If you’re going for a full-body massage, it’s important to be aware of full-body massage etiquette so you don’t do anything wrong.
Don’t worry, there isn’t a lot to remember, but here are my top 10 tips to help you get the most out of your experience:
Full Body Massage Etiquette: 10 Must Know Do’s!
1. Always Make Sure to Arrive in A Timely Manner
If you are running late, it’s important that you call or text the massage therapist and let them know so they can adjust their schedule accordingly.
You should also try and arrive early, especially if it’s your first even appointment with a therapist.
They will probably want to ask you some questions and make sure everything is ready for your session.
Keep in mind that they’re running a business and you’re not their only client!
Related – Here is what to wear to a full-body massage.
2. Wear Appropriate Clothing
When receiving a full body massage, it’s important to wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and will not restrict or hinder your movement during the session.
Depending on the type of massage you are getting, some massage therapists may ask you to partially undress (or all the way undress).
If so, they will provide you with a private area to change but ultimately you are allowed to wear what you’re comfortable with, so don’t stress over that.
3. Make Sure To Speak Up About Your Preferences
Don’t be afraid to speak up during a massage session if you need something done differently or feel uncomfortable.
If the pressure is too much or too little, tell your therapist so they can adjust it accordingly.
Everyone has their own comfort levels and no matter how good the therapist is, they can’t tell what you’re feeling if you don’t speak up.
This includes post-massage care instructions and how you feel in the days following, so don’t be afraid to ask if you need something clarified.
4. Be Open To Suggestions From Your Therapist
Your massage therapist should always ask what kind of areas you would like them to focus on and if there are any areas that should be avoided.
If you’re not sure or don’t have any specific requests, your therapist can make suggestions based on your medical history and what would be beneficial for you.
Again, it comes down to communication and talking about what you want and need from the session.
5. Be Respectful Of Your Therapist
Your massage therapist is a professional and deserves to be treated as such. Be respectful of their time and do not try to extend your session beyond the allotted time.
Also never say or do anything rude or inappropriate, as it could make the experience very uncomfortable for both of you.
6. Do Not Eat Right Before A Massage
Eating right before a massage can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable, so it’s best to avoid doing so if possible.
If you must eat something beforehand, opt for a light snack such as a piece of fruit or some crackers.
7. Make Sure To Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking water can help to flush out toxins and waste products that have been released during the massage, so make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session.
But not too much beforehand to the point where you’re going to be bursting for a bathroom break during the massage!
8. Turn Off Your Phone and Any Other Devices
It’s important that you turn off all phones and other devices so that you – and your therapist – can focus on the massage without any distractions.
Your therapist may be playing music and dimming the lights, the last thing anyone wants is a loud ringtone going off!
9. Remember To Tip
Tipping your massage therapist is a nice way to show your appreciation for the service they provided you.
A good rule of thumb is to tip around 15-20% of the total cost, and make sure to check with your massage therapist if you need it in cash.
10. Read the Rules of The Specific Spa You’re At
Each spa will have its own set of rules and regulations. Be sure to read these before your session so you know what to expect and don’t end up violating any of the rules.
Following these simple do’s can help make your massage experience much more enjoyable and relaxing! So don’t forget to follow them the next time you’re getting a massage.
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.