Do you want to try massage therapy, but you’re hesitant and uncertain about proper etiquette? Do you have unanswered questions because you’re too embarrassed to ask your therapist? We’ve all been there!
Feeling comfortable is key to relaxing and getting the most out of your massage experience. A massage session is a time to let go of your worries, not to be uncomfortable and wondering about what you can or cannot do.
To help keep your mind clear during your next massage, we are going to answer the questions that you’ve been too embarrassed to ask.
How Much Clothing Should I Remove?
You can take off as much or as little as you’d like! Your massage therapist will find it easier to give you a great massage on bare skin, but that does not mean you have to remove more clothing than you’re comfortable with.
Some massage techniques, such as Thai massage, are done with clothing on. A professional massage therapist will know how to adjust what you are wearing.
Oil is typically used during massage to make strokes smoother and help avoid uncomfortable pulling on the skin. Therefore, many people consider wearing no clothing during the session to be the least messy option. If you decide to keep your clothing on during your massage, consider wearing items that you do not mind getting slightly soiled.
What Happens if I Fall Asleep?
Falling asleep during a massage is more common than you think. The most relaxing massage techniques, such as Shiatsu or Swedish massage, are designed to release tension from your body. Feeling sleepy is a good sign that you are getting the most from your treatment.
Massage therapists are accustomed to clients falling asleep on the table. Getting you to a place of deep relaxation is the goal of most massages, so they may even be flattered!
If you fall asleep, your therapist will continue the massage and gently wake you up at the end of your session.
What if I Need to Pass Gas?
The need to pass gas is one of your body’s natural reactions during a massage. A good massage may stimulate your internal organs, and it is completely normal. Your therapist will be happy to point you towards the restroom if need be.
Can I Talk?
You should feel comfortable communicating any concerns and asking questions during your session. You can ask your therapist to adjust the pressure, focus on a specific area, or change something that is making you uncomfortable. Open communication allows your therapist to provide you with the best possible experience.
A casual conversation with your therapist is welcome, as is enjoying your massage in silence. It all comes down to personal preference.
This is also the case for a couples massage, where you and your partner can choose to talk to each other, your massage therapist, or simply relax quietly and enjoy your time together.
Should I Tip?
Tipping is common after receiving a massage in an establishment such as a hotel or a spa. Most people choose to tip between 15% and 20%.
While it is not required, leaving a tip after a good massage therapy session will show the therapist that you appreciate their work.
Relax With Us Today
Now that those embarrassing questions are answered, you’re ready to enjoy a massage! Let go of your stress at Dcompress Downtown.If you sign up now, you’ll get 20$ off your first massage or facial. All you need to do is go to our website and sign up with your name, number, and email address. New and returning clients can book appointments online or give us a call at 619-940-7556.