Massage Concerns

Answers to your massage concern questions.

1.) Is tipping my masseur customary?

In a private studio, office, spa or hotel experience, tipping is usually customary.  A 15% to 20% tip is standard if you are pleased with the massage.  In a medical setting, tipping in not customary and in most cases is inappropriate and would not be accepted.

If you are unsure, you may wish to call the particular masseur in advance and inquire.



2.) Should I take off all of my clothes for my massage?

Many people prefer to keep their underwear or other pieces of clothing on, while others are comfortable being completely nude.  Depending on the area of your body being worked on, it may be necessary to remove all of your clothing.  Tight fitting underwear can be obstructive to massages affecting the lower back or buttocks area.

If you are uncomfortable being completely nude, discuss alternatives with your masseur.  In many cases, masseurs will use sheets or towels to cover various parts of the body.


3.) Should I try to converse with the masseur during the massage?

It is not necessary to carry on a conversation with the masseur during a massage.  It is sometimes best just to close your eyes and enjoy the massage. But, you may be the type of person that enjoys talking with people, so feel free to converse.  In some cases it may be appropriate to let the masseur know if he is applying too much pressure during treatment or if the treatment is not strong enough. You may have questions regarding the therapy or may want to ask the masseur to adjust the temperature or lighting in the room.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or discuss anything with the masseur.


4.) What should I do if I am embarrassed about certain areas of my body?

Many men are embarrassed by back hair, acne on their back, being overweight or having scars on their body.  Most massage therapists have treated men with these features many times, so there should be no reason to be self-conscious.  However, if you prefer, you can inform the masseur that you are uncomfortable regarding the specific aspect of your body.  It may be alright to wear clothing to cover the area or it may be appropriate to avoid the area altogether.  Your comfort is of primary importance to your masseur.


5.) If I am nervous or apprehensive before a massage, how do I overcome my feelings?

Do not hesitate to discuss your apprehensions with your masseur.  He is a professional and will do whatever he can to make you feel at ease.  There are several suggestions for overcoming these feelings.  Try to arrive for the appointment on time or even early.  If you are rushed, you will feel the stress and it will take longer to relax.  Be receptive to the massage experience and put trust in your masseur.  Try to relax and avoid tightening up by using deep breathing techniques.  These suggestions will allow you to fully enjoy the experience and to let your body absorb the treatment.


6.) What does the scheduled time mean – when I should arrive at the location or when I should be ready to start the massage?

Generally, the scheduled time means when the session begins. You should probably arrive a little early to change your clothes, if necessary, and get any questions answered or any items discussed. 


7.) When is Payment Due?

Customarily, payment is made after the massage session is completed. There may be additional services required or you might want to extend the session, if time permits. On rare occasions, some masseurs could prefer to receive payment up front, so you may want to check with your masseur prior to the session. 


8.) What to Bring and What Not to Bring?


  • Comfortable clothing
  • Change of clothes for afterwards if you desire
  • Bring any pertinent notes or information from physicians or physical therapists
  • Bring payment for the services and any products that you may purchase

Don't bring:

  • Valuables
  • Necklaces or bracelets that could get in the way