Massage has so many benefits not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Human touch is very important, it can relieve pain, reassure the timid or meek and calm the anxious. No one should be left out of the opportunity to receive a healing therapeutic massage though there are some people who choose not to because they are shy or they simply feel unworthy or embarrassed. Since everyone can benefit from professional massage, we Massage Therapists want to make sure that no one misses out which is why we approach each and every client with respect, acceptance and non-judgement. Listed below are a few of the reasons that people may shy away from massage and an explanation as to why they should open up and give it a chance to receive the numerous benefits it will bring.
1.) Some people are shy about taking off their clothes for a number of reasons from a very modest up-bringing, religious views or in some cases because they were a victim of sexual assault. There are many ways that you can enjoy a massage without the worry. One way is to have a Chair Massage, you can receive a fully clothed, full body massage in a specially designed massage chair which can relieve the anxiety of taking off your clothing. Although Chair Massage is generally offered in public places such as malls, airports, etcetera, you can make a special request to receive a chair Massage in the comfort of a spa or in your own home. There is also a misconception that you have to remove all of your clothing to receive a massage, there is no rule that says that you have to take off all of your clothing. Undergarments such as bras and underwear can be left on to make you more comfortable. It is important to note that whether you remove all of your clothes or not, at no point during the massage treatment will you be inappropriately exposed. An experienced Massage Therapist is specially trained to drape each client with great care and respect.
2.) Another reason that people may shy away from massage is that they feel their body size precludes them from having a professional massage. Whether they feel that they are too thin or too heavy, it is important to know that their Massage Therapist passes no judgement on them. An arm or leg is no easier or harder to massage due to its size. Only one body part will be exposed at a time and all others will remain safely covered.
3.) One last reason that a person may choose not to receive a professional massage is because of a skin condition or excess body hair growth. There are many skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, excess moles or skin tags that are non-communicable and perfectly safe to massage. As long as a skin condition is not contagious, there is no worry. If excess body hair is a concern, the Massage Therapist will need to use a little extra massage cream or oil otherwise there is no difference from a typical massage. Remember that your Massage Therapist has probably seen it all and are more people out there like you than you may think.
It may seem redundant but I would like to stress that you will not be judged or inappropriately exposed at any point during your massage treatment. Your Massage Therapist is experienced and has probably dealt with an issue similar to yours before and is more concerned about your comfort, health and well-being. Above all else remember that during your massage session you are in control and can choose to end the treatment at any time if you are feeling uncomfortable. You may even choose to have your Massage Therapist focus on areas such as your scalp, hands and feet which may feel less vulnerable but can still provide you with tremendous stress relief. If you are very reluctant, then a large spa may not be where you want to receive your first massage treatment. A Massage Therapist with an independent practice will be able to spend more time and attention one on one with you and you can establish a relationship which can contribute to more comfort. Don’t let yourself miss out on this healing, stress relieving experience.
Enjoy a professional massage today! Kristin Malone