So we’ve all heard stories about inappropriateness in massage establishments, what can you do as a client to protect yourself?
It may seem too easy but talking to your therapist before your visit is a great way to get a feel for the environment your walking into. If the therapist is in a rush or short with answers that may be a great indicator that you might want to try someplace else. As a therapist, I usually don’t answer my phone or make return phone calls when I am busy or in a rush. I believe as much as a client should that pre-screening is important.
When you call to schedule as a client I would ask about techniques used, draping requirements and how long the therapist has been in practice. Now there are plenty of good therapists that have been out of school for a short period of time but the experience is a bonus (try both). What if you just called and scheduled without a screening?
I can tell you by asking several questions I know if you are a good candidate for a massage from your health history to your current wellness. The last thing you want to do as a client is show up to an appointment and have the therapist turn you away because of some contraindication whether a cold or out of control blood pressure issues.
That being said you feel great no health history and you walk in what should you look for? Personally, I hope to be welcomed and asked to fill out a health form but there have been times where no questionnaire was offered.
I usually always use the restroom as well (a little secret I was told years ago you can always tell the cleanliness of the kitchen by the restroom, applies everywhere!) Is their license visible? The Dept of Health of Florida states the licensee and establishment license must be posted and valid. Everything checks out great, let’s get started!
So you’re in the room, it should be well lit, the therapist has excused themselves so you can change and of course, clean sheets should be on the bed if not there’s your sign it may be time to leave. How’s the temp? If it’s too cold after you’ve got onto the table let your therapist know, (it is your right to communicate your needs). Sometimes tables have heating pads to keep you warm and most times the therapist has extra sheets or blanket to make you comfortable. Ah relaxed and ready check, knock knock!!
Draping is a BIG deal, it not only protects you as a client, it protects the therapist as well. Most therapists will only undrape the body part being worked on if they reveal more simply request the drape and they should cover. If they do not accommodate after your request and at any point, you are uncomfortable YOU can end the session. Above all massage therapists should never touch/massage genitalia (sometimes things can be brushed by accident but never with purpose). That being said if a client for any reason becomes inappropriate, whether physically or verbally, after being warned they can be discharged as well. Never put yourself in an unsafe environment it’s not worth.
All of these boundaries protect you and the therapist so keep these tips in mind as you look for your therapist. Remember you are in control and your best interests are important as well.
Let me know how or if these tips helped you and if your looking for a massage call me and lets set something up!