If you have never received a massage before or not had a great experience with your last one, it can be quite daunting attending a massage appointment. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about getting a massage prior to your first session. Even if you have had massage previously, you may be a little nervous if you’re seeing a new therapist. There are some things you can do to ease your nerves and feel more relaxed during the session.
Ease your way in
You can work your way up to a massage if you feel you’re not ready yet. For some people body image is a primary factor preventing them from going to get a massage. At Wellbeing Treatment we maintain your modesty at all times. You only undress only to your level of comfort. A sheet and blanket cover you, to keep you comfortable. The only area uncovered is the one that’s being worked on.
Treatments that allow you to remain fully clothed are a good way of receiving therapy and remaining comfortable. Foot reflexology only requires you to remove your shoes and socks as its the feet that are worked on. This treatment is relaxing and works on all the systems of the body such as digestive system, endocrine (hormone) system, respiratory system etc. By stimulating specific reflex areas on the feet the whole of the body is worked on.
Thai Massage is a dynamic therapy that is also carried out through clothing. You only need to remove your shoes and socks for this therapy. The therapist uses their hands and feet to apply compression movements. Stretching movements are also applied to improve flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness.
Trying these therapies may help you feel more comfortable with receiving treatments and help you build up to other massage such as oil massage, hot stone massage etc.
The right therapist
Finding the right therapist for you will help you feel at ease during your treatments. Not all therapists are a good fit for each client. Don’t be afraid to change your massage therapist if you feel he or she is not the right therapist for you. You should feel comfortable and relaxed in their presence. A good therapist understands if you feel you better suited to someone else.
Your massage therapist should take the time to listen to you and do their best to meet your individual treatment needs. Feel free to communicate to them during the treatment eg, tell them if the pressure is too much or too little, or if you feel uncomfortable or in pain. Good feedback is helpful to us therapists. We want the session to be beneficial for you. If you have any questions or concerns prior to the treatment, talk to your therapist about them. Tell them that you’re nervous about getting a massage. They will explain the process to you.
How to stop being nervous about getting a massage
- Choose a therapy carried out through clothing
- Talk to your therapist about any questions or concerns you have
- Communicate with you therapist during the treatment as required
- Change your massage therapist if you don’t feel comfortable with them
- Check with your therapist that they are qualified and insured
- Visit their website to find out about the therapy you want to book in for
Being nervous about getting a massage is understandable. Here at Wellbeing Treatment a skilled therapist delivers each therapy in a professional manner doing their best to ensure your comfort. Our treatment room is peaceful and relaxing. It doesn’t take long for client’s to feel at ease.
Our website lists the treatments we provide, along with descriptions and benefits. The easiest way to book an appointment is to use the online appointment booking system. Alternatively you can call, text, email or use the contact form. Don’t let being nervous about getting a massage prevent you from receiving the treatment you deserve.