Rub Away The Day

Have a goal in mind

Come into your massage session knowing what you want. The massage you’ll receive if you tell the therapist you’re just looking to unwind will be much different than if you tell them you’d like to release knots in your shoulders built up during long days at the office.

“Hopefully the massage therapist has an intake form, and the client fills out areas of pain or discomfort,” Emmanuel said. “There’s 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.”

That being said, massage therapists are not miracle workers.

“There is a great comic I’ve seen where a massage therapist is facing a client and saying, ‘Let me understand this: you have had this pain now for a year, but you want me to get rid of it in 60 minutes?’ It doesn’t work that way.”

Bottom line: you can expect some relief from a one-off session, but you’ll feel your best with a regular series of massages.