One of the most common complaints I hear about massage therapists is that they TALK TOO MUCH! To some, it seems obvious that a massage therapist should be quiet while giving a massage and let their client relax. To others... not so much. It's part of the art of communication and it's difficult to teach.
I have clients who I see regularly that DO want to talk. They find it relaxing to talk about their day, their family, their vacations, politics or the state of the world in general. It's part of their process. I have other clients who rarely utter more than a few words. I've been seeing them regularly for years and I still know very little about them or their lives. For most, it is a mix. Some days they want to chat. Some days they don't (isn't that true of all of us on any given day?) Sometimes we talk and catch up for the first few minutes and then they settle into their quiet place.
As a client, you have every right to ask a massage therapist for quiet during your massage. Don't be afraid to say "I really need some quiet time today" or "I'd rather not talk today" and most massage therapists will quiet right down and not be offended at all. If they still don't get it, I suggest using your outside voice and saying "BLAH BLAH BLAH... I GET IT! NOW... SSSHHHHH!!!!!"
My commitment to you is that I will let YOU decide how much or how little you'd like to chat with me during your appointment. I will pay attention to your cues.
Take care of you,