I was so excited this morning; I finally had some time and some extra money to get a massage.
My body had been crying out for some good bodywork for weeks and it was finally happening!
I had seen lots of comments on my recent posts about how money was probably the Number 1 deterrent for people getting regular massages and I had been thinking, but how can you put a price on a good massage? They are just so vital to your health and well-being and then it happened…I got a bad massage, well not a bad one, but not a great one and I thought “oh, this is why people don’t think it’s worth the money, this is the kind of treatments they are getting! How can I let them know that the last thing you are thinking about when you receive an exceptional massage is money?” and so here I am sharing some tips on how to make sure that your hard earned money isn’t wasted on a ‘not great’ treatment.
- Short fingernails: if your massage therapist has long manicured, or false nails, than the chances are they will not be able to give you the deep and thorough experience that you are after. Long fingernails are a no-no if you are after more than just a relaxing body rub with oil.
- Appropriate music: When you are in a receptive mode, allowing your body to let go and release, you can be incredibly open to all sorts of sensory input, therefore the music that is playing during your treatment is incredibly important. In Hawaiian Style Massage the music sets the pace for so much of the work being done, I personally choose playlists that have a blending of different sounds; from indigenous and earthy sounds like didgeridoo, shakers and flutes, nature sounds like birds and water, songs with beautiful words and messages, spiritual mantras and other music that resonates with a higher frequency. Soothing, inspirational, or high vibrational music is a vital component for a good experience…music with swearing is never appropriate when providing someone with a healing treatment (I can’t believe I actually have to even say this!)
- A therapist that takes time to connect with you: If you walk straight in and lie on the table, with only a cursory check in, you may not get a treatment that is able to access all the parts of you that are needing release. I believe it is quite valuable to take extra time before a treatment to not only find out what is going on physically for a client, but to also touch on emotional and environmental factors that may be creating disharmony within the body and mind. Having a deeper understanding of how, or why the body may be manifesting with certain aches and pains, or dis-ease is how we move towards ultimate healing. I know the clients that come to me are after more than a short term fix, they are committed to their long term well-being on all levels and having self-awareness is a part of this process.
- A designated massage space/room: Many amazing massage therapists work from home and we can’t all afford a separate space as a treatment room, however the space that is being used should still feel sacred and beautiful. If your therapist is just setting up a table in the junk room, surrounded by boxes and piles of crap, or if you can hear people making lots of noise within the house or treatment zone, it can be hard to find that Zen place where all the good stuff happens. A good therapist does not treat this work as a hobby, it can be informal and personal, while still being professional.
- Experience: If you are looking for more than a body rub with oil, make sure to check how much experience your therapist has…it is true, I have met some therapists who are just incredible with their hands from the get go, however, most people need a few years of experience, massaging lots of bodies to get a good feel for how to give the best massage possible. When I have a client on the table, their body usually talks to me; I can see the places that are tight, contracted and need some attention. I expect more than a generic massage routine when I see my therapist and so should you! Unfortunately in this industry some people are just doing it to make a quick buck, however others, like me, are doing it because they believe in the power of good bodywork and massage therapy, you can usually tell the difference very quickly.
So many of you know how devastating it is when your favourite therapist moves away, or burns out, or changes career, or is always booked up when you need them. We know how hard it is to fill that gap and how disappointing it is to spend time and money trying to find someone else just as good. As a Massage Therapist myself, I have higher expectations of what a GREAT massage should entail. When I spend the time and money on a treatment I need it to be good, I need it to do what it’s supposed to do, my body requires someone highly skilled and capable to get into all of those sore spots and overworked places, so I have probably been disappointed more than most on my quest to find good therapists. This is how I know that massage is more than a luxury though, for me and for many of us, it is a necessity and anyone who has had a really good treatment knows what a life changing experience it can be!
I would like to end by saying, that just because you go to a 5 star day spa and pay through the nose, does not mean you will get a good massage, and just because someone is massaging from their lounge room doesn’t mean you will get a bad one. There are so many of us that really are great at this work and it can be frustrating for us to hear of so many peoples bad experiences because we know that it can put you off having more treatments which isn’t good for you, or for us.
We are in this business because we want to help, because we know the healing potential possible with good bodywork and because we really care!
If you have an amazing massage therapist I’d love to know who they are, please share in the comments sections below.
Lots of Love