When working in close proximity with another individual, sometimes you might wonder if things can get a little too personal. Here are a few situations that are very natural that your technician won’t think twice about during your session.
1. Gas. Everybody passes gas. It’s a fact of life. It’s also a natural body function for releasing gases produced during the digestion process. Some foods simply create more gas than others. When you are relaxed, your digestive function is influenced – it relaxes as your body relaxes. This is beneficial for your digestive system, as it moves more fluidly! However, this means that it is more likely gas will be released. This is the same reason many people feel the need to use the restroom right after their massage. If you pass a little gas, don’t worry, your technician won’t judge. In fact, trying to clench and keep it in might undo the relaxation you’re trying to accomplish.
2. Weight. Most people feel self-conscious about some part of their body. We unfortunately live in a society that plays on that self-consciousness – with stick thin ladies and 12-pack abs gentlemen in nearly every advertisement, followed by another diet or pill plan that can help you achieve that aim – it’s easy for us to judge ourselves about our bodies, and assume a new stranger might as well.Fortunately, your therapist and esthetician is far more interested in you taking care of yourself than what your body looks like. They are more interested in working with you on achieving your goals for taking care of yourself in the best way they can. You’re never too big, or too small, to let your size be what keeps you from taking care of YOU.
3. Being Touched. Sometimes it’s not a weight issue that causes self-consciousness. Sometimes, we just don’t want certain areas to be touched. This is more common in massage, where areas like the glutes, belly, thighs or feet may be worked on.Your therapist is far more concerned with how the tissues in an area are functioning than in the way they look. A therapist is judging the structure of your body – the muscles, connective tissues, etc. – and how they can help you improve its movement. And if you’re still uncomfortable being touched in a certain area – PLEASE DO NOT be embarrassed sharing that with your therapist. It is their role to help you relax, not leave you feeling uncomfortable.
4. Taking off your Clothes. Your massage therapist or esthetician will likely advise you to undress to your comfort level. For some – this means removing all of their clothing. For others – this means removing very little. If that is your preference – RIGHT ON! You should never feel pressured to take more clothing off than you feel comfortable with. Your massage therapist can work over clothing, and your esthetician can avoid skin areas that remain covered by clothing. However, in a massage session, it is important to know that the massage while clothed has very different results than massage without fabric covering the skin where oil cannot be used.Most clients find themselves in a happy medium with leaving their underwear on. Regardless of your preference, you remain modestly draped under a sheet and blanket for the duration of your service. Only the area the therapist is working on is exposed, and is placed back under the blankets once that area is complete.
5. Your Health History. While Body Therapy Massage & Spa is not a medical facility, your technician will ask you questions about your health history, and your prescriptions. We recognize the trust you are placing in us, and hold your privacy as our highest priority. Your information is never shared or divulged. Your technician will need to know what is going on, as certain medications and health conditions impact the products we use (especially during facials), or how your body will respond (especially during massages). If you are unsure as to why your therapist or esthetician needs to know certain information, please feel free to ask them during the pre-brief. They will be happy to share.
6. Your Income. We will never ask you for income specific details – but we also recognize not everyone can afford regular massage and facials. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients is how often they should be coming in. The answer can be as often as every week, but for most individuals a monthly massage and facial is enough for maintenance. Don’t be embarrassed if you can’t have the whole enchilada every month. Our Platinum Membership Plan is designed to reward our clients who come in for our services on a regular basis, and leaves them an opportunity to spoil themselves with a little something extra when their budget allows.
7. You Didn’t Shave. Your technician won’t judge you for your body hair. Again, your therapist and esthetician are most concerned about you helping to take care of YOU. Whether it’s your legs, arms, armpits or other areas that you are self-conscious of for not shaving – there’s no need to worry.
8. Ladies: You are on your cycle. Your menstrual cycle is a very normal bodily function. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. If you are experiencing any symptoms related to your period (acne, cramping, bloating, constipation, etc.) – please let your technician know during the pre-brief. Chances are, they have a solution they can offer to help. This can include special products for hormonal skin during a facial, or stretches that your therapist can show you that may help with cramps. Your technicians are on your self-care team – feel free to ask for their expertise to help you!