Well, it’s not easy to describe, but good massage is when the first time an expert massage therapist lays his or her hands on you, you know immediately whether they know what they are doing and you are in good hands; or to put it another way, whether it is going to be a good massage and you feel safe.
Feeling good = Full charge!
After a busy day, lying down on the massage table with aching muscles, it is handled by caring hands, step by step on the tense areas. The therapist with definite diagnostic strokes scans (palpate) your muscular system and then with gradually increasing strokes and various techniques helps you to achieve the right results.
So the feeling of massage is subjective, but it helps to create physical and mental harmony by creating a progressively more intense system, optimally adapted to you.
During the massage, we need to feel that we are in the right place, that time stops, that the therapist helps and that we are getting better and better. Our muscles loosens up thanks to the used techniques, our range of motion increases and our quality of life gradually increases just like when we put a mobile phone on the charger.
I want to move more easily!
After the massage, you will feel relaxed and lighter as if you were reborn. Your movements will be easier, your pain relieves and you feel like you’ve been replaced. A good massage brings this feeling, and a good therapist knows which muscle combinations to massage to achieve this pleasant feeling and will constantly be on your side to help you to be better.
I think this is everything what is matter mostly. I know as a massage seeker it can be quite a task to find a massage therapist who gives you all of this. Actually it’s not as simple as judging your experience on just the massage – many environmental, time, location and personality factors are also pivotal to you choosing a therapist who becomes your tried and trusted.
The process of how massage can alter the way the body works (as it might be assessed objectively) and feels (both from the therapist’s point of view as well as the person receiving the massage) lies in the relationship between the place in the brain where the body’s image (I’ll explain this in more detail in a minute) is represented, and the myriad sensory organs found in the skin, muscles and connective tissue, which is what the brain uses to construct its picture. These nerves in a real sense are the brain’s ‘eyes and ears’ in the body: the brain is constantly assessing patterns of tension, temperature, pressure, the sense of effort of a movement or position of a limb, and much else besides.
So, imagine the first time someone lays a hand on you, and the various sensations involved. First impression for most people is the temperature of the part of the body in contact with the skin – the hand must be warm. If it is cool or cold, the hand will not generate the desired sensations; instead the recipient will recoil slightly, retreating into themselves.
To feel understood by someone can be quite liberating in itself. Often, we first go for a massage when we have stiff neck and shoulders or our lower back hurts. A great therapist has the ability to ask the type of questions that effortlessly reveals how your symptom feels, it’s location and what actions lead to discomfort. They can also help you to associate the symptom to triggers that brought it on in the first place – gardening stooping, sitting in an air conditioning draft or periods of work stress and family conflict. Understanding brings clarity, clearly knowing what your treatment will involve, managing the expectations of the outcome you desire and feeling confident that your therapist is on the same page and will give you the treatment you came for.
It’s difficult to find a massage therapist who is able to give an intuitive treatment and educate you as to your body condition and how you’re responding to treatment at the same time. There is a process of a neurological connection between the brain and body tissues and massage stimulates the re-education of the soft tissues and leads to better function. Something similar to the re-booting of a computer. It’s empowering to be made aware of where your body is at, what needs attention and a potential plan as to how far you can take your body using massage therapy. As human beings we crave feedback – am I doing okay? A good massage therapist lets you know this.
It is important to know that your therapist has your back – they’re not afraid to advise you if you would benefit from further treatment or if they feel you need to change course. You’ll know when your needs are their priority from the support, language, advice and care that your therapist offers. Your therapist shares an interest in your life and you look forward to seeing them on your next scheduled visit.
As with any professional, a committed therapist learns what it takes to be at their best. We all crave consistency. In a World that offers inconsistency we hinge our hopes on the things in life that we can depend upon. Great therapists usually have a structure that they follow to enable them to perform at their best. Their own self-care, life balance and business organisation become the foundation stone for delivering highly effective and valuable treatments to their clients. They take responsibility for organising your next appointment before you leave to enable you to receive treatment at a convenient time and at an optimal frequency to support you in life, work and play.