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Embarrassing Massage Questions (Part 1)

At some point in time everyone should have a professional massage. However, there are some questions that many are too embarrassed to ask. Questions like, are you really supposed to take all of your clothes off? Should you tip your masseuse? What do you say if you want them to press more firmly or lightly? Here are some answers to some of your more embarrassing massage questions.

1. Tips

 
To tip or not to tip is a frequent question. If you’re at a spa or a hotel, it is customary to give a tip of 15 to 20 percent. However, it’s not mandatory. When you’re in a medical setting, it’s not required. Many therapists and associations state that it’s not appropriate in medical or clinical settings. Still other say that it’s not mandatory, but it is appreciated. If unsure, ask when you make the appointment if it’s customary. That way, you’ve already asked before you go in and you can ask that over the phone to avoid them knowing who exactly asked.

2. Should I Remove My Underwear?

 
This is a common question and it varies from person to person. The bottom line is this, it’s all up to you. If you have lower back issues and want them to be able to get to your lower back, you may find that removing your panties is more helpful. If underwear is too tight, it can restrict the blood flow and prevent the masseuse from helping the specific area that needs help. Alternatives are that women could opt for a thong and men could opt for briefs. These are looser and will allow the masseuse to get to those areas without having to compromise your feeling of modesty.

Additionally, it is a requirement in North America that if underwear is removed, that the licensed massage therapist must make sure that you’re always properly covered up with a sheet or a towel. The only area uncovered will be where they are working.

3. What If I Drool?

 
It’s quite common for a person to fall asleep during their massage. When they awaken they may notice that they’ve drooled. It’s common and happens to a lot of people, especially if they’re face down. Simply ask for a tissue and your therapist will give you one.

4. Must I Undress In Front Of Them?

 
No, the therapist will leave the room so you can undress. Simply undress and lie down underneath of the sheet and they will knock on the door when they return and ask if you’re ready. Take your time, they will be patient.

5. Do I Need To Talk During My Massage?

 
Of course you don’t. If you wish to talk that is fine, however, most people prefer to simply relax and enjoy their massage. You’re not at a party and you’re not required to carry on a conversation. Simply enjoy your massage.

There are a variety of massages available from deep tissue massage to sports massage you’re sure to find the kind that you need. Massage therapists frequently work on deep tissue layers and muscles and will want to make sure you’re not uncomfortable. Be sure to tell them if you experience any of the following:

“Room is too hot or cold.”
“You have pain”
“You have questions”
“You forgot to mention something during your consultation”

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