A great massage can result in you feeling better both physically and emotionally in about an hour. What a wonderful outcome in a relatively short amount of time. But the idea of taking off your clothes and allowing a stranger to rub on you may seem daunting, especially if you have never had a professional massage!
I believe that a well trained, experienced and ethical Massage Therapist partnered with a confident and well informed client make for a wonderful and productive massage session. Many clients of massage experience such great health and relaxation results they maintain a vigilant massage schedule.
The Mayo Clinic also recognizes the health benefits of massage, emphasizing studies have found improvement in stress relief, managing anxiety and depression, pain, stiffness, blood pressure control, infant growth, sports-related injuries, boosting immunity and cancer treatment.
In the past I have owned a facility with Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT), frequented many spas and eventually became a LMT. So my opinion comes from an Owner, Client and Practitioner perspective. I know from experience that massage therapists are like everyone else – some are nasty and dirty, I know what it is like to wonder what undergarments I should have left on as I lie on the massage table and I also know what it is like to smell stinky feet as I rub them!
Please feel free to ask ANYTHING, I will answer sincerely. Nothing is embarrassing to ask or answer.
Please note that this advice column contains opinion and should be used as a guide and should not be used to replace medical instructions by a physician.
I want your massage experiences to be safe and enjoyable. After all, if it stresses you out to even get on the massage table, what’s the use!
In Touch 4 Health,
Dianna Ivey, LMT MA#40660
Florida Licensed Massage Therapist