What to expect from a professional massage
Whether it's your first time getting a massage or your 20th, it's useful to know what to expect from a professional service. As the UK's leading app for delivering massages at home, Urban demands the highest standards from the mobile massage therapists we partner with.
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Getting undressed and what to wear
Your massage therapist should always give you privacy to get undressed to your underwear. Lower-half underwear (boxers, briefs or knickers) should stay on at all times. If you normally wear a bra it's up to you whether to keep it on or take it off so your therapist can more easily work on your back.
Your therapist should leave the room and ask you to get changed. Once you're undressed, position yourself face-down on the massage table and cover yourself with a towel. They should then knock on the door to check it's okay to enter.
Turning over during your massage
When you turn over during your treatment, your therapist should keep you covered the whole time. That includes raising the towel to give you room to move, and giving you a moment to get comfortable, then covering you up again.
Working on your glutes
If your therapist is working on your glutes as part of your treatment, they should always ask whether you’d prefer to keep them covered. Therapists can always treat glutes by working through the towel. Or, if you’re happy for them to work on your glutes directly, they should always ask for you consent first, and uncover one side at a time, leaving as much of you covered as possible while they work. They also won’t move your underwear without your permission
Keeping professional distance
Your therapist should know not to get too close if you’re lying on your back. While they’re working on your shoulders and chest, their face should stay at least 50 centimetres away from yours. Their hips should stay away from the table while they work.
Working around your neck and chest area
When you’re lying on your back, the line of your towel shows exactly where your therapist should treat. Therapists are trained to go right up to that towel line, but never under it.
A professional massage therapist should know to keep just to the facts when they talk to you. So they might comment on a muscle being really tight, or let you know if they can help with your posture. But they should never compliment or critique your body in any way, or share their opinions on your lifestyle.
Remember: any massage treatment should make you feel safe and comfortable from start to finish. It’s your therapist’s job to put you at ease, and to make sure they’re not crossing any of your personal boundaries.
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