Communicating Your Needs to Your Massage Therapist

Friday, May 18, 2018 (All day)

Getting a massage should be a relaxing experience, but sometimes the thought of communicating with your massage therapist can make things more stressful than they need to be. At the end of the day, your therapist is there to help you and you don’t need to be afraid of talking to them about what you need in a massage.

Fortunately, massage therapists are always open to listening and hearing what you have to say. If you’re preparing for a massage, here are 4 tips to help you communicate better with your massage therapist.


1. Tell them any important medical info up front.

If you have any injuries, skin conditions, or illnesses that might be affected by a massage, be sure to tell your massage therapist right away. They’ll be able to make accommodations so they don’t exacerbate any pre-existing conditions or risk. Your health, safety and comfort is their primary concern.

They’ll also be able to make sure that the massage helps to ease any injuries or soreness you might have instead of aggravating it further.


2. Let them know your preferences.

If you have any specific problem areas you’d like your massage therapist to work on, let them know! A massage therapist can then utilize your massage time more efficiently to spend more time on a sore area rather than working on muscles that might not need as much attention.

If you’re uncomfortable being touched in any specific area, that’s okay, too. Any massage therapist worth their salt will be okay with complying with these requests; just let them know before the massage.

Finally, if you’re ticklish, mention it before your massage begins! Many people have some areas of their bodies that, even as adults, make them giggle at the slightest touch. Your massage therapist will appreciate the heads up.


3. Communicate during the massage.

Your massage therapist is an expert in their field, but that doesn’t mean they automatically know what’s best for you or whether you’re fully comfortable. If you feel too much or too little pressure at any point during the massage, be sure to speak up and let them know.

Massages can feel uncomfortable as knots are worked out, but the pain should never be unbearable. If you experience intense pain, say something right away so your therapist can focus on another area of your body.


4. If you have questions, ask.

If you’d like to know what your massage therapist is doing, just ask! Massage therapists are happy to inform their clients about what muscles they’re working on and how to manage muscle tension in the future. They might also be able to give you tips about how to avoid muscle strain in your problem areas going forward.



A massage should leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Communicating with your massage therapist is the key to getting the massage your body needs. If you’re able to let your therapist know what you want out of your massage, you’ll be one step closer to getting the relaxation you deserve!

If you’re looking to book your next massage, give Cloud 9 a call at (352)335-9920. Our massage therapists are highly trained and are always happy to talk with you in order to ensure you enjoy an excellent experience.