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Communication on the Massage Table

The topic of How Deep is Too Deep is one I have discussed before on my FaceBook page. It is one that is near and dear to my heart, in the world of massage. Should massage be painful? ABSOLUTELY NOT! In a future post I will discuss this even further. For this post, we will talk about how to communicate that the work is getting too intense.

So, what should you do if the Massage Therapist is getting a bit too deep and the work is becoming pretty uncomfortable and too intense? Speak up! YOU are in control of your session. I cannot stress this point enough! I will say it again, you are in control of what happens to you on the table. We may suggest things like cupping an area or using a certain technique or stretching, but you have every right to say "No Thank you". If the work is too much in a specific area, you have every right to speak up and tell the therapist to back up a bit. We will not be offended. It is perfectly okay, even welcomed, for you to break any silence there may be and voice your concerns.

This article ( discusses both verbal and non-verbal cues to alert your therapist you are uncomfortable. A good Massage Therapist will always be looking out for the non-verbal ones. In my practice, when I experience these non-verbal cues, I immediately ease up and reassess my strategy for the area being worked on. It is never necessary to continue in a manner in which the client is tense and in pain. Massage should be a comfortable and relaxing experience, with maybe the occasional mild discomfort, while working on sensitive areas, yet NEVER, EVER painful!

If you have any comments or questions on this topic, I'd love to hear them! Please feel free to e-mail me at If you would like to book an appointment, you can do so on my website, or call/text 508-320-7294.

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