hand and back having a swedish massage at Bristol School of Beauty

What do massage therapists really think?

Fifty million of us had a massage last year and it’s top of the list of popular spa treatments, but what do massage therapists really think? And have you ever wondered what your massage therapist is thinking whilst having a massage?

Well there’s no need to be self conscious, as over my 30 years’ experience in the beauty industry, I have never known a massage therapist to judge or have an opinion about their client’s body. And they really don’t care about the following things:

  • Passing wind while being massaged
  • Your hairy legs
  • Touching your feet
  • Spots or skin disorders on your skin

I have spoken and trained many massage therapists over the years and it is true to say they actually don’t notice what clients think they notice. A professional massage therapist will concentrate on the tension, knots and what muscles need to be focused on and they don’t really see the skin or what’s on the outside of the body at all.

That said, I do have a few guidlines for clients so that they can maximise the relaxation, enjoyment and benefits of their massage.

Have a wash before you have a massage

Like most people massage therapists don’t partucularly like smelly people, so it is very wise if you want a good massage to have a wash before you go. Enough said.

Don’t treat us like sex workers

Sadly some men think massage therapists are also sex workers. There are places you can go if you want the happy endings, but this is not called body massage! It saddens me when I hear from other therapists that this is an ongoing problem in our industry. If you are a therapist, remember to never be in the building alone if you have a massage booked with a new male client.

Research your massage therapist & check reviews

Recently, I have been researching to see what the figures show about reports of assault on female massage therapists. Interestingly, there were more reports about male massage therapists who had assulted female clients. So check out your massage therapists before making an appointment – listen to reviews or talk to their existing clients. Men can be excellent massage therapists as they can be stronger and therefore able to apply more pressure for a firmer massage.

I spoke to one of Bristol’s most experienced massage therapists Dominika Kapla about her work, she loves being a massage therapist and gets great job satisfaction, but like every career there are some downsides. Here’s what she had to say…

Things I like about being a massage therapist…

  • Working in a relaxed environment
  • Helping people
  • Not being stressed
  • Building relationships with clients
  • Being physically active
  • Having the opportunity to work at festivals and more exotic locations
  • Using the facilities in the spa that I work in

Things that I think are not so good about being a massage therapist:

  • Being a massage therapist has a big impact on our body. I have tight muscles and have to constantly be aware of my posture.
  • Dealing with unkind or ungrateful clients can be quite challenging, you give a lot when giving a massage and if your relationship with the client isn’t good it can leave you with a bad feeling.
  • Performing lots of massages in one day can be tiring
  • Too much time to think! If you’re not chatting to the client you are mostly working in silence.

Thanks to Dominika Kapla for sharing her insight about being a massage therapist.

Sometimes as a tutor, I do discourage students at Bristol Beauty School from working in spas and salons because the rate of pay is low. You can earn more as a freelancer. My adult learners are usually aiming to be self-employed and they can earn between £25- £50 or more for a full body massage treatment. Therapists working in the salons and spas can often be paid the minimum wage.

These days working without a screen in front of you is a miracle. I really believe that’s why if you are massaging you feel great and relaxed yourself while performing the treatment. It is a mindful process and enjoyable to perform and receive. I often hear my students at Bristol Beauty School say…

” I can’t believe how relaxing it is to give a body massage”

If you would like discuss any training courses or would like to know more please browse the website or call 01179253894 or 07973516115