Frequently Asked Questions
Afterward the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you.
When your intake is done, your therapist will take you to the treatment room and explain the procedure for disrobing and getting on the table.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then you should explore other types of bodywork that are performed clothed, like Thai or Chair Massage.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you – speak up! It’s OK!
Men do tend to get erections from time to time, but we know that they can happen during a non-sexual, therapeutic experience. It does not mean that the person is aroused or inappropriate. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in an involuntary reaction. An educated, professional massage therapist understands this, and it will not be an issue for him/her. If you are still concerned, I recommend wearing more fitted underwear to make you feel more secure.
We know women tend to be nervous when it comes to having a massage during menstruation. Though they are infrequent, accidents do happen. Again, it’s a part of life, but as medical professionals, we are used to dealing with these things. If you have concerns, just make sure you wear something that makes you feel secure, and talk to your therapist if you are feeling uncomfortable.
As for gas, it happens to everyone.
If none of these things have happened and you are still feeling uncomfortable with the situation, the first thing to do is speak up and find out what is going on. It is always a good idea to ask questions. Maybe the treatment you are receiving is part of another modality you have never had. Ask the Therapist what he/she is doing and why. If you aren’t satisfied with the answer, end things immediately.
Also keep in mind that Massage Therapists follow the same protocol. If they feel that the client is being inappropriate, they will end the session immediately. These are safe spaces meant for healing, and misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated.
One of the most important things between Therapist and client, is communication. Your therapist wants this to be the best experience for you to relax and enjoy. If you want anything changed: pressure, areas worked, position or if you are too hot or too cold … speak up! You will not hurt the therapist’s feelings by asking for something that will make you more comfortable.
Also, what you requested in one session may be different in another. If you had a full body massage last time you had a session, but this time you only want your back/neck/shoulders/arms worked, it’s perfectly fine to ask. You will enjoy your sessions so much more!
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