Have a goal in mind
Come into your massage session knowing what you want. The massage you‚Äôll receive if you tell the therapist you‚Äôre just looking to unwind will be much different than if you tell them you‚Äôd like to release knots in your shoulders built up during long days at the office.
‚ÄúHopefully the massage therapist has an intake form, and the client fills out areas of pain or discomfort,‚ÄĚ Emmanuel said. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs this little interaction where they both agree what needs to be done. A lot of the incidents that happen in massage take place either because of that interaction not happening or one person not listening to the other.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThere is a great comic I‚Äôve seen where a massage therapist is facing a client and saying, ‚ÄėLet me understand this: you have had this pain now for a year, but you want me to get rid of it in 60 minutes?‚Äô It doesn‚Äôt work that way.‚ÄĚ
That being said, massage therapists are not miracle workers.
Bottom line: you can expect some relief from a one-off session, but you‚Äôll feel your best with a regular series of massages.