CHARLOTTE – Here are a few commonly asked questions in the massage world:
How long a session should I book? When trying a massage therapist out, I’d recommend booking a 60-minute session. I refer to this session as an exploratory session because we don’t know each other. This allows me (your therapist) to get to know your body and the area in need of help. It also gives you, the client, a good amount of hands-on therapy that allows you to figure out if your massage is beneficial. Pay close attention to the way your therapist listens to you, how therapeutic their touch is to your body and for a few days after, how well your body (or the parts of your body that are injured, stressed or in need of rehabilitative type massage) responded to work done.
Aren’t longer sessions better? I think 90-minute sessions are ideal simply because I can give you a great massage without rushing, and I can also attend to the issues that need extra work done in order put you on the road to recovery.
What are short sessions (30 minutes) good for? These sessions are good when you have already pinpointed the issue and you want direct work done. More than likely we find that if we are addressing a shoulder for example, even if we work 15 minutes on the front and 15 minutes on the back, there’s a good chance we will uncover muscle issues that are in close proximity that will also requite attention.
-Lisa Lane (#13098) is owner/lead therapist of Massage Sanctuary in Mint Hill. To book go to www.ncmassagesanctuary.massagetherapy.com and click ‘book appt’.