By this time I have gone through many reps of asking others to undress to comfort level before the massage treatment begins. As a young male massage therapist I wanted to share some of my insights on how females react to this scenario and how I judge (in a judge "free zone" of course) their comfort level towards me.
In my experience, most females in their mid 30's-50's range prefer not to be touched or seen partially disrobed by a male therapist. As a result, they would most likely request the female therapists.
I may be absolutely wrong about this, but it seems to me that some women may either be insecure about their body, had a negative experience from a male therapist or that it just feels "weird".
I'd like to unpack the latter because of its ambiguity. I often wonder what makes getting massaged by a male therapist weird. Below, I wrote down some points to hopefully persuade "female preferred" clients to not feel so weird about male therapists.
1. Massage Therapists are licensed professionals established by the state, so any misconduct may lead to termination of license. Having a moment of suggesting anything sexual is not worth the risk of losing a license.
2. We tend to view the body in terms of soft tissue such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments and really pay no mind if your nails haven't been done yet.
3. The areas you may be most concerned about will never be undraped. The client also has the power to suggest to only focus on specific segments of the body.
4. Massage Therapists are bound by professional ethics to maintain client confidentiality. So no discussion of your treatment or health history to others will be happening. Even if a client happens to run into us in a public space, we cannot mention anything about the massage treatment unless it was first brought up by the client.
5. We have gone through plenty of background checks from the state and workplace in order to practice massage therapy. So most of us are decent, respectful law abiding citizens looking to make a living just like everyone else.
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