Do I have to take off my underwear?
Generally I, as a massage therapist, say, “undress to your comfort level” with this being said, I’m not telling you to completely undress or keep any particles of clothing on, so there can still be some confusion. So, in a typical massage, it is best to undress fully just so there’s no worry about working around clothing, and also no risk of staining your clothing with the products we use in your massages. This being said, a client will be appropriately draped during their massage, meaning, there will be no exposing of intimate body parts.
Do you have to go to school for this?
Yes, I graduated from the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. The massage therapy program was a year long, and consisted of 1,000 clock hours, as well as clinic hours. This will vary from state-to-state as not all states require the same education and training in order to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. There is also continuing education that we are required to complete every 2 years in order to renew our licenses.
What’s the proper name for massage therapists?
Yes, we like to be called “massage therapists”, not “masseuses or masseurs”. The terms “masseuse/masseur” are considered derogatory terms for licensed massage therapists, and yes we can get offended by these words as they associate our profession with prostitution. Bringing up my next point.
Do you ever get asked, you know, for happy endings?
This answer is different for every massage therapist. For me, yes I have. Thankfully, it wasn’t in person, because I didn’t have a plan set in my mind about how I would handle such an encounter. Now I do, and I suggest that any person have a plan set in their mind in the case something bad were to happen to them.
How frequently should I get a massage
This depends on the person and what they have going with their body. A good time frame for anyone is that monthly maintenance session to keep a person feeling good. Sometimes I suggest a massage every week, or two weeks. This is usually if a person has a lot of chronic pain and severe headaches.