A common mistake of massage therapists is that they are unaware of their customers’ needs. They assume that what their clients need is immediate relief from pain and stress. This is a wrong assumption, as it is important to identify the clients’ needs before starting any treatment. Some clients may also require additional services that are not included in the regular massaging techniques.
A proper understanding of the body is important to understand the clients’ requirements better. In this regard, the massage therapist should ask the client about his health history and medical history. The clients’ doctor can be contacted to clarify any health questions or concerns. The clients should also describe their pain and discomfort problem using verbal and non-verbal clues. The problem should be articulated in a positive manner and in such a way that it can be understood by the therapist. Any health information that clients disclose during the session can be used by the therapist in providing massage services.
The therapist should make sure to keep the clients comfortable and relaxed during the entire session. If a client feels uncomfortable, then he/she should stop the session immediately. The therapist should also pay attention to the clients’ body movements and take necessary precautionary measures to avoid injury.
While conducting massage therapy at home, the client should ensure that the room is kept in a clean and hygienic state. Cleanliness of the room includes removing any clutter, dust, or stains on the carpet or any surface inside the room. Washing of hands and body should be done regularly and washing the feet and hair should also be done regularly. The massage therapist should also keep the clients well hydrated with plenty of water and food should be served to them regularly.
The therapist should teach the clients not to rub their eyes or head during the session. The clients should avoid rubbing their neck or shoulders as this may cause pain. The clients should also keep their foreheads elevated when they are lying down on a mat to prevent muscle strain. In case of swelling on the forehead or on the neck, the clients should consult a doctor immediately.
A client should wash his/her hands before and after the session and should avoid touching his/her skin with hands other than those used during the massage. The therapist should take care to check the clients’ forearms and elbows before applying pressure on them. When using a pumice stone, the clients should place the stone on smooth, level surfaces like bathroom tiles or marble. The therapist should first ask the clients to close their eyes. Then, the therapist should start massaging the muscles of the arms, legs, chest, back, buttocks, and neck. He/she may also perform Swedish massage and deep tissue massage techniques.
Before the therapy session, the therapist should inform the clients about the possible discomforts that they may experience during the treatment. It may be a good idea to tell the clients about what they can expect from the treatment, since most of the clients will be aware of what discomfort to avoid. If the clients are aware of the discomforts, then they will be better equipped to deal with them.
If the client feels any pains after the therapy, he/she should inform the massage therapist immediately. The clients should also try to stay calm and speak in a soothing manner. The massage therapist should respond immediately and stop the session if the client shows signs of pain or discomfort. The clients should not lock lips or make kissing noises while being treated.