6 questions I get asked about being a massage therapist

massage therapy, deep tissue massage, sports massage, muscle knots, foot massageI read a funny blog from a group of US massage therapists recently about the funny things people say to them that I suppose is unique to our profession. It made me think about some of the things that people say or ask me all the time – some of them funny but mostly people say these things out of interest or concern for me. These are things I talk about with my clients or friends a lot:

1. ‘Don’t your hands hurt?’ – short answer is no! I’ve been taught great body dynamics when I’m working so I don’t overly rely on my hands – I use my forearms a lot too.

2. ‘I don’t know how you can touch someone else’s feet!’ – well if they smell I just give them a clean with a baby wipe! Most people say they hate their feet but in my experience most feet are fine. The ones with the really bad feet usually don’t get them out for you – thankfully. A foot massage can make your whole body feel great. A foot massage can be extremely relaxing.  It’s a great way to experience relaxation without even having to get undressed.

3. ‘Have you had any weirdos yet?’ – er, no I haven’t but I’ve had a few dodgy text messages. Those don’t bother me. I take every care to speak to my clients where possible so I don’t get myself into difficult situations.

4. ‘Is that crunching noise a knot in my shoulder?’ – yes! Most people are fairly disgusted at their body crunching at my touch but most people have tight, knotted shoulders. Get a massage to reduce it!

5. ‘Do you do deep tissue massage?’ –  I met someone recently who explained his experience of deep tissue massage as ‘being flipped over in a frying pan like a piece of bacon’ – I hasten to add, this was with another therapist, not me! I loved this image as it describes the stereotypical brutal, elbow frenzy known as deep tissue massage. It doesn’t have to be like this….we can achieve in some cases better results with remedial techniques, some of which are deep but working within your pain threshold. It’s all in the technique….

6. ‘Wow, you must have to know a lot of muscles’ – I know more than the average person probably but it’s my job to have good anatomy knowledge. Knowing where a particular muscle is and what it does, is essential to treating certain musculoskeletal conditions.

I’d be interested to hear from you if you have any questions about massage so please do comment on this post or send me an email.