10 Questions to Ask Your Massage Therapist

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At Hands On Approach, we believe the relationship between the client and the massage therapist is an essential part of creating a comfortable environment for our clients. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to ten common questions you might have as a client or massage therapy student. 

What’s the Difference Between a Sport Massage and a Relaxation Massage?

A relaxation massage is a soothing, flowing, lighter experience, while a sports massage is vigorous and requires more intensity. Relaxation massages and sports massages can both be tailored to the needs and goals of the client, but sports massages are designed to stimulate the body while relaxation massages are meant to calm the client and remove tension from the body. 

Is it Normal to Have A Headache After A Massage?

Yes, headaches can arise after a massage. The massage can stimulate vascular circulation, which can cause a headache. Headaches can also be caused by laying in the headrest for too long, so it’s important to tell your therapist if the headrest is too high or low. If you’re feeling congested, lay your head to the side to breathe easier. 

What if I Get Ticklish During my Massage?

Tell your massage therapist if you’re getting ticklish so they can change their technique to make you feel more comfortable. Your massage should be a relaxing experience, and getting ticklish can disrupt that. 

Is it Normal to Have Occasional Bruising After A Massage?

It’s normal to have occasional bruising after a massage, but let your therapist know if it’s getting excessive. Anemia can make it easier to bruise from a massage, so let your therapist know if you’re anemic. 

Is it Rude to Fall Asleep on the Table?

No, it’s not rude to fall asleep during a massage. Some massage therapists even see this as a sign of trust, and it doesn’t make the massage more difficult for your therapist. 

Can Massage Make Some Injuries Worse?

Yes, some conditions can be worsened by massage therapy. Let your therapist know if you have an acute injury or an open wound so they can work around it. If you have a fever, it’s best to reschedule your massage and stay home. 

Why Does My Therapist Tell Me to Drink Lots of Water After My Massage?

This advice came from an old myth that massage releases toxins which need to be flushed from the body. There’s no evidence that massage therapy releases these toxins, but it does generate heat which can make you thirsty. Water also helps your muscles flex without pain, so staying hydrated might make your massage experience more comfortable.

What if My Therapist Uses Too Much or Too Little Pressure?

Tell your therapist if they’re using the wrong amount of pressure so they can adjust their technique and make you feel more comfortable.

Should I Tell My Therapist if She’s too Chatty?

If you’d like a silent massage, politely ask your therapist before the session begins. If the therapist refuses to stop talking, they aren’t respecting your boundaries and you should look for a new one. 

How Much Should I Tip After A Massage?

While tipping isn’t necessary, it’s a great way to show your therapist your gratitude. 15-20% is ideal after a great massage.

Massage Therapists and Classes at Hands On Approach

Whether you’re a client or student, Hands On Approach is sure to have what you’re looking for. Clients can either hire a licensed massage therapist or give a training therapist a shot for a reduced price, and students can work towards their license while practicing on real clients. For more information, or to schedule your massage, call or visit our website today!