How to Enjoy Your FIRST Professional Massage!


There are a lot of you out there that haven’t had your first professional massage. Booooo!

Some people are too embarrassed by their bodies; some just feel creepy about having someone touch them, and some think it’s a waste the time and money.  Hey… some people pay GOOD money JUST to have someone creepy touch them, but that’s another blog.

Here are a few tips that will help make the most of your FIRST experience at the spa! Everyone say “AWWWWWW”!



Try not to chat during your massage! Just RELAX for once! If you have to warn your therapist that you have an ingrown toenail or that you don’t want anyone to touch your face, PLEASE tell her/him before you get on the table. It’s really common for first-timers to chat because they are nervous, or they feel like its impolite to just lay there and not socialize. You’ve earned some quiet time and, honestly, we really don’t need to hear that your daughter just got a new puppy and are wondering how to house break him.

Sometimes, though, the THERAPIST gets too chatty. This is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when I get a massage. I don’t want to pay good money just so the therapist can have a trapped friend to socialize with for an hour! The way to nicely “warn” your therapist that you want to chill quietly (without hurting anyone’s feelings) is to say “Ahhhhh, finally ONE hour where no one is talking to me! I’m so looking forward to this.” Or “I’m so tired, I hope I sleep during my massage.” If she STILL rambles on, just do a fake snore. Or there is always the true-blue method of simply saying, “Please shut your pie hole during my massage, Ma’am.”



GUYS:  You don’t need to worry that you have a hairy back. It IS kind of fun, though, to make shapes and patterns with the lotion-packed hair, so it’s a “win-win” no matter what.

GALS: You don’t need to worry that you didn’t shave your legs. Women ALWAYS apologize for this. (And guys, usually the reason they don’t shave is because YOU are out of town. Isn’t that cute?)



NOOOOOObody is. Even professional models apologize for various “deformities”. I’ve seen MANY webbed toes, veiny legs, bald spots, potbellies, and deformed toenails and I honestly don’t even think about it. It’s all COMMON. A therapist’s goal is to make people feel better and your stories of how they helped your game is what they love!



It depends on the therapist. Ask her “Do I take EVERYTHING off?” She’s been asked this question many times before, so no need to be embarrassed. Usually she will let you know ahead of time. When I worked at a spa one client of mine used the top sheet to make himself a knotted up “diaper” before I came back into the room. He was lying there with just him and his diaper. THAT was odd, and a little unnerving, so PLEASE don’t do that.  Another client laid on TOP of the sheets (not under), with nothing but a speedo on. Please, God PLEASE don’t do that either.



Some therapist are great at a relaxing Swedish massage but not at a deep therapeutic one, or visa versa. Some are good at both! Be aware of what you want and ask before you schedule with a specific therapist. You also might want the massage firm (or deep) on your back, but more relaxing treatments on the rest of your body. Tell them! They want to help you, but they won’t know unless you tell them!

If you have any questions PLEASE feel free to email and ask me. I KNOW a good massage will help you and I want your first visit to be a good one!

Heather Karr, LMT

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4 Responses to “How to Enjoy Your FIRST Professional Massage!”
  1. Hi! I love your article. I’m updating my website to include a page on what to expect during your session with me and am including links to well written articles on the subject. I’d love to link to your article with permission. I would include your name and article title before the link. Thanks.

  2. Heather Karr says:

    Hi Kiara!

    Sure! It would be an honor!

    Thank you!

  3. Donna Thomas says:

    This article is both hilarious and spot on! May I have your permission to post an excerpt with your link on my blog? With attribution to you, of course! If you’d like to check out my blog for quality approval before giving permission:
    Donna Thomas, LMT
    Kamuela, Hawaii

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