Your therapeutic massage must be conducted in a way that is fitting and professional. Any method of therapeutic massage treatment should be preceded by taking a medical history of the patient or client.
A case history assists the therapist in making their assessment and planning in your treatment. It highlights any crucial conditions that may need to be paid special attention during health massage treatment or to refer to other specialists if necessary. The massage therapist’s main role is assessment and treatment – and it is important that you feel confident in your therapist’s ability and professionalism.
Therapeutic massage assessment and treatment is confidential
You may be asked some personal details during your assessment. These questions are for the purpose of assessment and recommending preventative treatment – crucial for effective therapeutic and health massage. For example, sitting at a computer eight hours a day will affect many parts of the neck, shoulders and spine.
You are not required to provide any information you do not feel comfortable giving, however understand that it may prevent accurate assessment and delay the response of your treatment.
Your case history is confidential and nobody except the therapist should have access to it, and those you have agreed to be referred to if a need persists.
Your privacy and personal security rights must be protected
Therapeutic massage should be conducted in a secure and private area where you have the ability to undress and dress in private. The therapist should not be present at this stage and you will be asked to lie on the table and cover yourself with the appropriate towel or cover. It is normal practice for undergarments to be worn. During the massage towels or coverings should be used to cover any part of the body not directly receiving treatment.
If you are uncomfortable or unsure at any stage of the massage, be sure to tell the therapist. You have the right to ask the therapist to stop any treatment immediately and decide whether you want to continue with the massage.
Your comfort and confidence is the top priority
Therapeutic massage is most successful when you feel one hundred percent comfortable and confident. It can take several visits to a therapist to build a rapport where the patient or client is comfortable.
The therapist understands this and should adjust their behaviour accordingly. Clients may have many expectations of what will be the outcome of each health massage treatment. It is important that you communicate these to the therapist.
If you experience pain, headache or bruising after your treatment this can be a normal post- treatment outcome. Always check with the therapist if you are not sure of types of outcomes you could receive from the specific therapeutic massage you are to receive.
Always ensure the therapist you select is a qualified professional and is a member of a professional association. This ensures that they must practice under a Code of Ethics and hold a strict standard of practice.