Communication

Communication between Client and Therapist is one of the most important things in our relationship.

For the health, safety and well-being of our clients, proper intakes and assessments need to take place, as well as follow ups, and updating our client database if there are any changes to the clients health.

I get upset when I hear or read accounts of people distraught because they are in agony days after they have received what was supposed to be a relaxing massage. Most are never advised that they may be tender (although imho not THAT tender 4+ days after) and how to address things if the result of the massage has them feeling unwell.

Since most of the work I personally do ends up being remedial, or injury related, I have clients who visit and talk to me about how painful it is to have their issue treated, and when I start to work on them, it's almost like working on someone who suffers from PTSD.
You can hear the change in their breathing, and feel the tension  in their bodies before you've laid a hand on them.

This is why I re-iterate  at every visit, that it so important for a client to let me know if something feels painful or uncomfortable.
I NEED to know if something doesnt feel good,  so that I can adjust my treatment method to the situation.
Even if you feel silly about what you are experiencing, please never be afraid to provide us with feedback.
Whether you just don't enjoy having a particular area of the body worked on,  or you feel/felt a nail, or the therapists elbow feels uncomfortable. Whatever the discomfort may be, there are ways we can alter the treatment to prevent you from not being able to relax during the treatment.

Don't get me wrong, there are injuries or chronic pain which may be painful with our without being treated, what we are looking for  is a pain or discomfort outside the normal scope.

Deep tissue work doesn't mean it has to be painful.

Stretching doesn't have to be painful.

Getting those "knots" out doesn't have to be painful.

Repeat after me: MASSAGE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL!

When you are in  pain, or are uncomfortable, you begin to hold your breath. This is a detriment to your treatment because part of what we are trying to do with warming the tissue, and improving circulation is increasing the oxygen flow to your  muscles and tissue to help them repair. Holding your breath wont allow that oxygen to flow freely.
Not only that but then  you begin to tense up, your muscles tighten, and all that stress we are trying to eliminate just builds up and builds up.

Your therapist should always chat with  you after your session and make you aware of some of the effects you may experience following a massage treatment. They should also make you feel comfortable enough to call them if you experience anything you consider unusual.
Massage Aftercare is so very important.

So when you're asked to let me know if something feels painful, I'm looking for something that breaches maybe a 6 or 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. Where 10 is the most excruciating pain you've ever experienced. Even at a 7, I can guess you are probably already holding your breath or thinking "ohhh that feels weird".

So Talk to us, giving us feedback will allow us to give you the best possible treatment, and ensure that you leave our clinic feeling good.

That's why you came to visit us after all.