So, you’re sitting in the waiting room, and the thought of the relaxing massage you’ve been looking forward to all week suddenly gives way to a whole host of questions. If it’s your first massage, you might be a little apprehensive but there’s really no need to be.
Although there’s no such thing as a silly question, we’ve taken the liberty of answering some frequent questions for you right here.
Can I Choose the Gender of my Therapist?
Of course you can. Some people have reasons for preferring a therapist of the opposite (or the same gender) and we promise not to judge you. You can always ask to meet your therapist before your session if you’re concerned.
Is This A Legitimate Massage Centre or Spa?
Massage parlors – the type that offers erotic massage – are not obviously seedy. Along with checking business websites, Google search and social media reviews, you may want to ask a few well-chosen questions to make sure your massage is all you expect it to be – and no more! Those questions are:
- Do you offer therapeutic massages?
- Is the massage therapist certified or licensed?
- Will I need to complete a client health questionnaire?
If you get a yes for all three you shouldn’t get any uncomfortable surprises!
Will I Have to Take Everything Off?
Not if you don’t want to. Although many massage enthusiasts like to have their treatments naked. It’s completely up to you. Some treatments like reflexology, Reiki or Indian Head Massage are carried out fully clothed.
It’s also fine if you’d prefer to keep your underwear on during a massage. Don’t wear your favorite smalls though as they might get massage oil on them (although your therapist will be as careful as possible). Tight-fitting underwear can get in the way if you’re having lower back massage but a thong or loose undies that can be moved around will be fine.
Even if you do decide to go as nature intended for your massage, your professional therapist will ensure your dignity is kept intact. Your therapist will leave the room whilst you change before and after treatment and will only see the area that they’re working on and your modesty will always be properly covered with a towel.
What If I Drool or Get An Erection?
Your therapist will consider it a compliment if you doze off during a massage and if you’re lying face down, it’s not unusual to drool. Just ask for a tissue and nobody will bat an eyelid.
Some men may worry that they’ll get an erection during a massage – it happens. Men will quite often get an erection during a non-sexual massage because the gentle therapeutic touch can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to a partial or full erection.
Don’t be embarrassed; it’s happened before and an experienced therapist will just ignore it.
Should I Talk During A Massage?
It’s totally up to you – If all you want to do is close your eyes and drift away, that’s fine. Some types of massage, like a sports massage or deep tissue/detox massage might require a little more feedback, because when the therapist is getting deep into your muscle knots, they’ll need to make sure it’s not uncomfortable.
Don’t be afraid to tell us if:
- You need to tell us something health-related
- You have any questions
- You’re too hot or cold
- It hurts – anywhere
I’m Worried That I’ll Feel Self-Conscious
Massage therapists are like doctors in that they see bodies of all shapes and sizes. We can all feel self-conscious at times but don’t let that get in the way of a food massage! If you’re really worried, by all means ask the therapist to avoid the area you’re conscious about. You might find that you get so relaxed during your massage that you don’t mind after all.
You could also choose a clothed massage like Shiatsu or Thai.