We all know that treating yourself to a professional massage instead of letting your girlfriend rub your shoulders for five minutes is a wonderful, if not a cathartic experience. That feeling when your muscles start to relax while a gentle yet determined set of fingers are pulling and pushing them back into their place is a feeling you never want to end.
The tension in your neck is finally gone, you can move your shoulders freely again and your lower back no longer feels like it’s going to snap. Life is good. However, in case you’re a massage virgin, or worse, if you’ve had a massage before but are unaware of the proper etiquette that will give you the most bang for your buck and leave everyone satisfied, a gent’s guide to massage therapy is the thing for you!
Banish All Misconceptions
You prayed it was all true, didn’t you? Sorry to burst your juvenile bubble but a masseuse is not your on-demand sex partner. Nope, the porn industry was lying to you all along, and if you thought you could get a finishing touchdown along with your relaxing treatment, you were greatly mistaken. So, don’t try anything, as you’re guaranteed to end up with a slap and a sexual harassment complaint.
Secondly, a massage does not always mean the session will be a relaxing one, as the severity of your condition will dictate the best treatment. No matter if the masseur has to be rough to eliminate the tight knots in your body or if you simply need a relaxing Swedish, you’ll feel great afterwards, so don’t be a chicken.
Prepare For Your Session
It’s common courtesy for the client to prepare thoroughly for his massage. If you’re a true gentleman, then you need no reminding that you should take a shower beforehand, avoid eating foods that lead to flatulence, and if possible, shave your body for a more pleasurable treatment.
Besides, if the establishment is clean and everyone around you smells nice, from the receptionist to the housekeeper, then you definitely don’t want to be labelled as a sloppy Joe.
The Therapy You Need
Currently, there is a rave in Australia for private, at-home massage sessions. The benefits of a home massage are numerous, and the most important one is that the professional will be able to instruct you on the best possible treatment for your condition along with the comfort your home or office
Massages are extremely efficient at alleviating stress and a professional home massage in Melbourne might just be the thing you need to get you back on your feet, and refill your reserves of positivity, enthusiasm and energy.
Modesty And Awkward Moments
So, you’re a gentleman, a man who is proud of his body and has nothing to hide. Well, you should. While it is a common occurrence for the client to get aroused during his massage, and while you shouldn’t be ashamed of your libido, you should definitely exercise gentlemanly conduct and apologise to the masseuse if the “situation” is too obvious.
Furthermore, do not, under any circumstances indulge in your desire to touch yourself, or the table for that matter. You will be given a moment of privacy to calm down if you wish, and if you want to avoid such awkward situations altogether, you can wear a pair of underwear under the towel.
In the end, everything is easier and more satisfying when you exercise proper, timely, and open communication with your masseuse. The professional is more than skilled at identifying the cause of your problem, but it doesn’t hurt to explain your condition before the session begins.
Additionally, you should maintain open communication during your session, instructing your masseur if you still feel pressure and if you need them to linger on a certain spot. Otherwise, just let them work their magic.
Getting a massage is an experience just shy from being slapped by St. Peter himself, so if you haven’t already, be sure to get yourself a proper relax session and don’t forget to use these guidelines to get the most bang for your buck in the process.
Features Writer; Peter Minkoff
Peter is a a men's grooming & fashion writer at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! His future plans are in creating a personal blog for men's grooming!
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