No.15 Arthur Street, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DE :: tel 01671 402 523 :: e-mail TherapywithSusan@aol.com
Your Massage Questions Answered
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 embarrassed to.
1) Am I supposed to take off my underwear?
A few people do prefer to keep their pants on during a massage, 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 properly covered. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered.
2) What if I realise I've 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 asks 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 like 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 too cold
- you experience pain
- you have any questions related to 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 reason to be embarrassed. It's perfectly normal for men to get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic massage.
Gentle touch administered 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 the massage, which provides more support than boxers.
6) The pressure isn't deep enough, but I don't want to insult Susan or Angie'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 one to 10 where one is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than seven.
7) I'm self-conscious 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'm overweight
- I have excessive hair growth on my body
- I've got acne on my face or back
- My feet are ugly
- I have scars
If you're self-conscious about a certain part of your body, you can ask Susan or Angie to avoid that area. Remember only the part of your body being massage is ever exposed.
Simply remember to give complete and accurate information to Susan and Angie during your initial consultation, so that they are aware of any precautions or contraindications.