Am I supposed to be nude? Do I say anything if the pressure's not deep enough? What if I'm self-conscious about my body?
Here are the answers to seven massage questions you may want to ask, but might be too embarressed to.
1) Am I supposed to take off my underwear? A few people do prefer to keep their pants on during a massge, while the majority prefer to be completely nude. It really is up to you, although you get the greatest benefit from a massage by being nude as a lot of tension is held in the buttocks.
Your massage therapist ensures that you are always proprly covered. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered.
2) What if I realise I have drooled? Most people fall into a peaceful slumber during their massage but when they wake up, they notice a pool of drool on the massage table. This is very common. It often happens when people are being massaged while lying face down on the massage table.
Don't be afraid to ask for a tissue.
3) Will my massage therapist be there when I undress? Your massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing and put on a lovely cotton wrap-around gown.
Don't rush and worry that your therapist will walk in on you - she will always knock and ask if you are ready before entering the therapy room.
4) Should I talk during the massage? A small number of people prefer to talk during their massage, please don't feel you have to make conversation. After all, you're having a treatment not at a cocktail party!
Feel free to close your eyes, relax and drift off and enjoy this blissful experience - this is what most people do.
Be sure to speak up if...
the room is too hot or cold
you experience pain
you have any questions related o the massage
there's anything you forgot to mention during your initial consultation
5) What if I get an erection? Some men don't get a massage because they worry they'll get an erection. Or they have a massage and are unable to relax because of this fear.
There is no need to be embarrassed. It's perfectly normal for men to get an erection during non-sexual, therapeutic massage.
Gentle touch adminstered to any area of the body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and cause a partial or full erection. Therapists understand this and will ignore it.
If you are still worried, you may wish to wear a men's bikini bathing suit during massage, which provides more support than boxers.
6) The pressure isn't deep enough, but I don't want to insult Angela's technique. What should I do? Communicate openly with your therapist. Keep in mind it's a myth that massage therapy has to hurt to be effective.
The most effective type of massage therapy is gentle and does not involve deep pressure or pain. In fact, too much pressure can cause muscles to seize up. Here at No.15 our holistic Massages are blissful, gentle yet firm and deeply relaxing.
A good rule of thumb is - on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than 7.
7) I'm self-concious about a certain part of my body and don't want my therapist to see it. What can I do? People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are...
I have excess hair growth on my body
I've got acne on my face and back
My feet are ugly
I have scars
Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking healthcare, whether it's visiting your doctor or seeing a holistic therapist.
If you're self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask Angela to avoid that area. Remember only the part of your body being massaged is ever exposed.
Simply remember to give complete and accurate information during your initial consultation, so Angela is aware of any precautions or contraindications.