As a massage therapist in Fort Worth, I get a lot of massages myself. I try to get one a month, and what I’d really love is one massage a week. And, sometimes I do just that. I love that massage makes me feel more relaxed and that my neck is less stiff and my hips stop hurting. I mean – walking is a GOOD thing, right?
There are some things I don’t like about some massages I have received.
Spraying alcohol on my feet
This is a pet peeve of mine for several reasons. For starters, alcohol is cold and when I feel cold on my feet when I’m not expecting it then I stop feeling relaxed. It makes me completely wake up from my massage induced stupor of zen. Also, my feet aren’t disgusting! I get that some people have less than sanitary feet, but you know what’s better than spraying something cold on my body? A warm towel. That’s what I do with my clients. They get a nice warm towel that keeps them in that state of zen. If I’m going to spritz anything like peppermint or tea tree, I’d do that on the towel ahead of time.
Laughing at me
So, here’s the thing about me. My pain tolerance around my low back, hips, hamstrings and quads is pretty low. And, I don’t want to wince in pain when I get a massage. Most therapists don’t want their clients to wince either. Though a few times when I said, “That’s way too much pressure.” The therapist snickered at me. And, that made me feel awful. I felt bad about myself, towards the therapist, and my poor muscles hurt even worse.
Talking too much
I don’t talk a lot anyway. And I talk less while giving or receiving a massage. I want to give my client that state of zen that I like to feel when I’m on the massage table. So, I don’t really talk during the massage except to just check in sometimes. Now, if my client wants to talk, then that’s fine! I’ll talk the whole time if they would like.
So, there ya go. That’s the skinny on what I don’t like during a massage. What about you? What don’t you like? Leave a comment on my post and let me know!