You should not be providing any unwanted aromatherapy from your body throughout the session. You may be thinking...What? Who does that? But let me tell you, I've seen it and oh yeah, it 's real. Do you come to work looking exhausted and can barely keep your eyelids up? Or what about that constant coughing and sniffling from the cold "you just got over". REALLY!? SERIOUSLY!?
Being mentally prepared is just as important as being physically prepared. Don't do me any favors and take your anger at your bf out on me during the massage and I don't want to have the distinctive honor of being your last client EVER because your back just went out. I don't know about many of you but I get Excited when I get to lay my hands on someone for the first time. I'm thinking,"This person doesn't even know. They are in for a treat. I'm about to provide this person with the best massage experience they ever had!" Too confident? Maybe! But going in with that mindset prepares me to exceed the goal I've set for myself and this client by the end of that session.
Preparation for that type of confidence, starts with YOU! If you were my Massage Therapist, what do I as the client experience? Do you greet me with a smile and firm handshake? Are you providing me the same routine you just provided your past 2 clients? Perhaps you didn't pay attention throughout the massage of how uncomfortable I was because you were preoccupied with other thoughts? What about following up afterwards and providing recommendations or did you rush to take my payment because you are ready to leave and go home?
I can go on and on but I think you get the idea. You are a walking advertisement of your product. Within a short time, you may get just one shot to impress your client from the way you look, communicate, massage (with purpose) and follow up. It may be a no brainer for many of you but for others, this may be a wake up call as to why you are not getting clients to come back and see You. Perception is everything. Make sure they perceive the best.....And in case you are wondering, Yes, I would massage myself. I hear I have a mean flow and "heavenly" hands... or so they say.
What are your thoughts? What have been some of your experiences with other therapists? Have you ever had an "off" day where you thought "I wouldn't even want to massage myself". If so, what did you do to improve it?