Worst Massage EVER!
I overdo my cardio every week, so last Sunday I decided to get a massage. I even scheduled a 2 hour one…man was I excited! Keyword here is “was”, this massage was terrible, horrible….and just plain Awful!!
For 120 minutes, I was stroked with a forearm across my back…up and down, up and down!! I have NEVER in my whole life wanted a massage to be over- until now!
I don’t blame the sweet thing though-she was very young. Since I was not in a normal massage coma, my mind went back into my work (what I was actually paying to NOT happen).
However, I did realize that masseuses and coaches have a lot in common. No really- Let me explain!
In order for a masseuse or coach to be really good at what they do; they need not to care about their pay but rather about the health of their clients. Right? Not only that, but they need to listen to their client’s needs and customize each session to focus on those needs.
The masseuse asked what areas I wanted to concentrate on. I mentioned hurting my back (specifically my sciatic nerve) while moving and would love to have it rubbed out. She pretended to be listening but never touched that region of my body at all. I believe a good coach should listen to their client’s needs and then truly cater to them. My specific needs in this case were ignored entirely.
In addition, the masseuse didn’t have any rhyme or reason to her technique. I asked for deep tissue but got a fancy lotion rub-down. What she did on the right side didn’t match that on the left and the time spent on one limb was half the time of the other. Whether you are a masseuse or coach, you need to have an educated game plan for your clients. Know in advance what your plan is and how to implement it. Of course there will be adjustments but the client can tell when someone is prepared and when they are just “winging it!”
I would so highly suggest for this young lady and for new coaches as well, to learn from these experiences. She may need to get a massage done to her from a successful more experienced masseuse. Possibly from this experience she could take some of their more personalized moves and make them her own or change them a little.
After the 105th forearm sweep across my back, I wanted to jump up and yell….PLEASE do something different but I contained myself. I realized that this was a lesson being taught to me and I needed to pay attention so I could mentor my team of coaches. Are you listening guys??? Have a game plan, listen to your clients and learn from other successful coaches. This is how you become great!!
Anyone know a good masseuse?