Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and couples around the world will be flocking to spas and massage spaces to get couples massages. The following is a quick list of 3 Do’s and Don’ts that will enhance your massage experience with your boo and prevent you from being THAT couple therapists and receptionists can't stand.
1. DO arrive 10-15 minutes early to your appointment.
My first ‘do’ is really just good massage etiquette in general. When you arrive to your appointment early, it gives you plenty of time to get settled in, change into a robe if they are provided for you, and fill out your massage paperwork thoroughly without rushing.
DON’T forget that your appointment could get cut short if you arrive late.
Sometimes traffic, the weather or other factors happen and make you arrive later than you planned. While we understand, your late arrival may cut into your massage time. It sucks but when there are clients back to back, and on Valentine’s Day there definitely are, your therapists just can’t give you the entire time. If this happens, depending on how much time remains pick one or two areas for your therapist to focus on for the duration of the session.
2. DO clearly communicate your desires to your therapists.
To get the most out of your couples massage session, you should discuss what you’re looking for individually with your therapist. If you are specifically looking to relax, let your therapist know ahead of time. If you have a particular area of your body that’s been giving you trouble, share that with your therapist. A great massage can be ruined by ineffective communication. We may be superhero of muscular manipulation but we don't have ESP. You have to let us know what you're looking for.
DON’T jump into the conversation your partner is having with their therapist.
The only exceptions to this rule are language barriers, medical conditions or disabilities in which the person cannot effectively communicate on their own. If none of the above are true, please do not speak for your partner! It is important for therapists to establish rapports with their clients and we can’t accomplish that when someone else constantly interjects or flat out speaks for them.
In a similar vein, although your massages are taking place in the same room, your sweetheart may want to zone out and just relax. The easiest way to mess that up for them is constantly asks them if they’re enjoying their massage. Not only are you interfering with their relaxation, you are putting them and their therapist on the spot. Don’t do it. You can ask them all about it after you have left the spa, however.
3. DO feel free to talk to your therapist after the massage.
After every session, we love it when clients ask us what they can do at home to feel better. Normally, we’ll give you one or two quick things to change or try that can help you out in between massages. (You have to do them to see results, however.) It also helps to talk to your therapist if you’re working with other healthcare providers to address pain or dysfunction. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.
DON’T dawdle in the massage room after your session is completed.
Most massage studios and spas only have one couples massage room and for Valentine’s Day, they are booked back-to-back all weekend. If you stay in the room past your allotted time, you will make the next massages start and end late. This can throw off your wonderful massage therapists’ schedule for the rest of their shift and/or cut into their break time. So please be considerate. We want you to have a great couples massage experience but we want that for the couple after you too.
Couples massage can be a great way to spend time with your partner and score a massage for youself this Valentine's Day. As long as you keep in mind that your massage therapists are working hard to give you the best experience that they can, we can all have a happy Valentine's Day!