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What mas­sage ther­a­pists care about

- By He­len For­rest Health · Relationships & Sex · Health Tips · Massage · Social Interaction · Sex · Helen Forrest

What do mas­sage ther­a­pists care about? To be­gin with I care that you have phoned me to make an ap­point­ment. I will an­swer as many ques­tions as you have over the phone and re­as­sure you as to what will hap­pen when you are with me.

I care that you ar­rive on time so we can make the most of your agreed ap­point­ment time and you leave feel­ing well looked af­ter and re­spected.

There will al­ways be a Health His­tory Form to fill out be­fore we start so your treat­ment plan is agreed on be­fore you get on the ta­ble. That way you will be treated ap­pro­pri­ately.

I care about your sight, hear­ing, un­der­stand­ing of the process, an­swer­ing ques­tions cor­rectly, your abil­ity to un­dress and get on the ta­ble alone (please ask if you re­quire as­sis­tance with this) and that you have a fresh body when you ar­rive. The treat­ment room is small and to be forced to spend an hour or more in the room with old per­spi­ra­tion or strong per­fume can be un­com­fort­able.

A mas­sage ther­a­pist lends a gen­eral well­ness to a client through ther­a­peu­tic mas­sage to the joints and soft tis­sue mus­cles of the body.

We help give re­lief from pain, re­ha­bil­i­tate in­juries, im­prove poor cir­cu­la­tion and teach re­lax­ation tech­niques, as well as help­ing to re­duce stress.

We like to get hon­est feed­back. Please speak up if the mas­sage is too painful, too light, you feel un­com­fort­able or un­happy about some­thing that is hap­pen­ing. I know how dif­fi­cult some peo­ple feel ly­ing face down, un­dressed in front of some­one they hardly know. I prom­ise I will never laugh at you. We may laugh to­gether but I will never be the only one laugh­ing.

I don’t care if you have not shaved. Hair does not cause mus­cle pain so please do not be con­cerned about your legs or any other part of your body. I just add more oil to the area and vi­su­alise the mus­cles un­der­neath the skin.

Af­ter see­ing so many bod­ies I tend to view hair, cel­lulite, scars, bumps and birth­marks as nor­mal. Moles are some­thing dif­fer­ent and need to be treated as such.

Please do not be self­con­scious about your weight. Ev­ery client is a col­lec­tion of mus­cles and knots to work on and re­pair. You will never be judged by me. Af­ter all, I am not per­fect ei­ther. I just want to help make your body feel at its best.

Fall­ing asleep on the mas­sage ta­ble is com­mon. Many of my clients ad­mit to fall­ing asleep at least once. It means that you trust me and feel com­fort­able. I feel it is an hon­our to get to this stage and ear­lier the bet­ter.

We some­times un­cover se­ri­ous health com­plaints. My clients of­ten come to me say­ing their doc­tors have dis­missed the pain and told them to learn to

re­lax. On­go­ing pain can some­times sig­nal more se­ri­ous is­sues. We are not doc­tors or nurses and will in­sist our clients go back to see their doc­tor if the pain con­cerns us.

Mas­sage ther­a­pists love their jobs. We love know­ing that we are help­ing peo­ple to re­lax, work through their is­sues, to im­prove their gen­eral qual­ity of life and re­duce their pain to more ac­cept­able lev­els.

Please re­mem­ber you are with me for an hour once a week or month, so more than 50 per cent of the fu­ture is in your hands. I will do my best but will not be with you to con­stantly re­mind you to stand straight, sit cor­rectly, to do the stretches and sim­ple ex­er­cises you are ad­vised to.

Re­mem­ber the great feel­ing you get af­ter a mas­sage is not by de­sign, it hap­pens by ap­point­ment. Make an ap­point­ment and see how good you feel af­ter­wards.

For an ap­point­ment or more in­for­ma­tion, call mas­sage ther­a­pist He­len For­rest on 03 352 2406 or 027 411 2921. Hours and prices to suit.

 ??  ?? Mas­sage ther­a­pist He­len For­rest worked as a nurse for more than 35 years and is skilled in a va­ri­ety of mas­sage tech­niques.
Mas­sage ther­a­pist He­len For­rest worked as a nurse for more than 35 years and is skilled in a va­ri­ety of mas­sage tech­niques.

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