5 Things Consumers Should Know about Massage Therapy

Guest post from Elise Degrass 

When people think of massage therapy, they generally think of the beach side spa, but there is more to it than just a vacation activity. Massage therapy can have benefits to people who suffer from muscle pain, tension headaches, and other issues. Here are five things that consumers should know about massage therapy.

1. Know what to ask for. There are different types of massages and if you already know what to expect from the massage, you will have a better experience. Here are some of the most popular:
· Chair Massage – a quick upper body massage where you sit in a chair and is good for when you don’t have time for a full body massage.
· Sports Massage – this massage is geared toward athletes and people who are physically active and helps maintain muscle flexibility.
· Deep Tissue Massage – this is where the massage therapist works deeper into the muscles and for those who have suffered injuries this is a great choice.
· Swedish Massage – probably the most popular it is a full body massage that is wonderful for general relaxation.

2. Communication is important. There are things that the massage therapist might need to know about you. For instance, if you have skin allergies, are sensitive to strong smells, and if you are a woman, whether or not you are pregnant. During the massage, if the massage therapist hits a tender area or causes pain, they need to know this, too. The more information the massage therapist has, the better they can create a memorable experience for you.

3. Be on time. Being late isn’t just an issue for the massage therapist, but also cost you. If you arrive after being rushed, you won’t be relaxed and will have a harder time preparing for your massage. It also goes into the time that would normally be spent on the massage itself. It is in your best interest to arrive early so that you can put your things away, and decompress so that you get the most from your massage.

4. Expect the unexpected from your body. When you experience a massage, sometimes your body relaxes to the point that it has some embarrassing reactions. A runny nose or releasing gas can be disturbing, especially if it’s your first massage and you aren’t expecting it. Massage therapist are already aware of these possibilities and have seen it before. It is suggested that you not eat for about an hour before your massage.

5. Should you tip a massage therapist? The answer to this question is yes, if it hasn't already been added in. Most massages are priced by the hour, and some places add on the gratuity to that. The best idea is to be prepared and ask about this at the time you set your appointment or before you go in for the massage. The general rule for tipping is 15-20% of the total cost.

A massage can be a relaxing treat and these tips are things that consumers should know to make the best of their experience.

Elise Degrass writes about Massage Therapy Schools for Massage Therapy.net

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