It is imperative that you communicate before, during and after your session. You will need to be mentally present during the session. It is your job to tell me if the pressure is too little or too much, if you have referral pain or if you have severe pain in a local area. I will occasionally ask for feedback during your session to make certain the massage pressure and strokes are to your comfort level. If I feel you are holding your breath, I will ask for you to breath. Breathing aids in bringing circulation to the affected area. This is a necessary process for those that are new to massage therapy.
A good massage therapist will watch for irregular breathing patterns, erratic movement, tense muscles or reaction to a trigger point when touched. If your therapist come across a tender or sore area they will ask you if would like to release the trigger point (knot) or cease working in that area. They should always adjust the technique to your comfort level.
It is vital for any massage therapist to listen to your massage needs and goal. To best of ability they will address any of your massage concerns and questions.
The client – therapist relationship is reciprocal. Both client and therapist work as a team to accomplish a specific massage goal. You will not receive an effective massage if you and the therapist do not communicate. This is why communication is necessary to achieve the desire results you need for your health and well-being.