Nina McIntosh

Informed Consent

Heart of Bodywork

Floating along enjoying her massage, Sally is startled when her practitioner suddenly applies a noisy electric percussive device to her back.

Bob grows increasingly perplexed and frustrated when his massage therapist silently holds her hands above his injured knees for several minutes. He wonders when the massage will start.

Making the Most of Your Massage

How To Achieve Lasting Effects

It may seem like all you have to do to get the most out of a massage is show up, relax, and let the massage therapist do the rest. In some ways, that’s true. But there are also some things you can do that will make your experience even more enjoyable, all while building a solid working relationship with your massage therapist. Following are some “insider tips” to help you get the most out of your sessions.

Speak up about your concerns and questions.

Changing Therapists Gracefully

Ask a Therapist

Q: I’ve been going to only one massage therapist for some time, but I’d like to try another who uses different techniques. How do I gracefully change therapists?

A: Bodywork ethics expert Nina McIntosh responded to this question, pulling from the wisdom in her book, Heart of Bodywork:

Mind, Body and Spirit

The Spiritual Consciousness of Massage and Bodywork

In massage and bodywork, there is an elephant on your tables and chairs, in your spa rooms, and, in fact, everywhere you take the profession. Not the trunk and peanuts kind. No, this animal is metaphorical in nature, yet an animal, nonetheless. Strangely paradoxical, this elephant is the backbone of many modalities and to many of our lives, yet is often avoided in the name of privacy, sacredness, and because we just don’t know how to talk about it. The subject of which I speak is none other than spirituality.