CHARLOTTE – Q: What can I expect from my massage experience?
A: Set goals. Massage is an investment in your money and your time so you need to work with your massage therapist as efficiently and thoroughly as possible. Even if it’s a massage where you want to destress or relax. Make sure you’re on time. Make sure you know what is expected before you show up? I don’t ask my clients to come early to fill out paperwork, but some places do. I’ve built it into my time without taking time away from you. You’ll discuss expectations with your therapist. Feel free to write down questions and goals so these can be discussed and expectations managed on both ends.
Do you have a chronic issue you’re dealing with? Pain management issues? Are you recovering from an injury? All these things play an important part in your plan for treatment. Initially, massage should show significant help within 6 to 8 sessions. You might see incredible improvement after the first session, but you might only see slight improvement – depending on what issue we are working with. Talk this over with your therapist. There are times I can say you can expect reasonable improvement within a certain time period, but there are also times where I have to say, let’s work on a session-to-session basis. This means, we’ll need to reassess after each massage and adjust accordingly.
Your therapist will be happy to sit down with you and talk about your expectations, then adjust accordingly.
-Lisa Lane (#13098) owns Massage Sanctuary in the Mint Hill area. To book an appointment go to www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com.