1. Exposure: For some people, the thought of being completely unclothed is a major deterrent to receiving a massage. I've encountered situations where the client had no knowledge of what to expect regarding how draping is done during a massage session. It is good to understand that at all times, only the portion of the body being massaged is exposed. For example, only the left leg is un-draped if that is where the massage therapist is working. This approach creates a sense of safety for both the client and the massage therapist.
2. Vulnerability: People may experience vulnerability during a massage because touch can bring out a range of unexpected emotions, including grief, anger, or nervousness. This can happen because people often hold emotions in their bodies. Massage can bring that to the forefront, drawing awareness to particular concerns or past experiences. If this happens during a massage, you can ask your massage therapist to pause or end the session. While your massage therapist may be able to provide words of comfort, it is best to seek out a counselor for deeper emotional matters.
3. Pain: Pain is one of the main concerns I've heard from people about why they have never gotten a massage. People seem to have it in their minds that massage Causes pain! This indicates to me that there are some therapists out there who lack an intuitive touch and simply do not check in about pressure during massage sessions. Massage is supposed to break the pain cycle, not contribute to it. Always voice your concern if you are experiencing pain during massage.
4. Cost: Another main reason why people do not get massage regularly is the cost. This is completely understandable. Try to view massage as a preventative healthcare measure. Massage relieves stress and chronic pain, giving your immune system a boost and sending you on the path to wellness of the body and mind. Remember that New York State has some of the highest educational standards and licensing requirement for massage therapists in the country. So if you have found me, you are in good hands.