Are you considering taking a personal day that includes the spa, facials, a fancy haircut, and maybe a massage? If so, good for you and your health!
Once all of your services are booked, you may find yourself freaking out over what happens before, during, and after your massage, especially if you’ve never had one. We’re going to go through massage etiquette so you are properly prepared for this relaxing day.
Keep reading to find out how you should prepare for your first massage!
One of the most important aspects of massage is the relationship between you and your therapist. That relationship requires honesty. You will be given a consent form as well as paperwork that includes questions about any medical problems or pain you’re having.
Some of the questions might seem personal or unimportant, but if they’re included, there’s a reason. Answer all inquiries about your health honestly
No ‘Extra’ Services
In the movies, you may have seen people asking for ‘happy endings.’
These sexual favors are illegal in most areas and the therapist can choose to end your service without a refund. Aside from the fact that asking for ‘extras’ can be illegal, it is also rude.
While on the topic of being respectful, remember to shower before your appointment and arrive on time. This prevents any uncomfortable moments and allows you to receive the full amount of time that you’ve paid for.
Booking During Lunch?
If you happen to choose to use your lunch hour to book your massage, avoid eating a heavy breakfast or lunch. This isn’t to say that you need to fast for any length of time, just opt for lighter foods.
This helps you avoid any discomfort from indigestion or bloating during your time on the table. It also will mean a smaller chance of needing a bathroom break.
You may ask yourself why you should have to pay for a massage and then leave a tip. Unfortunately, the cost of your massage doesn’t always go directly to the therapist and they will often cover various costs like oils and fragrances.
Although a tip is not mandatory, it is customary and always appreciated. Service charges aren’t a tip and if a therapist is given any of that money, it is a low percent. Some spas offer a tipping guide, but if you aren’t sure, 15-20% is standard.
Massage Etiquette: Stop Stressing
Massage therapists have seen it all: thick body hair, weird moles, scars, and rolls of fat. There is no need to worry about what the therapist will think of your body and nor do you need to obsessively remove every bit of random hair.
In fact, you don’t even have to be completely naked if you’re not comfortable with it. If you prefer, you can leave your undergarments in place and still receive all the benefits of the massage. Should you be comfortable in the buff, there is a modesty drape to keep all areas covered.
Keeping these two sentiments in mind will allow you to fully enjoy your experience and ensure you leave your appointment completely relaxed.
If you would like to try these massage etiquette tips, check out our directory of spas and massage therapists in your area!