Ask for What You Want in a Massage
Massage therapists are trained to know how to provide the therapeutic touch your body needs. But they're not mind-readers, so they welcome your feedback.
"I always ask the client before the start of the massage what their goal for the session is and if there are any areas that need special attention," says Martina Wojak-Piotrow, LMP, lead therapist at Massage Envy in Olympia, Wash.
If your therapist doesn't ask, speak up for yourself. Art De Vera, a massage therapist at Massage Envy in San Ramon, Calif., says it's helpful to know whether a client wants therapeutic bodywork, relaxation or both.