Massage FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When I first started getting massages (before I went to massage school), I had questions about how to be a client. It was only after I became a therapist that I began to understand how important these questions are for you, the client, and your level of comfort.
And let's face it, you can only relax when you're comfortable.
If you think of any others, please feel free to email me and ask.

Q. Should I keep my eyes opened or closed during the massage?

A. That is up to you. Whatever helps you to relax more deeply.

Q. May I wear my underwear during the session?

A. Your level of undress is completely up to you. If you would like to stay fully clothed during the massage that is okay, too. Please note, however, that some clothing (especially tight jeans) can limit the ease with which your body could be maneuvered.

Q. Is is okay to talk during my massage?

A. Yes. This is your time and if talking helps you to vent and unwind, please feel free. However, a quiet space can be a healthy break from our noisy lives. Can you clear your mind and let your thoughts pass like leaves in a stream?

Q. Should I just grin and bear this pain? The more it hurts, the better it is, right??

A. NO! The "no pain, no gain" theory does not apply in my office. On a scale of 1 (no pain) to 10 (unbearable pain), I don't want your experience to ever go above a level 6 or 7. Once the body starts to experience an extreme amount of pain, it can contract to protect itself. We want to promote the opposite experience, relaxation. It is up to you to tell me if ANYTHING I DO is uncomfortable or you would like me to STOP at any time.

Q. Is it customary to tip a massage therapist?

A. That depends on where you are.
If you are at a spa, it is customary to tip 15-20%. Spa workers often make a small percentage of what you actually pay for your session. Anywhere from $13-20/hr is customary payment for a massage therapist at a salon or spa--even though you might be paying up to $120/hr. Also, take into consideration how you felt about your experience. Did s/he seem attentive to your needs?
If you are at a Chiropractor's office or medical massage office, it is not customary to tip. It would be like tipping your dental hygienist. Many physicians do not allow their therapists to accept tips.
If you are at a therapist's private office, the choice is yours. Maintaining an office can be a large expense. Keep that in mind, too. And as always, evaluate your experience.

Q. May I fall asleep during my massage?

A. Absolutely.

Oh no! Marjorie, I forgot to shave my legs! Do you care?

A. I didn't even notice.

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