Massage Therapy is a broad industry. There are so many different types, and then so many different styles among the therapists themselves it can begin to get a little confusing. Like every dentist is not for every patient, the same goes with massage therapists. That is not to say one therapist is better than another, but ultimately- different strokes for different folks. I encourage people to try different styles of massage and to see which one fits them best.
My first massage ever was when I was 18 years old. I was going to personal training school and got a massage in the school clinic. The guy doing the massage was pulling on my skin, slapping the area, and made my hair an oily mess. It was not a pleasant experience and I though why the heck would anybody want to pay for that!? I wrote-off the thought of going to massage school because I never wanted to do that to anyone. Finally, I gave it another shot and had an amazing experience and wound up starting a career in massage therapy.
Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stone, Sports, Aromatherapy, Therapeutic, Neuromuscular and Myofascial release are just a few of the common terms that are used to describe types of massage. Then it can even get more complicated where you create treatments that are combinations of these types. Again, I encourage people to try various types and to see what works for them. If you just want to relax, a Swedish massage or Hot Stone may be good for you. Yet, if you have something such as an injury, you may want to try Deep Tissue or Myofascial massage.
When it comes to your massage therapy appointment, no matter what type you get; communication is key to getting the results you want. Speak up about pressure, temperature, areas you want worked on, even the music! Every massage therapy treatment is completely customizable to you based on your needs for that session. If you get any sharp, stabbing, or numbing pains in an area, be sure to notify your therapist immediately. Remember, you are paying for this treatment, and communication will help you to get the most out of your time!
As massage therapists, it is especially important for us to listen to what each person is saying, each time that they visit. Recommend based on their needs presented for that day how you should approach the session. Clearly communicate with each person what they should expect before, during and after a massage therapy treatment. If someone got a deep tissue massage, let them know beforehand that they may experience soreness after so that they don’t call you wondering what happened. Just like any other relationship, communication is important.
Finding a massage therapist that is right for you can be a lot of work. Ask around, get recommendations, and don’t be afraid to speak up at your appointment. Once you become consistent with your massage therapy routine, you will notice immense benefits. Not just physically, but mentally as well- which is why massage therapy is such a powerful treatment!
Located in the Orlando area and looking to get a massage? Call Maria Sellars at 407-506-5215 to find out which treatment is best for you!