Why See a Male Massage Therapist

There is definitely a bias when it comes to the gender of a Licensed Massage Therapist. Most women prefer to be worked on by a woman, and most men prefer to be worked on by a woman. The vast majority of the time, men and women will wait to schedule with a woman over a man. Now granted, over 80% of all Licensed Massage Therapists are female, so it’s an industry saturate by women, much like nursing. But is it saturated with women because more women are interested in being Massage Therapists? Or is it that the stigma of seeing a male Massage Therapist that prevents males from pursuing careers in Massage Therapy?

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There are a few main reasons why men and women shy away from a male massage therapist.

  • Judgement – Is he going to judge your cellulite? Stretch marks? That your body isn’t of Victoria’s Secret caliber? That you have scars? That your muscles aren’t perfectly toned? That you have body hair?
  • Sexuality – Some people view touch as only being sexual, so having a man massage your back or legs might seem too sexual to feel comfortable. Part of this also stems from homophobia. There are men who aren’t comfortable with a man massaging him because if a man touches another man, even if it’s for professional reasons, that automatically means someone is gay.
  • Safety – Massage is a vulnerable activity, and most assume they will be safer with a woman over a man. Women have always been cautioned to be alone in a room with a man, mainly for safety reasons.
  • Nurturing – When seeking a therapeutic massage, many want someone who is nurturing and kind and loving, and many think that a man won’t be compassionate to the person suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, recovering from injuries, etc.

Now to address these concerns:

  • Judgement – No, he’s not judging you. He will be evaluating your muscles the same way a female does. No, he doesn’t care if you have body hair or cellulite or stretch marks or splotchy skin or greasy hair or literally anything else you might think he will be judging you for.
  • Sexuality – He’s a professional. It’s really not any different than a female massage therapist massaging a man. It’s our job. Male Massage Therapists receive the same training and are held to the same ethics codes as their female counterparts. A Massage Therapist is a professional who follows a code of conduct and who has the goal of helping the client reach health goals, recover from injuries, and reduce stress in their lives. A man massaging another man does not mean anyone is attracted to the other, just like a woman massaging a man or woman does not mean that she is attracted to her client!
  • Safety – Again, he’s a professional. In the state of Colorado, you have to pass a full background check in order to get your license. Colorado will not grant you a professional license in Massage Therapy if you have anything violent or sexual on your record. He is there providing services to help you reach goals. He wants to help you! Not hurt you!
  • Nurturing – Bedside manner is a term used with doctors, referring to how kind and compassionate they might be with a patient. Well, Massage Therapists have a whole chunk of time, usually an hour, to get to know the client, help them with their pain, set goals, learn what level of pressure is not only tolerable for you but also most beneficial, among so many other aspects that go into a massage. Regardless of why someone is seeing a Massage Therapist, there is a level of compassion that you must have to perform hours of bodywork every day. Also, learning a mindful bedside manner is part of the training for most Massage Therapy programs.

Regardless of the client, a male Massage Therapist has a job to do. He is educated, trained, and passionate about what he does, just like female Massage Therapists. He might even be more suited for what you need from a massage. He might be able to help you recover and reach your goals better than anyone else in the industry, if you just give a man a try!

First and foremost, we absolutely want you to be comfortable with your Massage Therapist, so if you still haven’t been swayed to possibly see a man, that’s perfectly okay as well. But we hope that maybe after reading this, you will feel more comfortable with trying a massage with one of our fantastic male Massage Therapists.

Uhh… Do I Really Have To Take My Clothes Off?

The short answer is “No. Absolutely not.”
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about massage and deserves some discussion.
In massage school it was suggested we say to clients, “Undress to your level of comfort.” We will say that to clients, and we admit it can be a little vague. What might seem comfortable for one person is uncomfortable for another, and what makes it more uncomfortable is the fact that you don’t want to do something out of the ordinary, but you don’t necessarily know what “ordinary” is when receiving a massage.
First, no matter what, you’ll always be covered (draped) with a sheet and a blanket. You’ll never be left feeling exposed or chilly. We only expose what we are working on, and there are certain things we just don’t work on. When we work on an arm, we fold the sheet back and tuck it under your arm so it’s secure. (No drafts, my friends.) We follow the same protocol for the leg. We want you to feel secure, comfortable, and cozy.
When we work on the full back, we fold the drape down at the hips. If you’re wearing a bra, we can work around it. If you’re wearing a t-shirt or tank top or space suit, we will work through it. We know plenty of very effective massage techniques that can be administered over clothing.
Now, we might feel that we can’t effectively treat your issue if you’re wearing clothes, and we will have an open conversation about it and figure out another approach with you so you get the most effective care you need.
For the quickest answer: The less you have on, the more techniques we can do. We only expose what we need during the time we need it. But we ultimately want YOU comfortable.
We don’t judge you–we don’t care what your body might look like. This is about you feeling comfortable with your massage and your massage therapist. We have clients who prefer to take it all off, some who leave underoos on, some who will leave bras on, and others who will stay in their exercise clothes. There’s really no right or wrong–it’s YOUR massage.
Enjoy your next massage!

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Now, my mom has struggled with hypothyroidism for my entire life. I gave her a bottle of this and told her to just try it. A month later, she went to her endocrinologist to test her thyroid, and they had to reduce the level of her medicine because it was getting too high. This does not mean that this serum fixed my mother’s hypothyroidism–she still has it and struggles with it. But if this can help balance out her hormones enough so her dose of medication was lessened, I don’t see why every woman wouldn’t want to have this in her cupboard. There are so many stories of Progessence Plus helping with migraines, painful periods, even TMJ pain!
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January is Thyroid Awareness Month

We might be “just” massage therapists, but we really do care about more than just your back. We care about your health overall. We care about you!
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck that secretes certain essential hormones to the body. It helps to regulate digestion, energy, body weight, body temperature, and much more. The thyroid uses iodine from the food you ingest to secrete 2 hormones, Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). These hormones regulate your metabolism. Without getting into a whole complicated anatomy lesson of the endocrine system (a very complex system), the thyroid communicates with the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus gland, both in your brain, to ensure the levels of these hormones are correct. When they aren’t your body doesn’t function the way it’s supposed to, and you develop signs and symptoms of having disfunction with your endocrine system.
Many signs can point to a thyroid condition, and it’s important to recognize these symptoms and make your doctor aware of these symptoms. Some of these include feeling exhausted all of the time, depressed, anxious, dry skin, your inner thermostat isn’t working well, weight gain, hair loss, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many more.
Most people are familiar with Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, two diseases that affect the thyroid gland in opposing ways. The four most common types of thyroid disorders are Hashimoto’s, Grave’s Disease, Goiter, and Thyroid Nodules. There is also thyroid cancer.
Many factors can play a role in developing these disorders. Insufficient iodine in your diet can be a big factor, and some people present as having some of these diseases due to a diet that contains a food they are allergic or sensitive to and unaware they are sensitive to it. There can be hereditary factors that can cause it. There can be damage to the pituitary or other endocrine glands that affect the thyroid. You can also develop a thyroid disorder as a side effect of using a medication for another ailment. Unfortunately, there’s not one answer.
There are a lot of ways to naturally improve your thyroid health, including a good diet, natural supplements, and practice relaxation techniques (including getting massages) to help eliminate stress. Exercise is always good for a healthier lifestyle.
The most important thing is to work with appropriate medical professionals who can help you with your path to correcting thyroid imbalances. Please, DO NOT treat yourself. Don’t take supplements unless a doctor has told you that you should based on your test results. If you treat yourself for a thyroid condition and you don’t have the thyroid condition, you can really damage yourself. Please be responsible. If you think you might suffer from a thyroid condition, talk to your doctor.
You can help those who suffer from thyroid issues, and help researchers know more about how to treat for thyroid disorders and cancer by donating to the American Thyroid Association.