woman gets temples massagedPeople go for massage therapy for many reasons, including simple relaxation to chronic pain and acute muscle problems. 

Anyone can get health benefits from a therapeutic massage, but how do you verbalize your individual needs? A great massage therapist will  have asked you about any short or long term medical conditions you might have, either verbally or on a client intake form. But certainly you should mention them so your massage can be modified accordingly. Certain medications for diabetes or high blood pressure might influence the type of strokes used for your individual massage needs.

You should bring up any issues not covered in the intake session that you want addressed, such as recent overuse injuries from exercise or work, or maybe a headache you are experiencing on the day of your massage therapy appointment. 

During the session, let your massage therapist know if you are uncomfortable with the room temperature, lighting, noise level, scents, etc. Most massage therapists use unscented products, but allow you to add a custom scent if you wish.

If the pressure being used is too much for your comfort level, be sure to mention that as well. It’s important to use the appropriate amount of pressure for each individual’s needs. He or she will appreciate the opportunity to provide you with the best massage possible to promote your physical and mental well-being.