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If you are fortunate enough to receive regular massages, good for you. They can improve posture, digestion, stress levels, circulation, immunity, and so much more. The relationship between client and massage therapist is an interesting one. It’s at once very personal, but also very removed. You do essentially strip down for this person and let them put their hands all over your body. But they also don’t know much about you (unless you’re one of the chatty types, but even still, they can only learn so much in a 60-minute session). Massage therapists are an interesting hybrid between a type of medical professional and a luxury service provider. They’re not doctors, but they are trained in subjects like pathology, physiology, and kinesiology, and should be treated as such. Still, awkward moments abound between clients and massage therapists. Here are 15 things your massage therapist wishes you knew.

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You don’t know what firm is

Everyone who thinks they like firm pressure actually likes medium pressure. You have to realize that a massage therapist has very strong hands and has clients who ask her to literally walk on them. A real “firm” is too firm for most.

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