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?

About teammadeonline www.melissamadefitness.com

Hello there! My name is Melissa McAllister. I am a proud 37 year old mother of a smart and witty 16 year old son and a bright and sassy 15 year old daughter. My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 22 years and married for 16 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don't get me wrong though...I was a Dorito and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 14 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 12 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 9 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! ;) Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! Everyone deserves to be excited to get dressed in the morning and proud to walk into any room. My Motto: I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

Posted on November 30, 2012, in About Me. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. There is a lady named Mandy that works in the spa at Lifetime Fitness on 121- she is the best I have ever had!

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