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Touchy, touchy?

  1. Aug 27, 2010 #1

    lisab

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    I got a massage today…aaaaah, very nice. I went to a national chain, and since it was my first time there it was only $39 for an hour, a great deal! I’ve been getting massages for over 20 years. I try to do it a couple times a year.

    But, it occurred to me: I’ve never, ever seen a male client in any massage place I’ve been!

    So what is it, guys? Is it too intimate, being nekkid with some stranger touching you? Is it just the association with “massage parlors”?

    I open this up to women who have an aversion to getting a professional massage, too. Why?

    Oh and any professional therapist will tell you, it's OK to keep as much of your clothes on as you feel comfortable with, btw.
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2010 #2
    The massage parlors we go to don't generally have female clients. They also tend to be seedy and offer additional "services." But take my word for it, men go to massage parlors.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2010 #3

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    There are personal "massage" services available where the woman will come to your hotel room, or where ever, and strip down to her panty hose and bra and sit on top of the man and "massage" him. Found this out from my ex from credit card charges I found when he traveled.

    TMI?
     
  5. Aug 27, 2010 #4
    I actually used to prefer having someone walk on my back.
     
  6. Aug 27, 2010 #5
    Outdoor will be less *intimidating* than indoor.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2010 #6
    So lisab, is it one of those full massage experiences with the music, candles, and mood lighting?

    I actually did a spa day with my wife once. had the chemical peel and all that. The best part was actually the quiet experience and the hot pack on my face..

    How is that for manly?
     
  8. Aug 27, 2010 #7
    Guy perspective:

    Love getting professional massages! I have been going since high school, a little over a decade. A high school girlfriends mother was a message therapist, so she gave me a gift certificate for a holiday present. I didn't have it done by my girlfriends Mom, but it was really nice and relaxing.

    I don't do it often- maybe every other year on average. But way worth it. It is very relaxing and really helps with all the muscle soreness from sports.

    So, any guys who might never have considered it- go for it if you want.

    EDIT:
    The last time I went, my wife and I got a couples massage- you get a massage in the same room. It was nice and a little cheaper than just 2 massages- which was cool.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2010 #8

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    That rocks :approve:! It was nice, wasn't it?

    Well most of the places I've been to have candles, but the one today didn't. But yes, there was soothing music and dim lighting.

    The last place I went was hilarious. The room was chock-full of dream catchers, fairies, crystals...you get the picture. The therapist tried to sell me some pads that you put in your shoes, and they extract "toxins". Riiiight.
     
  10. Aug 27, 2010 #9
    It would have been perfect, but it scared me when they handed me the questionare you have to fill out. It started asking about allergies and medical conditions. It really got me thinking.

    When I thought peel.. I was thinking like a mud pack or something, I didn't know it was literally chemicals. Geez.

    But it was pretty cool. I would like to try the rocks.. not sure what they call it.

    I actually live in a weird area, where they have a mix of the wierdos like the one you experienced.

    My wife's birthday is sunday, and we take the kid back to college, so next week I might treat us to a massage.. ( note the us ).
     
  11. Aug 27, 2010 #10

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    I might go for a massage if they had cold massages, where they applied cold things. That would be pleasant. Anything warm makes me nauseous.
     
  12. Aug 27, 2010 #11

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    You wouldn't have liked this place. I had to ask the therapist to turn down the heat in the bed...yes, it was a heated bed! It was OK when I crawled in, but it got too hot pretty quickly.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2010 #12

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    But I bet your chakras felt great afterwards.
     
  14. Aug 27, 2010 #13

    Evo

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    That's why I avoid those places, they always emphasize the heat involved. I can't do any spa things, they all involve heat. Surely there are others out there that can't tolerate warmth and would love a cool, refreshing spa treatment.
     
  15. Aug 27, 2010 #14

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    hmm..I wonder if they file quarterly and how much they are paying for health and dental plans. I also wonder if they can write off the pantyhose.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2010 #15

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    :rofl:
     
  17. Aug 28, 2010 #16
    I don't because I may get a male massager. I don't want anything a man does to me to feel good.
     
  18. Aug 28, 2010 #17

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    TMI? Not quite enough. You didn't happen to get any of those phone numbers, did you?
     
  19. Sep 6, 2010 #18

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    Just for the record. (I was at the Ex yesterday) :smile:
     

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  20. Sep 6, 2010 #19
    I used to annoy my supervisors at work begging them to walk on my back, and they usually gave in. Why pay when you can play?
     
  21. Sep 7, 2010 #20
    Speaking for myself(a male) my muscles have many tension issues which can be alleviated by a massage; my back and legs in particular.
    I've been considering a male massage attendant because I think I might have a problem with a female. Arousal. Would be very embarrassing to me.
    Asked someone I know about this, who's mother is a massage therapist, and she said it's "normal" and to not be concerned or embarrassed.
    Well, she may be right, and her mother may well be on the "up and up" but my only concern is if she were to ask for "additional services" of which I have no desire for. I just want a good massage.
    So, other than in a hospital from where I have had massages(and NO arousal) not sure how I would react in a private "clinic"
    This personal confusion has lead me to avoid "private clinics"
     
  22. Sep 7, 2010 #21

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    That's just what a male friend told me. He said worrying about it would significantly reduce the enjoyment, and it wouldn't be easy to relax. I totally understand that. Makes me so glad to be female!
     
  23. Sep 7, 2010 #22

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    It's really not that way at all. But ymmv.
     
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