Can I wear my clothes for the massage?
Yes! I never want any of my clients to feel uncomfortable during a massage. Most of my clients are either completely naked or wearing underwear. However, if you feel more comfortable wearing more clothing, then I encourage you to stay within your comfort zone and only undress to your comfort level. I always bring a special sheet that will glide on itself acting like a lotion would, while allowing you to still wear your clothing and experience the best massage possible.
As a Professional Massage Therapist, I practice consertive draping where the chances of more sensitive regions being exposed to my eyes or others are minimal.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
You may be required to fill out a health history form. 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. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
How long should I plan in my day for have a massage?
If this is your first massage, it'll take a little longer than usual in order for me to understand what your desired results are from the massage and to go over health history. So, if you're getting a 75-minute massage, then I would recommend planning about two hours of time to allow up to 15 minutes of chatting and evaluating prior to the massage and another 15 minutes post massage.
What if I get an erection during my massage?
Sometimes it happens. Yet, most men avoid massage for fear this will happen to them. Or, they get a massage but are unable to relax because of this fear. But there is no reason to be embarrassed.
Sometimes men get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic, full body massage. Touch administered to any part of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can result in a partial or complete erection.
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 (briefs or boxer briefs) which provide more support than traditional boxers.
Note: If the therapist feels that the session has turned sexual for the client, male or female, he/she may stop the session to clarify the client's intent, and may decide to end the session immediately.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Some questions that you may have and that others have asked are answered here below.