FAQs for your Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy

Questions that you might be embarrassed to ask your Massage Therapist

Whether you are booking an appointment for therapeutic reasons or just for some pampering, a massage can have many healthy advantages.  You may have heard all the benefits of what a massage can offer but booking your first massage may leave you wondering about a few things. Am I supposed to leave a tip? What if I am self-conscious about certain parts of my body? Here are a few frequently asked questions about Massage Therapy you may have before coming in for your massage.


  • Q: Am I supposed to leave a tip?  
    Tipping is never expected but always appreciated.


  • Q: Do I have to take off my underwear?
    Removing your undergarments is not necessary for you to receive a massage but there are some cases when removing them will make it easier for you to enjoy your massage.  For example, if you need your gluteal area worked on, it is more comfortable for the recipient if they are not wearing underwear because it will need to be moved aside and it can become restricting and uncomfortable.


  • Q: Is it discourteous to request a female therapist?
    Being a male massage therapist, I have come across this question quite a bit.  It is not rude and you can request a female if you prefer.   In all the years that I have been in practice, I have found that the reason why people request a female therapist is because they have either had a bad experience with a male massage therapist or they don’t want deep pressure.  I can confidently say that every time this scenario has happened to me, the client will rebook again.  Don’t let past treatments detour your future treatments.


  • Q: What if I drool all over the face cradle or fart during my massage?
    Keep in mind that during your massage your circulation will increase, your digestion will be promoted and most of the time the aim of the treatment is to get you to relax.  It is likely that you may drool and some do more than others.  Farting on the other hand sometimes can’t be avoided and is acceptable as long as it’s not intentional.


  • Q: What if I am self-conscious about certain parts of my body?
    If you’re uncomfortable with getting a specific area treated don’t be embarrassed to mention it to your therapist.  These areas can be avoided.  If it is an area that needs to be addressed there are other options, such as treating through the sheets.  Discuss this with your therapist.  I can say that as a massage therapist for almost 20 years, there isn’t much that I haven’t seen or dealt with.


  • Q: How do I know this is a legitimate clinic or spa?
    Most of the time you can tell right away by the look of the establishment from the outside and inside.  Obviously stay away from places located in basements with no windows or dark shady areas.  If the spa does not appear clean or does not have a health history form, or open past midnight that would be a red flag.  Feel free to ask your therapist to see their registration card if your unsure, we are all required to carry it with us like a driver license.  I would suggest before going to any spa or clinic to call and inquire first before going there and even do a little online research.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your Massage Therapist!

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Written by:
Domenic Jason Falvo, RMT
Hand & Stone Barrie

Domenic has been practicing massage therapy for over 18 years in all types of clinic and spa environments.  Having done so he has acquired and abundance of therapeutic skill sets incorporating deep tissue massage, shiatsu, acupressure, advanced joint mobilizations, remedial exercise and hydrotherapy into the ideally seasoned massage therapy experience.  Domenic also has training in clinical acupuncture, progressive facial manipulation and reflexology that is also fused into his treatment.

Domenic prefers to focus on the cause of underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms alone, which is proven more effective in the long run for client health.  Although treating all types of acute and chronic injuries is Domenic’s main focus, he is seamlessly able to perform general relaxation massage with ease.


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