March 31, 2014
I massaged a couple of people last week. One of them was very receptive but the other one was quite tense. I thought perhaps asking him to breath in and out with me will relax him. Also, as we were inhaling and exhaling at the same time, his body would be also relaxed when I pushed/pulled him.
Is syncing the breath with the client important? Is this the best way to get them to relax?
Suzan, I rarely ask clients to breathe with me since this might feel like an effort to them. There will always be clients who will relax easier than others. If someone has a hard time relaxing, I will sometimes silently talk to them asking them to relax, kind of like a conversation in the mind.
If I feel resistance to some stretches I also often gently say to them out loud, but in a very soothing tone: "Relax"
The other thing which I often do when I feel resistance especially to stretches is switch the technique to gentle rocking moves.