First Time Massage?
Is it your first time receiving massage? Relax! We will walk you through the basics.
If going to get a massage for the first time makes you nervous, you're not alone. Many people have their first massage when they get a gift certificate to a day spa . Some people don't even use the gift certificates because they're anxious about what will happen.
When It's Your First Time receiving a massage:
* Ask for a tour before you book an appointment.
* When you book your appointment, tell them it's your first visit. They should take time to answer any questions you have.
* Feel free to ask questions about which massage treatments would be right for you.
* Arrive on time to ensure you get your full hour, I wouldn't recommend arriving too early as to avoid waiting room boredom.
* Check in at the front desk and remind them it's your first time.
* The therapist will come and introduce herself to you when your appointment is scheduled to begin and escort you to the treatment room.
* In the room, the therapist will instruct you in how to get on the table -- face up or face down -- and answer any questions or concerns you might have, then she will leave the room.
* The therapist will knock before reentering.
* At the end of the treatment the therapist will leave the room while you put your clothes back on, and wait outside for you to emerge.
Being nude is a big issue with first-time mas sage receivers. In fact, the most common questions about massage etiquette revolves around being nude. "Do I have to take my clothes off to get a massage?" "Will the massage therapist see me nude? Some people are reluctant to even get a massage because they don't feel comfortable being nude in front of strangers.
So, what's the real story with being nude during a massage?
In general, a massage is done nude -- but modesty is always respected. It's important to know that you're in control -- you can wear underwear if it helps you feel more comfortable. If you have any qualms about it, rest assured. It's easier than you think. You enter a private, dimly lit treatment room, take your robe off, and hang it on the back of the door. You slip your slippers off and climb in between the sheets on the massage table while the therapist is out of the room. There might be candles and dreamy spa music playing. The therapist will knock before entering so you won't be caught in an embarrassing position.
During the massage, the therapist uses a technique called "draping." Only the part of the body being massaged -- your back, or one arm, or one leg -- is exposed. Your privates are never exposed. Women's breasts are not exposed or massaged. Your buttocks sometimes are, but in a therapuetic manner, one side at a time and the draping keeps your "crack" covered at all times, glute work is always optional, if you have reservations about it, just let me know and we can skip it if you prefer.
That said, you can absolutely wear your underwear if you want to. Your comfort level is the most important factor.
Men sometimes think that being nude means they can get a sensual massage. This is not the case, do not ask or you will be very embarassed and told to leave immediately. I've spent thousands of dollars on tuition, to become a licensed therapist. Do not mistake me for anything less.