The following are questions and answers you might be afraid to ask your therapist, or your therapist wishes you had the courtesy to ask. Of course! Sometimes a scab rips open or a woman bleeds through her tampon.
Sheets are washable or replaceable. Most therapists will but only through a sheet. The massage might help push the illness through your system faster, but you will likely feel worse before you feel better.
In the meantime, you may get your therapist sick and pass it on to other clients that day. Generally, the rule of thumb is, if you have a fever, cancel. Even if you are giving less than a 24 hour notice, most therapists would rather lose the income from one session over getting sick for a couple days.
But most therapists prefer to give you the privacy to undress and settle on the table before they enter. It also helps maintain the boundary between therapist and client.
Tell your therapist. No, this is totally up to you. If you are asking for connective stroke work i. But your comfort is most important, so if taking your underwear off is going to make you tense on the table, leave them on. However, over expressing your pleasure might disturb the therapist. Yes, you might feel the effects of the drugs faster though as the massage will increase blood flow.
However, I have always felt like exercising after a massage is like jumping in a mud bath after a shower. A light session to help work out the kinks that might have been released during the massage is fine.
Be sure to tell your therapist you are pregnant so they can treat you accordingly. That being said, in certain situations, massage and psychotherapy can work well together to help a client mentally and physically process trauma.
Yes, but only if you are willing to potentially lose the therapist. You might be asked to leave before the session is complete. To be candid, even joking about that is disrespectful to your massage therapist.
If you are aware of a motion i. We have an ethical code of conduct that requires us to make sure boundaries are clear. Yes, of course. Good Advice. Massage, like food, is seen as an integral part of training for many endurance athletes.
What if I bleed on the table? I forgot to shave my legs. Is that OK? Will you still massage my feet? If I have a wart or rash on my body, should I tell my therapist? I woke up with a cold today. Should I come in? Modesty Is it OK to start stripping before the therapist leaves the room? What if I have big breasts that get in the way or make it uncomfortable to lie face down? Photo: Shutterstock. Can I exercise after? Can I exercise before?
What if I forgot my wallet? It happens. Just be sure to follow up with payment for the therapist within 48 hours. Can I still get a massage? Should I tip my massage therapist? What if I get aroused on the table during the session? If I need work around my groin area i.
Amanda McCracken is a licensed massage therapist with more than 10 years of working on professional and recreational athletes. She is also an accomplished writer, runner and running guide for the blind. Read more of her work art www. Email Address.