Frequently Asked Questions
The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to insult my massage therapist. What should I do?
Communication between client and therapist is essential to provide the best therapeutic massage possible. A professional massage therapist should not be offended by a client who asks them for deeper work or to move a little left or right. If they do get offended, then find another therapist.
Is there such a thing as too much pressure, or should I take as much as I can stand?
Yes. A therapeutic massage can at times be intense, but, it should never be painful. A painful massage is counterproductive.
What should I do if I get ticklish during a massage?
Communicate with your therapist. The therapist will adjust their touch/technique to help diminish the sensation.
Why do I sometimes get a headache after a massage?
While uncommon, massage does affect vascular circulation which for some could elicit a headache. Also, excessive pressure on the sinus cavity from being face down in the face rest could bring on a headache. Anytime you feel excessive congestion, which is quite common, turn your head to the side to help you breathe. Communicate with your therapist if your face rest is uncomfortable because it’s angled too low or too high.
Is it normal to bruise once in a while after a session?
If the treatment consists of structural integration techniques, then yes, bruising may occur due to the intensity of this type of work.
Sometimes I fall asleep on the table. Does that make things difficult for the therapist?
No, not at all. As a matter of fact, it can be construed as an act of trust. When your client is so comfortable and trusting of you, they fall asleep on the table, this is considered a huge compliment—they have completely given themselves to their therapist. A client who talks during their entire massage session is not reaping the rewards of the complete healing process the therapist is attempting to provide.
Why does my therapist always tell me to drink lots of water after the massage is over?
Massage therapy releases toxins. Your massage therapists ask clients to drink plenty of water to help flush out these toxins.