Answers to your Massage Therapy Questions
If you’ve never had a massage before there may be many questions you might have about proper protocol. Read on for tips to answer those questions so you can relax and make the most of your first massage.
One of the most frequently asked questions about massage therapy sessions is whether you should tip your massage therapist. Actually, there are no specific rules about this unless you are getting your massage at a spa or hotel. In that case, it is standard to tip your massage therapist between 15 to 20%. If you are getting your massage in a clinical or even a medical setting; however, tipping may not be necessary.
The subject of nudity is another common query regarding massage therapy. Many people wonder whether they need to remove all of their clothing or not. The final rule about this is that you should do whatever is most comfortable for you. If you are comfortable removing all of your clothing, then that is fine. On the other hand, if you would prefer to keep your briefs or panties on, that is acceptable as well. Be aware; however, that if you do intend to keep some articles of clothing on, it is advisable not to wear tight-fitting briefs or panties because they can get in the way. Rest assured that regardless of what you choose, the massage therapist will ensure that you are always properly covered by the towel or sheet.
There is no need to be concerned about embarrassment while you undress. The massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing. They will ensure you have ample time to undress and then lie down on the massage table under the sheet or towel. Before the massage therapist enters, he or she will always knock on the door and ask if you are ready.
When it comes to talking during your massage, this is also completely up to you. Don’t feel as though you need to make conversation if you don’t feel like it. This is a treatment, after all and you should feel comfortable relaxing.
If you feel uncomfortable during the massage, for any reason, be sure to speak up about it. Regardless of whether the temperature in the room is too cold or hot, you’re experiencing pain or you have a question, don’t hesitate to voice your concern or question.
Likewise, don’t be concerned about voicing any concerns you may have about certain parts of your body. It is not that uncommon for many people to be self-conscious about parts of their body because they have scars, they feel they are overweight or something similar. Even if you are self-conscious this should not prevent you from seeking the benefits available through massage therapy. There are several alternative options. For example, you could ask the therapist to avoid whatever area of your body concerns you or you could also select a type of massage that is performed through clothing such as a Thai or Shiatsu massage.
Finally, be aware that while there are often many long-running jokes regarding the legitimacy of massage therapy; be aware massage therapy is an important type of medical treatment that can provide numerous health benefits. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a particular massage clinic, always be sure to ask up front whether the therapist(s) are licensed and/or certified. You can also verify the legitimacy of a clinic by asking what types of massage therapy is offered and if the clinic requires a health questionnaire. Legitimate clinics offer therapeutic massage and always require a health questionnaire.