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Massage is an ancient form of therapy that serves both for relaxation of body and mind and for solving some problems regarding the musculoskeletal system.

In order for a massage to be successful, the therapist must be capable and professional and the client must be relaxed and comfortable. This may be difficult for a client to achieve if he or she is a beginner and if this is the first massage they are getting. It helps to know what to expect from a massage and what are some important elements of the massage etiquette, which are there to prevent confusion, misunderstanding and embarrassment.

Fixing the appointment

Like in any service business, it is important for both parts to respect the scheduled time of the appointment. When a client fixes an appointment, he or she should get there a few minutes before time, which is always appreciated as the next client will not have to wait long for his or her turn. If the client needs to cancel or reschedule the appointment, it should be done well ahead, so the therapist can use the time slot for another client.

Medical conditions

Although most massage salons and spas have a questionnaire about personal medical history of the client, it is recommended the client discloses any medical condition he or she might have, so the therapist can act accordingly and maybe avoid certain types of massage that are not favorable for that particular condition.

Discussing important points

The client should feel free to talk about what he or she expects from the massage and about the problematic points in the body. That way the therapist will focus on them and solve the problem. In full body massage, the client may want the therapist to emphasize certain parts of the body, or, which is often the case, does not feel comfortable being nude, and these are all things that should be discussed before the therapy, not in the middle of it.

Sexual excitement

Sometimes, when they are completely relaxed and comfortable during a massage, male clients may get an erection. Even though the client in those cases feels extremely embarrassed, the therapists do not consider this indecent or inappropriate, nor is this kind of erection considered to be sexual misconduct. Of course, if the therapist believes the client intended to become aroused during massage, it is his or her right to terminate the therapy. The situation can be reverse too, if the therapist tries to get the client into the state of sexual excitement. In this situation it is the client’s duty to be direct and tackle the situation.

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