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Massage Communication

Massages are often relaxing, peaceful, and quiet, and many people like to enjoy their massage in silence. While we do maintain this type of environment, this doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to communicate with your massage therapist at any time. In fact, we encourage you to communicate with your therapist to become more comfortable with them and make them aware of the reason for your visit and the goals for your session. In the next few sections, we will break down the kinds of conversations that are important to have before, during, and after your massage.

Before Your Massage

Your communication with your massage therapist can begin even before you arrive for your session. When you book your appointment online or over the phone, you have the opportunity to note why you’re coming to see us, the pain points or areas you’d like for us to focus on, and the results that you expect from the massage. In addition, you will also receive a health intake form with your confirmation that you are required to complete prior to the session. This will allow your therapist to review your medical history, which they will further discuss with you before they begin your massage to ensure that you receive the kind of treatment that you need.

Once you arrive for your massage, your therapist will conduct a brief consultation to review your medical background and pain points and discuss a treatment plan. They will also ask you what kind of pressure you prefer and if there is anything that you’re uncomfortable with or have questions about. This is the time to communicate to your therapist any concerns you have in terms of pain or comfortability. We want to help you find the peace that you need to relieve your pain, so it’s important that you let us know how we can better help you. 

During Your Massage

When your session begins, your therapist will dim the lights and provide a relaxing environment for you to enjoy your massage. However, this does not mean that the communication between you and your therapist has to stop. Your therapist will check in with you throughout the session to ask if you are comfortable and satisfied with the pressure. If at any point you don’t feel comfortable or are in pain, please let your therapist know so that they can adjust. This is your session, customized to fit you and your needs, so please provide them with the feedback they need to make your session amazing!

After Your Massage

One of the best things you can do after your session is communicate to your therapist exactly how you feel. You might not remember how you felt after your massage when you come back for your next appointment, so it’s always a good idea to share with your therapist how your body feels and any changes you would potentially like for them to make next time. These notes will be added to your file so that your therapist knows how they can improve.

Where Do I Book My Massage?

At Functional Bodywork Therapy, we offer different types of massages and techniques to meet our clients’ needs. If you haven’t received a massage from us before, we invite you to check out our What To Expect For Your First Massage blog post. If you know what type of massage you would like, you can book your session online here, or you can give us a call at 919-548-8459 to schedule an appointment. 


Gruver, K. (2020). Communication With Your Massage Therapist. 
Beard, R. (2018). How To Communicate Effectively With Your Massage Therapist.

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