of gratitude.
But if you were pleased with their awesome service, 15%-20% is the standard percentage.
Make sure to place the money inside the envelope that the massage clinic provides and write your therapist’s full name on the face of the envelope in order to avoid confusion.
If no envelope is provided, either add the tip when you go to the counter to pay or give the cash to your therapist.
Should I make a conversation during my appointment?
Some clients may like to talk throughout the massage session, but don’t feel like you are obligated to do the same.
After all, your aim is to receive a massage treatment that meets your needs. So, just relax and feel the comfort of being massaged.
What if I get an erection?
No need to get embarrassed. It is entirely normal for men to get an erection sometimes during a non-sexual massage therapy.
Whether it’s during a deep tissue therapy or relaxation massage, gentle touches anywhere on the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, and this leads to an erection.
A Word from TAWA Products
Whether you are new to massage or just have questions about massage therapy, don’t be reluctant to ask your massage therapist about it.
A professional therapist would be happy to answer your questions so you can get the most out of your massage treatment.