How do masseuses stay mentally engaged during long massages – quora gas yourself in car

Massage therapists (we are Licensed in Medical Massage Therapy in my state) have many different types and lengths of massages available for differing issues. I do have a few clients who always schedule 2 hour massages because of the intricacy of the massages they need. When working on clients who need small muscle work in the arm/shoulder/neck and rib areas (fibromyalgia clients) you need to work very precisely and because of the amount of discomfort it causes, you tend to work more slowly in those areas. With the above mentioned clientele, it generally takes a minimum of 2 hours to work the upper body to the extent their conditions will allow.

As I am working on them, I am very focused on their pain levels as well as what their specific muscle needs are at that specific time. I seldom focus on anything other than the client I am working on – it is not a good idea for me personally to avert my focus to other things. Normally my clients tend to ask specific questions about what I am doing at any given time if it seems to be different than what they have experienced before, or I am working in a different manner on their musculature.

Then there’s your connection to the earth. Many massage therapists like to work barefoot. They may have an intuitive knowing that their relaxed feet translate to a relaxed massage for the client. Perhaps they sense a bodily connection with the earth better with bare feet.

• Do you dislike, feel neutral, or like the client? It’s good to like them, in my opinion, to want the best for them. Do you have the energy for this session, or is it the end of a long day and you’re tired and want to go home? Let go of those thoughts and be present.

• Does the client have an unspoken frame for the session? Is there something they are trying to leave behind? Are they at a turning point in their life? How do they hope to feel afterwards? Will they drink water and take it easy afterwards to really integrate the work?

There’s reading the client’s state, looking for what we call working signs. The sighs, deep breaths, apneas, facial expressions, fingers twitching, feet spontaneously moving, kriyas, snoring, and tone of voice if they speak all give us clues about the client’s state. We can tell when you fall asleep.

There’s verbally checking in with the client. How’s the pressure? Would you like more pressure here? Would you like me to stay longer here? What are you noticing when I do this? Did I find a tender spot? Are you warm enough? What happened here? Are you aware your neck is tighter on the left/shoulder is higher on the right/left foot turns out more? And so on.

A therapist’s hands learn to read tissue through skin, to know when it feels dense, dehydrated, ropy, stringy, swollen, warm, cool, spongy, hard. We learn to feel layers of muscles, down to the bones underneath. We may work with your tendons or ligaments. We may palpate your subtle rhythms, as in craniosacral therapy.

We come to understand you as three-dimensional, flesh and blood and energy, infinitely complex, with numerous systems working together (well or not so well) to support your actual life, with a unique history and a biochemistry, and that from the atomic level on up, everything about you is in motion. We appreciate that mystery is present as well.

Best of all, when we take that client to the next level, maybe even beyond what they’ve experienced before — and we’ve stayed grounded, centered, and present — we get to bathe in that beautiful energy they are emanating by the end of the session. Give a massage, get a massage.