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michann 
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02-22-13 10:15 PM - Post#4048828    

I went and got a massage today. I called at 2:00 and they had an opening tonight. One with a girl or one with a guy. The appt with the guy was at a better time. They asked me if I was ok with having a guy massage therapist (MT). I hadn't even thought that I wouldn't be ok with one, but looking back, guess I was a bit nervous the first time I had a guy massage therapist. Anyway, I know the owner of this particular spa and so she was telling me how hard it is for her husband who is an MT because so many people will refuse to have a male therapist. She said the females get almost 2x as many bookings and they'll be booked up and having to turn away appts while the males struggle to get them. As I laid there, I was thinking "he better not miss my gluts because he thinks I'll be uncomfortable, I stand up all day and my gluts get sore".

Anyway, got me wondering. Would you be ok with a male massage therapist?

 
gingersfavorite 
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02-22-13 10:21 PM - Post#4048830    
    In response to michann

yep LOL

Although I have a gal that I'm familiar with and love.....

 
michann 
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02-22-13 10:25 PM - Post#4048832    
    In response to gingersfavorite

  • gingersfavorite Said:
yep LOL

Although I have a gal that I'm familiar with and love.....



I have had 1 regular MT and he was a guy (hence the he), when he moved, I was sad.

 
Kimberly M 
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02-22-13 10:59 PM - Post#4048838    
    In response to michann

absolutely, I prefer it actually. Not in a creepy way just their hands are stronger lol

 
scrapanda 
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02-23-13 12:40 AM - Post#4048844    
    In response to Kimberly M

Yes I would most definitely be fine with it. In physio school quite often we were in shorts and a sports bra in front of our entire class practicing techniques for assessment and treatment on one another so I am not shy that way. Also, being a PT I know how I feel when I have clients and I am doing my job, looking at them as a client, not as a member of the opposite sex and I am sure the majority of MTs are the same. But I can see how some people may be uncomfortable with it based on their upbringing or past experiences. We only have one male PT working at our clinic and he is only part time so not many hours but as far as I know he has only had one or two clients that have asked to be treated by a female.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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02-23-13 12:54 AM - Post#4048846    
    In response to scrapanda

I've never had a 'professional' massage.

 
RedSquirrel 
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02-23-13 02:01 AM - Post#4048856    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

To me the gender is less important than the personality and technique. I've had more female massage therapists who I wished weren't touching me. That would be my biggest criteria for choosing, that, and my husband's opinion. If he didn't want me to have a male MT then I wouldn't. But he's OK with it so I'm fine.

 
SchoolBusMom 
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02-23-13 09:12 AM - Post#4048868    
    In response to RedSquirrel

My regular MT is a woman and I love her. But when I used to go the Chiropractor I would ask for the male they had. I have a pretty high pain tolerance and I liked the pressure he used.

 
Judge Amy 
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02-23-13 09:13 AM - Post#4048870    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I wouldn't have a problem with it. Probably would really like it as most females can't get into my muscles quite the way I would like them to.

 
buttonscrapper 
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02-23-13 10:31 AM - Post#4048880    
    In response to Judge Amy

I have never had a massage, and never plan on it. DH went once because someone gave him a GC for a massage. It was a female, not that it bothered him to have a female MT, but afterwards he said never again! Apparently he doesn't like massages...

 
Nora 
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02-23-13 11:22 AM - Post#4048908    
    In response to buttonscrapper

Most of the MT's around me are female. I think I would like a male MT because they have stronger hands. I always have the biggest knots and my females always have trouble!! I could actually use one now!!

 
gingersfavorite 
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02-23-13 01:35 PM - Post#4048982    
    In response to Nora

I got a gift card for an hour long massage for my birthday.... all this talk is making me want to use it!

 
michann 
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02-23-13 06:58 PM - Post#4049040    
    In response to gingersfavorite

go use it Steph

 
scrappinmamma 
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02-23-13 07:04 PM - Post#4049042    
    In response to michann

Nope, not a problem. I have actually had male MT's in the past.

But my DH feels weird having a male MT though!

 
FloridaScrapper 
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02-23-13 07:27 PM - Post#4049044    
    In response to scrappinmamma

i have never had a massage - i dont think id want a male..it goes along the same feelings i have about not having a male gyno dr!

 
GwynnAsbury 
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02-24-13 11:33 PM - Post#4049174    
    In response to FloridaScrapper

I've had both as has my husband.... however, I can say that for a long time I was very uncomfortable with a male massage therapist. For me, because of poor decisions by other men, I was uncomfortable with any type of touch from a man, you can imagine that receiving a massage puts you in a rather vulnerable situation...... This often comes up with both my male and female clients, discomfort with first the vulnerability of having a massage, but then also being touched in an intimate, although professional way, by someone of the same sex in which you have bad associations with..... Does that make sense?

 
Westerngirl 
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02-28-13 05:57 PM - Post#4050026    
    In response to GwynnAsbury

I'd much rather female massage person as I've had a few males ones and not relaxing at all, just too weird being that undressed with someone thats not your Hubby!!!!

 
gingersfavorite 
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02-28-13 07:56 PM - Post#4050048    
    In response to michann

  • michann Said:
go use it Steph



going tomorrow afternoon

 
michann 
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02-28-13 08:58 PM - Post#4050052    
    In response to gingersfavorite

  • gingersfavorite Said:
  • michann Said:
go use it Steph



going tomorrow afternoon



good girl. I'm ready for my next one. It's been a week lol

 
RedSquirrel 
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03-01-13 02:58 AM - Post#4050088    
    In response to michann

I'm so tempted to get one today too. My baddie shoulder is a lot better (well it jolly well ought to be after 2 months ) but it still catches me.

 
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