uncomfortable/ embarrassing massage questions answered!

perhaps you are a seasoned massage veteran, or maybe you are a first-timer, but it is likely that somewhere along the road you’ve had some questions about massage sessions in general, some of which you may have felt unsure of or uncomfortable asking. more likely than not, they are the same questions running through the minds of other folks. i’ve addressed some of the most common ones here, but if you have a pressing question that isn’t covered, feel free to chime in under comments, or send an email to brooke@tranquilspace.com.

do i keep my underwear on or take it off?
this one is purely a matter of comfort for you, the client. keep in mind that you will be covered the entire time, and that it is often easier (but not impossible) for the therapist to work on the glutes/ upper legs if you are underwear-free.

oh god. my stomach is grumbling loudly/ i farted on the table.
ok, so we realize you may be totally mortified, but trust us, it happens all the time. the thing is, most of the time folks are going about their day-to-day activities with their sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) in full effect. massage encourages the body to relax into parasympathetic mode (rest and restore), which allows it to put more of its energy toward processes like digestion. and since the aim of massage is to encourage the body to let go, it’s only natural when the process gets a little grumbly and gassy :)

oops, i didn’t shave my legs!
please don’t worry about this, really. we see people with varying amounts of body hair all the time. you’re not going to offend us, and we’re not going to judge you, so just relax!

is it weird if i ask you to work on my glutes? what about my stomach?
glutes and stomach work are perfectly reasonable requests, so don’t be afraid to ask. the only prohibitive factor may be a therapist who is not trained to work on the stomach area. just ask!

do i tip for massage/ body work? if so, what is standard?
tips are always appreciated, though not required. treat it like you would tipping at a restaurant: 15%-20% for good service is typical. and thank you!

i’m too hot/ too cold/ the pressure is too much/ i hate the music…..
this is your session. please don’t hesitate to voice any concerns to your therapist. we are happy to do what we can to make sure your session is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

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