Receiving a massage can be one of the most relaxing and beneficial ways to spend our time but, for some people, it can also be a huge source of anxiety. Since many of us aren’t frequent visitors of a massage therapist, we can have a lot of questions on how the experience goes and how we should be treating our massage therapist that we are too scared to answer. We talked with Sam, a massage therapist at Massage Envy for the past fours, to inquire what she wished her clients knew before visiting a massage therapist.
In terms of comfort, Sam offers that the client should wear as much or as little clothing as they feel comfortable in. If it makes you feel better to leave your undergarments on then the therapist will be prepared to adjust the massage per your comfort. On the other hand, if you decide to wear nothing there is no judgment of body parts or anything from your massage therapist. It can be guaranteed that at this point they have seen pretty much everything.
Your comfort is, of course, important to your massage therapist, but their comfort is important as well. According to Sam, the worst thing you can do during a session is to use innuendos or advances on the therapist because of their profession. This is the therapist’s profession and they expect to be treated as such. Sam has even had clients go as far as trying to ask her on a date in the middle of the massage which caused her to have to finish the session while feeling uncomfortable.
The biggest complaint that Sam has towards clients are those who don’t respect their therapist’s time, “Where I work, our whole workday is doing massage with only 10 minutes between sessions, in which we are informing the clients about wellness, offering them water and changing over the room.” These few minutes are essential for keeping the clients moving through and keeping the massage therapist on track. If you’re running late or decide to not come at all without informing anyone, you are disrespecting the time of the therapist and their other clients.
With this information, you can go forward and enjoy your massage while knowing that your massage therapist feels respected. This results in both of you having the best experience possible.
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