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What does house-call and in-call mean?
An house-call is where a massage therapist travels with his/her table to your home, office or hotel room. An in-call is where you travel to a massage therapist's location. See the therapist's profile for more information. A massage therapist can set up at either a private home or medical massage office. You can see the location details on each massage therapist's profile.
Are the masseurs listed certified?
Massage therapists are required to acquire a license before practicing in most states throughout the U.S., as well as most other foreign countries. All massage therapy professionals who advertise their services on our Web site are responsible for their training, certification, conduct and professional statements. We recommend that you check your local law. Furthermore, feel free to ask the massage therapist about his/her license before you book an appointment.
The french word for female and male massage therapists have come to mean something completely different in the United States. In order to maintain the integrity of our therapists, their training and education, and to promote the legitimacy of our profession, we only feature Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT). It is usually best to refer to your therapist as a LMT.
How do I pay for the session and what kind of payment methods are accepted?
We do not collect money for the sessions so you will pay your massage therapist directly. Accepted payment methods and pricing vary from one practitioner to another, but should be listed in each massage therapist's profile. Usually cash is the preferred method of payment, but some massage therapists also accept credit cards, PayPal, check, gift certificate or, in some cases, insurance.
How is payment arranged?
Usually, the massage is given first and then payment is made at the conclusion of the massage. But be aware that a massage therapist may prefer a different arrangement.
Am I supposed to tip my massage therapist?
Tipping is customary. Tips as a form of thank you for exceptional service are welcome, but not expected. Some massage therapists who work in a medical or clinical setting have a “no tipping” policy. If you're not sure, don't be afraid to ask. There are no hard rules about what is a good amount to tip. A generous tip is anything in the $20 range, and a more customary tip is about $10-$15. If you are a regular client, you might think about an extra holiday bonus which is always a nice gesture. You can also show your appreciation by referring your friends or family to the massage therapist.
Will the massage therapist be there when I undress?
The massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing. Relax onto massage table, usually face down, and cover yourself with a sheet or towel. No rush. The practitioner will knock and ask if you are ready before entering the room.
Do I have to be completely undressed? Will I be draped?
The decision to be undressed during your massage is up to you. While it is strongly recommended, it is not necessary for you to undress completely. Above all, you should be comfortable. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on, while others prefer to be completely nude. The decision as to how much clothing you should leave on might also depend on what type of massage you are going to receive. Each massage technique is different. Some are performed on top of clothing (ex. Shiatsu, Thai massage). But most are performed on bare skin (ex. Swedish massage, deep tissue). The massage therapist will cover you with a sheet or towel and usually only the area being massaged is uncovered.
Sometimes you have a choice if you prefer to be draped or undraped, depending on the practitioner and local law. Actual legal regulation varies from country to country, state to state, and city to city. Remember that if at anytime during the treatment you feel uncomfortable, let the therapist know so they can make necessary adjustments. Don't hesitate to communicate anything your therapist can do to make you feel more comfortable.
What should I do during the session? Is it ok to talk to the massage therapist?
The greatest thing about getting a massage is that you don't need to do anything. Just make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and relax. Be passive: let your massage therapist position your body without your help. If you feel like you want to have a conversion during a session, feel free to do that. Most people find that they can relax more if they keep talking to a minimum and just offer a little feedback about pressure, temperature or draping. Keep in mind that you should never ever be afraid to speak up if there is anything that bothers you or if you feel uncomfortable in any way. Communication during the session is very important; this is how you create a connection with your massage therapist and help him/her to give you the best massage possible.
I'm embarrassed about my body - should I worry about getting a massage?
Don't let your embarrassment keep you from the amazing benefits of getting a massage! Massage therapists have seen bodies in every shape, size and age. They are professionals who are trained to massage all kinds of people. They are not there to judge you. They are there to help you feel better both physically and emotionally! It has been clinically proven that regular physical touch, such as you would receive in regular massage sessions, does wonders toward easing self-consciousness and eliminating self-judgmental feelings. So go and enjoy your massage!
What are the most popular types of massage?
Swedish massage is the most common modality because it is very gentle and relaxing, and can be combined with other techniques. Swedish massage includes long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. If you’ve never had a massage before, it is a good idea to start with a Swedish massage. Other popular techniques include deep tissue, where a massage therapist works on the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, and Shiatsu, where a massage therapist uses finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. To learn more about those and other modalities read our LEARN section.
What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic massage can improve circulation, help loosen contracted muscles and stimulate weak muscles. It can also aid relaxation, reduce stress, prevent and relieve pain from injuries and muscle spasms, and improve flexibility. Massage promotes deeper and easier breathing, improves posture and strengthens the immune system. Therapeutic massage also fosters peace of mind, promotes a feeling of well-being, increases mental alertness, improves the ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately, and enhances one’s ability to think calmly and creatively. Most importantly, therapeutic massage also increases the awareness of the mind-body connection.
Are there any situations when massage is not recommended?
There are a number of situations in which massage is contraindicated (not recommended). In all cases, it is important to disclose any underlying medical conditions and concerns you may have to your massage therapist so that the treatment can be modified not only to prevent problems, but also to improve the client's condition and comfort. If you are not sure if you should receive massage, you should first talk to your doctor.
There two kinds of contraindications. The first situation is local, related to a specific area of the body which should be avoided during the massage. A massage therapist should be made aware of the following conditions: acute inflammation, bruises/cuts/healing scabs/open wounds, burns, cysts or tumors, foreign bodies/implanted hardware, keloid scars, skin lesions/lumps, herniated disk, unstable fractures, and varicose veins. Furthermore, the abdominal area should be completely omitted from the massage in the following circumstances: high blood pressure, inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, the first trimester of pregnancy, and an ulcer. There are times when the client ought to avoid massage entirely. When a client has a fever and is overheated or has any pain of unknown area, any kind of massage work is not recommended.