Tag Archive for massage therapy

On the Table: When Should You Speak Up?

On the Table is an ongoing series where I try to address concerns from the client perspective. Have a question? Comment below!

Being on the massage table creates an interesting dynamic: one of you is vulnerable and horizontal, and the other is fully dressed and mobile. We call this a power differential. If the therapist is careless, the power differential can swing to the point where the client feels like they are not “allowed” to give feedback about their treatment. When you are in the process of finding a therapist, you should feel like your treatment plan is a partnership. And with any healthy relationship, communication is key!

There seems to be a lot of confusion about how much communication is appropriate during a massage. When it comes right down to it, this is YOUR massage, and you should never feel like you are enduring (or suffering!) in any way. Granted, this is often easier said than done. Read more

Sneaks on my Feets

cortezA perk that I love about being a professional massage therapist in my own practice: I can wear all the yoga pants and sneakers I want!

When I was in massage school, it was required that we wear “cross trainer style shoes”. Along with our uniform khakis and polo shirts, we looked like refugees from a Best Buy training camp. Many of my classmates hated the idea of wearing shoes, believing their shoes were blocking their connection to the Earth (never mind the carpet, concrete, and everything else below their toes). I was fine with the shoes- it was the khakis and polos that were stealing my mojo. Read more