Rub Away The Day

Communication is key

The more you communicate with your therapist, the better your massage will be. “There’s a concept in massage therapy that is called ‘informed consent,’” Emmanuel said. “Informed consent basically means the clients, the patients, the person on the table having enough information to make a decision as to whether they can continue the session or not. That can happen throughout the session.”

This is a two-way street. Your therapist should also tell you when they’re about to delve into a particularly tender muscle so you can give them the go-ahead or suggest they move on to another area.

“[Clients] can say no,” Emmanuel said. “Many times they’re just not [going to] because they want to be nice. [But then] it becomes a bad experience.”