Massage Etiquette

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Massage Etiquette – Do’s & Dont’s

This article is just a general outline of what you should know before you go for your massage and will give you some ideas of what to do and what not to do.

  • First off – do not refer to you massage therapist as a “masseuse”.  Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) is a designated and protected title that RMTs all work very hard for.  “Masseuse” is a term used for individuals with typically have no training.


  • While you are in the spa, keep in mind that there may be several other services going on and that any loud noises may disrupt other clients.  Turning your phone to vibrate or silent and keeping your voice down is much appreciated by everyone.  You wouldn’t want to listen to others converse while you’re trying to relax.


  • Wearing perfumes can bother clients or RMTs that may be allergic to certain scents.  Obviously deodorant is fine but too much perfume, cologne or hairspray can irritate some people.


  • When it comes to what to you should wear, it doesn’t really matter as long as you can move freely.  A dress may not be a good idea if an assessment is in order and if it is your first time, an assessment will be in order.  As long as you are comfortable, where what you like.


  • Presenting yourself as clean and showered is also very much appreciated as well.  Over the years I have had to reschedule several clients because they presented in unsanitary attire and odor.


  • Coming in for a massage when your ill is not a great idea, especially if you have a cold or cough.  For your own comfort, being face down will just cause more congestion and constant coughing will only cause for an uneasy treatment, not to mention the possibility of spreading the illness.

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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.