Massage Ambiance is Key: Is the Scene Conducive to Your Relaxation?

By Nina McIntosh

Ever had a massage but couldn’t fully enjoy it because the music was too fast, or the aromatherapy was not to your liking, or outside noise was disruptive? Whatever the issue, feel comfortable knowing that your massage therapist wants you to express your feelings.

The quality of communication between the practitioner and the client is key. By all means, you should speak up about anything that diminishes your enjoyment of, or ability to focus on, your session, no matter whether the problem is the therapist’s office or her/his behavior. It’s your session, and you have the right to an environment that supports your relaxation.

Having said that, it’s not always easy to assert yourself while lying naked on a table. However, your practitioner is a professional and is open to, even seeking, feedback. If you are bothered, others probably are too. Your practitioner wants and needs to know and would much prefer you mentioning it than choosing to not come back again.

And you may learn something as well. Perhaps that lavender oil you thought was too strong actually helps relaxation and will work wonders for you in a more diluted form. Or maybe the exterior noise is a problem only on Monday evenings, and you can be sure to avoid booking your appointment then.

Fixing the ProblemThe situation may be something easy to remedy, like changing the music or essential oils. But if it’s something more complex, like exterior noise from officemates, your practitioner may need time to address the situation.

View the situation as an opportunity to provide important, contstructive feedback about the services offered as well a chance to enhance the therapeutic relationship between you and your massage practitioner.

Your massage session is about you. Take responsibility for communicating your needs, and your session will be all the more healing for it.