Misconceptions About What Massage Is
Massage is an expensive luxury service. When you say massage, the image that most people conjure up is a scene at a luxury destination spa where people are waiting at your beck and call. This sort of imagery can make most people feel that massage is not within their reach financially. This does not have to be how it should be and I want to change this viewpoint.
Massage isn't a viable treatment for pain and injuries. Europe and Canada have long recognized massage for its therapeutic quality as a stress reliever and for injury treatment. All over the world, many countries practice a more preventative approach to health care.
Massage is going to hurt. Massage should never hurt. If it hurts, the therapist is either not paying attention or is not checking in. A good massage therapist is also a good communicator. If a therapist is not listening to you when you mention that something hurts, then end the massage right away. A massage is never supposed to be painful. A comfortable soreness is acceptable but pain is not.
Massage is going to tickle me. If a massage is tickling someone, then it can be that more pressure is needed. If you are prone to being ticklish, let your therapist know so they can apply a different quality of pressure.
All massage therapists are vegetarian, into new age and worship crystals. There are many massage therapists who are vegetarian, new age and believe in crystals and that's cool, but not every therapist is the same.
Massage therapists are judgemental. No therapist is judgemental about a client's body shape.
So there you have it, a few of the misconceptions about massage therapy as a profession and massage therapists in general. I'm sure you've heard others. It's important to show the world the professionals that massage therapists are so that we can spread the positive messages about massage therapy as a positive addition to a healthy lifestyle. ; ')