A conversation requires one person to speak and the other to listen. The second part then, gives a relevant response based on what the first part has said. Think of massage as a conversation.
When we move quickly on the body while giving a massage, we do not give the tissue a chance to be heard. How can we then, know what to do next, if we haven’t heard a response? By constantly moving, moving, moving we are talking AT the body, instead of taking part in a healing two-part conversation.
So, slow down. Slow WAY down. Allow, the tissue time to respond. Even pause from time to time. Stress and tension typically root from pain or fear, and those things take time to release. Our job is to give the clients body the freedom and empty space in which they feel there is room to release. Our job is to give the reassurance that the receiving end (the MT) is patient and ready to listen whenever they are ready to let go, or “talk”.
Don’t mistake this for a completely static treatment. It’s possible, and even beneficial, to keep the body moving while applying a constant pressure. For instance, applying still quiet pressure to the pectoral muscle while at the same time moving the arm around. – A stillness in the movement, essentially. But, by constantly and briskly moving your hands, the nervous system isn’t given the opportunity to settle, the mind follows along and doesn’t rest, and the tissue doesn’t feel “heard”.
The biggest obstacle for us as MT’s is to now allow rushed or hyper energy into the treatment room. This can be a challenge when you may have been overbooked, or caught in traffic on the way in or even excited to try out a new technique. But by taking a few moments to ground, be fully present, patient, and open, you are creating a safe, welcoming, environment for your clients body to begin, (or continue) the healing process.