6 embarrassing questions about massage

Things you may have been too shy to ask:
1) Will the massage therapist be there when I undress?

No. The massage therapist will leave the room so you can remove your clothing and lie on the massage table (usually face down) under the towel. Don't rush or worry that the massage therapist will walk in on you. The massage therapist will always knock and ask if you are ready before entering the massage room.

2) Am I supposed to take off my underwear?

No. People prefer to keep their pants or briefs on during a massage. If your problem area is in your lower back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work. Thongs or bikini type pants for women and briefs for men should be fine.

3) Should I talk during the massage?

Some people prefer to talk during their massage but don't feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. After all, you're having a relaxing massage not attending a cocktail party!

Feel free to close your eyes and relax, which is what most people do.

Deep Tissue, Sports and Shiatsu massage are the types of massage requiring more feedback. The massage therapist often works on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is not uncomfortable.

Be sure to speak up if:

The room is too hot or too cold
You experience any pain or discomfort
You have any questions related to the massage
There's anything you forgot to mention during the consultation

4) The pressure isn't deep enough but I don't want to insult the therapist's technique. What should I do?

Communicate openly with the massage therapist but bear in mind it's a myth that massage therapy has to hurt to be effective.

Some of the most effective types of massage therapy are gentle and do not involve deep pressure or pain. In fact, too much pressure can cause muscles to seize up.

As a rule of thumb if, on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is no pain and 10 is extremely painful, the pressure should always be less than 7.

5) What if I realise I've drooled?

Many people fall into a peaceful slumber during the massage and on waking notice drool on the pillow or massage table. This is very common and often happens when being massaged lying face down. Don't be afraid to ask the massage therapist for a tissue.

6) I’m self-conscious about a certain part of my body and don't want the therapist to see. What should I do?

People are self-conscious for various reasons. Some of the more common concerns are:

Being overweight
Excessive hair growth on the body
Acne on the face or back
Birthmarks or moles
Scarring from injury or surgery

Being self-conscious should never keep you from seeking health care, whether it's visiting your doctor or seeing a massage therapist.

If you are self-conscious about a certain part of your body, simply ask the massage therapist to avoid that area.

You could also choose a massage that can be done through clothing, such as Shiatsu or Thai Full Body Massage, where no massage oil or lotion is used and you remain fully clothed during your massage.