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Connecting and beginning the massage

I aim to connect properly with every client before I start the massage. I will make sure we’re on the same page, that we’re both ready for the work to be done and that I’m aware of your needs in this present moment.

As I want to tune into your breath, and sense where some of your tensions might be stored, I start the session by pressing my hands against parts of your body while you lie under the sheet. This gives me an overall impression of how you’re feeling and where your tensions are today.

It is a nice way for you to begin your relaxation. This is your chance to slow down, switch your mind to massage mode and most importantly, to become familiar with my hands and my touch. Your body understands that my hands won’t harm you and that my touch is gentle. This way your mind and muscles are allowed to let go and for you to trust me.

Next step is to apply massage oil to your skin. I prefer to oil the entire back-side at once, using long flowing strokes. By doing so I help you sense and reconnect your body as a whole. During this light initial massage, I can more precisely assess how you are feeling on a deeper level.

Your muscles communicate to me where the tensions are stored. Based on what I feel in your tissue and our previous communication, I decide upon which stone-techniques to use and what areas of your body needs particular attention today.

I find that taking time to gently connect with you and applying oil allows me to give you a much better experience and provides for a higher quality massage.

Your relaxation and wellness treatment starts the moment you lie down on the table.

Next time you receive a massage, try to notice how the initial contact and oiling take place. How does it make you feel? How does it affect your relaxation? Your body? Your mind? Could something be done differently to make you feel better and achieve even deeper relaxation?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. I would love to hear your point of view.

About Pia Poulsen

Pia Poulsen is educated as a wellness massage therapist at Institut FIGARI in Paris, from where she passed her certification exam in January 2008. Since then she has expanded her skills to become the first Advanced LaStone® practitioner in France as well as a certified LaStone® instructor.


2 Responses to “Connecting and beginning the massage”

  1. I like it that you set an intention of connecting properly with your clients.

    I’ve been to a massage therapist who always asks you what’s going on prior to the massage then starts the massage off by positioning herself mid-body, asks for a couple of deep breaths then moves to the head area.

    I like starting the massage off with a couple of deep breaths.

    Posted by 'Drea | Thursday 24 March, 2011, 03:55
  2. Dear 'Drea,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Starting a massage with deep breaths is another really good way of starting a massage. When done in unison it connects therapist and client.

    I do firmly believe that a massage benefits from a strong connection between client and therapist. There is so much subconscious communication going on, energy exchange or what we might name it. By being connected, this communication is strengthened and the therapist can then provide an even better massage.


    Posted by Pia | Friday 25 March, 2011, 07:36