It can be a little frightening to think of a man rubbing your at least semi-naked body for an hour or more if you’ve got a massage gift certificate as a birthday or Father’s Day gift, or if you really want to get one and have never done so. When you think about it, it’s a bit of an uncomfortable situation. I mean, there have to be some unwritten rules to the whole thing, right? Yes, there are several.
If you follow this code of conduct, your time with the therapist would be much more comfortable for both of you. Here are eight things to consider before getting a massage.
Preliminary question: do you want a male or female therapist? This can be a contentious issue among men. Will getting a male massage therapist render you gay if you’re straight? Is it cheating to have a woman in your life? The response is no to both questions. It all boils down to personal preference. Many men, but definitely not all, prefer female therapists, according to anecdotal evidence. I was a little worried during my first massage that having a woman other than my wife touch me would be strange, but it’s not at all a sexual thing. It’s all about unwinding, not seduction. If this is a problem for you, there’s nothing wrong with getting a massage from a guy. Try both to see which one feels more at ease.
Take a shower ahead of time
2. Get there early
You’ll have to fill out some health history papers and speak with the therapist for a few minutes about what you’re looking for before your massage appointment. If you arrive right when your appointment begins, you will be cutting your massage time in half. It’s best to arrive fifteen minutes early, particularly if it’s your first time. If you establish yourself as a regular, 5 minutes early will suffice.
3. Turn your phone off
Nobody wants their phone to ring because they’re supposed to be relaxing for 30 to 90 minutes. Even a slight sound can be heard in a quiet space, so go nuclear and turn it off. After being on for several months, he probably wants a break.