Massage Etiquette or (Everything you wanted to know about massage but were afraid to ask?)
1) Am I supposed to take off my underwear when I get a massage?
Many people prefer to keep their pants or briefs on during a massage, while others prefer to be completely nude. It’s up to you, if you do remove your underwear, licensed massage therapists must ensure that you are always properly covered by a sheet or towel. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered.
If your problem areas are your lower back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work, but a thong for women or briefs for men should do the trick.
2) What if I realize I’ve drooled during the massage?
Many people fall into a peaceful slumber during the massage but when they wake up, they notice a pool of drool on the pillow or massage table. This is very common. It often happens when people are being massaged while lying face down on the massage table.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a tissue.
3) Will the massage therapist be there when I undress?
I alwaysl leave the room so that you can remove your clothing and lie on the massage mat (usually face down) under the top sheet.
Don’t rush or worry that I will walk in on you — I always knock and asks if you are ready before entering the massage room.
4) Should I talk to the massage therapist during the massage?
Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don’t feel like you have to make conversation with me. After all, you’re having a treatment, you’re not at a cocktail party!
Feel free to close your eyes and relax, which is what most people do.
Thai Traditional Massage requires more feedback. I often work on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is not uncomfortable.
Be sure to speak up if:
- you experience pain
- you have any questions related to the massage
- there’s anything you forgot to mention during the consultation
5) What if I get an erection during the massage?
Some men don’t get massage therapy because they worry that they’ll get an erection. Or they get the massage, but are unable to relax during the massage because of this fear.
But there is no reason to be embarrassed. It’s perfectly normal for men to get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic massage.
Gentle touch administered to any area of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and cause a partial or full erection. This subject was discussed at Wat Po when I was training so I understand this and will ignore it.
If you are still worried, you may wish to wear a men’s bikini bathing suit during the massage, which provides more support than boxers.
6) How do I know if it’s a legitimate massage clinic?
Although you might think massage parlours that offer sensual or erotic massage may look obviously seedy, it can be sometimes be difficult to tell.
If you’re trying a new clinic or spa, it’s a good idea to call first and ask these questions:
- Do you offer therapeutic massage? I do offer therapeutic massage.
- Is the massage therapist certified or licensed? Please check my qualifications.
- Do you require a health questionnaire of your clients? Yes.
I only offer therapeutic massage.You are welcome to check my qualifications.
I will ask you questions about your state of health before your first massage. Also you should mention
anything specific about your health which you think might be relevant.
As a licensed massage therapist there will be no contact with your genitals or nipples during the massage.
7) The pressure isn’t deep enough, but I don’t want to insult the massage therapist’s technique. What should I do?
Communicate openly with the massage therapist. Keep in mind however that it’s a myth that massage therapy has to hurt to be effective.
Some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain. In fact, too much pressure can cause muscles to seize up.
Here is a good rule of thumb — on a scale of one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.
8) I’m self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don’t want the massage therapist to see me. What can I do?
People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are: I’m overweight.
I have excessive hair growth on my body.
I’ve got acne on my face or back.
My feet are ugly.
I have scars.
Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking health care, whether it’s visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist.
If you’re self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask to avoid that area.
Or, you can opt for a therapy that is done through clothing, such as Thai Massage, because no massage oil or lotion is used,so you can remain fully clothed during the session.
You can even bring your own comfortable clothes to change into
Just remember to provide complete and accurate information about your health history, so that I am aware of any precautions or contraindications.