- Karen Stoner, LMT
Massage Tips and Trivia: Massage Positioning
"You don't have to only lay on your back or face down on a table to receive a massage. Massage can be performed laying on your side or even seated in a chair."
Many people will avoid getting a massage because they are uncomfortable with the thought of laying flat on their back or on their stomach on a flat table. But these are not the only ways you can receive a massage. Therapists can perform a massage in many different ways depending on the client' comfort level and needs. A side-lying position with the client supported by bolsters and pillows still allows the therapist to work on all parts of the body that a traditional face-up/face-down position would. Likewise, chair massage, or even massage seated in a regular chair can still be effective.
The goal of the therapist is to make the massage comfortable, and that includes how the massage is conducted. Change of position, extra pillows, etc. As long as the therapist is working safely and within the confines of regulations, there are a myriad of ways that a client can be positioned to receive their massage so that they are comfortable, and their areas needing focus can be reached.