Musings from the Massage Chair & Table

What ‘NOT’ to Say to a Therapist (Part 3 of 3)

on August 26, 2013

This is the final part of the series. If you’ve missed part one or two, you can click here and here.

What NOT to say to a massage therapist

17.         I don’t drink water. Before I was a massage therapist, I was in the same camp. I didn’t drink water AT ALL. My body let you know I didn’t either – my skin was compared to elephant hide, and I had severe acne. During a massage class, my classmates were brought up to look at my back, to see what dehydration looked like. (That really happened.) Now that I drink much more water than I have in ages, my skin is much better, and although my acne hasn’t completely cleared up, I cannot be mistaken for what high schoolers would call a ‘pizza face’.

18.         I’ve been told I give ‘pretty good’ massages. I’m glad other people think you have good hands. It’s a very good talent to have, but a few classes under your belt would not hurt! This way, you’ll know how to help someone, as opposed to making a situation worse.  Hey, people may just say that you give excellent massages then!

19.         I just came in from work; Sorry I didn’t take a shower. Unless there is thick green smoke wafting from you, body odor can be dealt with. Now with that being said, don’t jump into a porta-potty on the way to your session.

20.         I didn’t shave. I would SO rather massage a hairy body, than a stubbly one. But that’s just my preference. When you shave, you remove a layer of skin cells. You have no idea what media the therapist is using for your massage. As a result, you may end up with clogged pores or blackheads. What would you rather have – a hairy body, or backne (back acne)?

21.         Do I ‘have’ to tip? This is a *very* sensitive subject among Massage Therapists. Some therapists get fairly upset by not getting a tip. Talking to a therapist that I look up to, he put it this way –

If you’re paying full rate for a massage — tip or don’t tip, it doesn’t matter to me. I set the price at a livable wage for myself.

If you’re getting a discount because you’re on a fixed income — don’t tip. Treat your family well — except maybe at the holidays (nice, but not necessary).

If you’re redeeming a gift certificate that someone else bought — well, the buyer should have included the tip.

If you’re redeeming a gift certificate that I donated to a non-profit — definitely tip — there is still overhead associated with that massage and the opportunity cost of working for ‘free’ vs working for a paying client.

As far as I’m concerned, tip if you feel that you’ve gotten a good massage. If you can’t afford to tip, don’t feel bad about it, please. I’d much rather you feel better, and tell others about your experience. You won’t get a lesser experience because you don’t give a tip. But this is my personal opinion, based on my own experiences.

Well, what do you think? Do you have any questions or comments that weren’t covered in these past posts? I would really LOVE to know!


10 responses to “What ‘NOT’ to Say to a Therapist (Part 3 of 3)

  1. Hilarious!! I’ve been guilty of the not shaving one before at the pedicure salon 😦 Atleast not to my masseuse)

  2. Katherine G says:

    I think you did an awesome job. I have never had a massage. It feels so weird to me and it tickles. Maybe its because it wasn’t a professional.

    • NiaMassage says:

      Here’s something that you can do the next time you get tickled – place your hand in the spot that you’re feeling ticklish, if you can reach. If you can’t reach spread your fingers out, like spirit fingers – it helps!

      A tickle is the lightest pain level one has, and sometimes even the threat of being tickled can cause a reaction. You putting your hand in the area that ‘s feeling ticklish will short circuit the tickle.

      If you experience a ticklish feeling during a massage, let the therapist know; they can always change the pressure. There’s about 12% of the population that are still ticklish after doing this trick – I actually have a client that’s like this – it’s a fun session, that’s for sure.

      Let me know if this works for you! – Sonia

  3. sweetsavant says:

    I’m sure I could be used as an example of dehydration as well, this is a good reminder for me to drink more water…and LOL at “happy endings” in the graphic!

  4. Love the series, informative and funny at the same time. Well done.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: