The most essential key of receiving and giving a great massage is communication. Communication must be present between both parties and is vital for every massage session.
Regardless of what some may believe, massage therapy is a medical profession by the State of Texas. Massage therapists, like any other medical professional must adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the Texas department of health and human resources. One of the rules that is enforced is that each and every client must fill out a health assessment form. An in depth medical history must be completed before a massage will be performed.
Information such as your name, address, birth-date, phone number and medical history will need to be completed. You must sign and date the release as indicated on the form. It is optional to complete the rest of the form for additional info such as technique, pressure and aromatherapy preference. A verbal health assessment will address questions such as localized pain and if you have any contradictions not already noted on your form. Verbal assessment and session notes will be written in your file to keep track of your progress.
It is imperative that you communicate before, during and after your session. You will need to be mentally present during the session. It is your job to tell me if the pressure is too little or too much, if you have referral pain or if you have severe pain in a local area. I will occasionally ask for feedback during your session to make certain the massage pressure and strokes are to your comfort level. If I feel you are holding your breath, I will ask for you to breath. Breathing aids in bringing circulation to the affected area. This is a necessary process for those that are new to massage therapy.
A good massage therapist will watch for irregular breathing patterns, erratic movement, tense muscles or reaction to a trigger point when touched. If I come across a tender or sore area I will ask you if would like to release the trigger point (knot) or cease working in that area. I will always adjust the technique to your comfort level.
It is imperative for the therapist to listen to your massage needs and goal. To best of ability I will address any of your massage concerns and questions.
The client - therapist relationship is reciprocal. Both client and therapist work as a team to accomplish a specific massage goal. You will not receive an effective massage if you and the therapist do not communicate. This is why communication is necessary to achieve the desire results you need for massage.
Suzan Walker, LMT, CR, LDT
Connective Integration Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is not a substitution for medical treatment. The massage therapist cannot diagnose, treat or prevent disease. The therapist can only recommend products and services. Please consult a medical physician.