If you come in for massages on a regular basis at Emerge, then you know I always check in before starting your massage. I ask something like, “how are you doing? Has anything changed since your last massage?” Am I being nosey? Nope. I want to know how you’re feeling both physically and emotionally.
Some of you open up and tell me what’s on your mind. Others are more reserved and seem anxious to just get on the massage table as soon as possible. Both responses are fine; this is not about pressuring anyone to do anything they aren’t comfortable with.
The reason I ask this simple question before we get started is because I want to know how to serve you best. You don’t have to share details unless you want to. However, I am honored when someone feels comfortable enough to be vulnerable and let me know how they’re doing.
And there’s no such thing as oversharing
If you have been going through a challenging time with your teenager and need to get that off your chest, go for it. If your boss has been driving you nuts, I am here to listen. Everything that is said during your treatment is kept confidential.
What’s the point? I’m not a counselor and I don’t pretend to be one. I’m here to listen and be supportive. If you can verbally express the things on your mind before hitting the table, you will be more present. Your mind won’t be holding your hostage and robbing you from enjoying your massage.
And the information you share helps guide me in how to customize your treatment. If you’re going through a messy divorce, I’m not going to massage you the same way as someone who’s celebrating their birthday. Your emotional well-being is just as important and your physical.
Have any questions? Ask at your next appointment and I’ll answer them for you!