If you’re reading this, chances are you know the value of a truly great bodywork session.  We all look forward to the physical and emotional benefits you can get from a session, especially on hard days or during periods of stress or pain.

But what can you do if your bodywork session isn’t quite cutting it?  When your treatment is “fine,” but just not what you’re needing?  How can client feedback help?

You might feel like you’ve been shortchanged of the relief you were hoping to find, whether that be because you’re eliminating stress, treating symptoms of a chronic illness, or letting go of physical stiffness or pain.

Or: what if your bodywork session is absolutely fantastic, and you’d love for every treatment to be just as helpful in alleviating your aches, pains, and woes?

Perhaps you work all day at a desk, and a certain technique is really relieving the tension in your neck and shoulders.  Isn’t that just as important to share with your bodywork practitioner so they can continue to implement that into future treatments?

I can’t stress enough how important your feedback is in order to deliver you a great treatment every time.  I never want to let a session go by without you feeling like you’ve gotten the treatment you need and deserve.  And the best way to get that perfect treatment? Communication and feedback!

The Positives

If you’ve already had a treatment from me, you’ve probably noticed that during your Thai Bodywork session I check in with you from time to time about all sorts of different things: the temperature of the room, the pressure I’m using, how you are feeling etc.

This is because I want to know what’s working for you and what isn’t.  It’s my way of opening up the line of communication so you can share what you need.  So if something feels great?  I’d love to know!

Learning what works for you helps me figure out exactly what your preferences are.  The more you communicate with me about what works best for your body in a session, the easier it is for me to personalise a treatment to your needs and preferences.

So when you share with me the things you like about your Thai Bodywork session? I know to continue to implement those techniques and provide you with the kind of treatment you’re seeking.

The Not-So-Positives

Just like I want to know what feels great, I also want you to feel safe sharing what I can do better.  What’s right for some people isn’t right for everyone.  We all have different opinions, preferences, and feelings, and that’s what makes us unique individuals.

And your feedback is the best way for me to discover if there are things you didn’t like so that moving forward, we can figure out together how to arrive at your perfect Thai Bodywork session.

In the same way that sharing what you like helps me focus your treatment towards the things that work for your body, sharing what doesn’t feel comfortable to you gives me more information about what is best for you.

How You Can Help

So what’s the best way to open up the line of communication with me, so you get the best treatment for you?

Don’t assume I always know best: You know your own body better than anyone else, so if something is uncomfortable, tell me! While I am a trained professional, you are the foremost expert on your body and what feels right and what doesn’t.

Yes, I know how to find specific tight or sore areas, and I know numerous techniques to release tension in those areas. But what I don’t know is exactly how you are feeling on the mat.  So trust yourself as the expert you are on how you are feeling, and know that it’s safe to communicate those thoughts with me!

  • Start before you get on the table: You don’t have to wait until you are on the mat to tell me what you need.  During the first few moments of our time together, and on your intake form, you can tell me how you’re feeling.

That lets me know where I should focus my work that day and how best to treat you.  Maybe you’re feeling frazzled by stress, or sore from sitting at your desk all day.  Or maybe you’re experiencing a flare-up of chronic pain.  Let me know right away, and keep the communication flowing during the treatment too.

  • Say something right away: If you’re not happy about how the treatment is going, you don’t have to wait to see if things improve.  No bodywork practitioner or massage therapist worth their weight in salt will be offended if you ask for more pressure or less pressure, or for something else to change.  In fact, we love it!

I trained in Thai Bodywork to help make people’s lives better.  I want to know right away if something is bothering you, because relieving pain and releasing stress is my goal!

  • Be specific: We’re a team.  The more specific you are with me, the easier it is for me to figure out what you’re looking for and provide exactly the treatment you’ve been wanting.

Maybe you want me to use a little more pressure or a little less pressure.  You can always say something like, “Can you deepen the pressure one or two notches? That feels better, but you can still drop one notch deeper? That’s great!”

This lets me know exactly what you are wanting – from wanting more pressure to the exact amount, and then when things feel just right.

The bottom line?  I want your feedback, so I can provide you with the best possible treatment, every single time.  After all, my objective is always to make you feel as well as possible.

It’s why you’re seeking a bodywork session, and it’s why I got into this in the first place!!  Thai Bodywork can be a major pillar of your wellness plan if you and I have a clear, open, and honest line of communication.

If it’s time to schedule your next, or even first, Thai Bodywork session with me.  Click here to book your session with me on Tuesdays at Breathing Space on Cork Street, Dublin 8.