What Your Therapist Should Be Asking You

A good massage session necessarily requires that the therapist asks the client a number of questions.  Inquiries into past injuries, current painful conditions, as well as any medical conditions the client may have help to make a session safer, and more helpful.  If your therapist is not regularly  asking you questions regarding  the sorts of topics listed above, as part of your therapeutic  massage session, then you should be asking yourself if you’re receiving the best treatment.

It is unarguably true that a good therapist can tell where the tension is, as well as how deeply to work a muscle group, simply  by palpation, drawing on past clinical experience administering massage therapy, learned knowledge of the human anatomy from course work, as well as simple gut ‘intuition’.  Even so, there is no good therapist who does not inquire about a client’s condition, preferably at the beginning and end of every session, noting how the session affected your pain  and other treatable conditions.

Of course, you don’t want to feel bothered by a lengthy set of questions.  Relaxation is always essential.  But without pre- and post-session interviews, consisting of even just a few questions about how you’re feeling, your therapist is going to be delivering something less than the best form of  therapeutic massage.  One of the key selling points employed by both therapists and massage studios is the claim to individually custom-tailor sessions to the clients’ specific needs.

Paying attention to what your therapist asks/doesn’t ask can likely provide insight into whether they can really deliver: Without knowing about you and your body, a therapist cannot possibly be doing what they say, if their claim is that they provide individualized massage sessions.  If no questions are asked of you, it’s really time to ask yourself a number of serious questions about your therapist.


©Copyright 2011 H Miller

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