5 Things Your Massage Therapist Doesn’t Care About
As a massage therapist, you see, hear, and most importantly, feel all kinds of things. Every body is unique and that’s something to be celebrated. Whether your tall, short, fat, thin, hairy, bald, dry, oily…we could go on, but to be quite honest…we don’t really care!
There are a lot of things people tend to be self-conscious about when they receive massage. The purpose of this post is to help you understand that none of those things bother us, or affect our work. More than likely, we don’t even notice whatever it is your self-conscious about. We focus on what’s beneath the surface.
Here are five common things that, experience has shown, you care more about than your massage therapist:
1. If you shaved.
Women tend to apologize if they have forgotten or haven’t had time to shave their legs. Secret? Ladies, your massage therapist doesn’t care if you shave! (Whew!) But seriously.
We are working with deeper tissues and whether you shave doesn’t effect what we feel and focus on. Dermal (skin) level differences are really inconsequential. Of course, we are checking skin temperature, as inflammation will feel warmer, indicating a deeper issue in that particular area. But things like hair, or dry skin, or a zit, or a mole, or any other thing that you may feel compelled to apologize for…let it go! We honestly don’t pay attention to any of that, so next time you are about to apologize for the normal, natural aspects of the body, forget about it and move on!
2. If you sweat.
Even when the table warmer is off and it’s -15 degrees outside, clients still sweat when receiving massage, and guess what…we don’t care! However, if the room is too hot or the table warmer too warm, then we absolutely do care. We can adjust those things to make you more comfortable. But massage increases circulation, so sometimes, even when the environment is cool, you still get hot and start to sweat. Often times, when this happens people feel the need to apologize and I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to! Do we notice sweat? Yes. Does it affect how we perform our job? No. So sweat away, and be sure to rehydrate after your massage.
3. If you snore.
This is a big one. People falling asleep on a massage table is nothing new. It happens now, I’m sure it happened thousands of years ago, and I’m certain it will continue to happen for the lifetime of the profession. When you drift off and begin snoring, we couldn’t care less. It’s nothing to be embarrassed by and to be quite honest, I personally take it as a compliment when I notice a client snoring.Sleep and stress are extremely interconnected. Lack of sleep increases stress, and increased stress disturbs sleep. So, if a client reaches a point of relaxation where they are able to fall asleep during a massage, that tells me their stress level has been reduced. Given that this is part of what we hope to achieve during a treatment, I’m always pleased when I notice a bit of snoring.
4. If you talk/don’t talk.
One thing I’ve found over the years is that people seem to be unsure of whether or not they should talk during their massage. So I’ll just say, do what you want. We don’t care if you want to chit-chat the whole time, or not say a word. It’s whatever you prefer. The only time we may ask you to talk less, is if we are working on neck or jaw muscles. This is simply because those particular muscle groups are having to work when you talk and we are trying to help them relax. Otherwise, whether or not you talk makes absolutely no difference.
And if you are one who likes to talk during your massage, please don’t feel like you need to apologize for that! We are happy to engage as much or as little as you like.
5. If you wear/don’t wear undies.
Nude or no? Each person has their personal preference, and whatever you prefer, we prefer. Your comfort is a very high priority, so even if you come in and want to leave all your clothes on, we’re good with that. No matter what you are comfortable wearing, or not wearing, we will provide the best service possible.
We only undrape the area we are working, and we make sure to secure the sheet so that you feel comfortable. If there is ever a time where you feel overly exposed or uncomfortable, we want you to let us know so that we can adjust accordingly.
But we do care…
We know that massage is a personal service, and some are more comfortable receiving it than others. While the above list mentions things we don’t really care about, the underlying theme is that we care. We care about you, your comfort, and your time in our hands. Our goal is to work with you and make your experience at The Massage Space a positive one.