Too Embrassed to Ask? The Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House Inn helps to soothe your worries and lays it all out on the table in our “Embrassing Massage Questions Answered” blog series. Do you tip? Are you supposed to be nude? Do you say anything if the pressure’s not deep enough? What if you’re self-conscious about your body? Here are the answers to two of the top ten embrassing massage questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but may be too embarrassed to.
1) Am I supposed to tip my massage therapist?
If you get a massage at a spa or hotel, a 15% to 20% tip is standard if you were pleased with the services. On the other hand, there are no real ground rules or norms when it comes to massage in a medical setting. Some massage therapists and massage associations I asked said tipping isn’t appropriate in a medical or clinical setting. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask if tipping is customary. You can call ahead to ask if you don’t want to do it face to face. If tipping isn’t the norm, you can always show your appreciation by referring friends, family and co-workers to the massage therapist.
2) Am I supposed to take it all off when I get a massage?
Many people prefer to keep their panties or briefs on during a massage, while others prefer to be completely nude. It’s up to you. If your problem areas are your lower back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work, but a thong for women or briefs for men should do the trick. In North America, if you do remove your underwear, licensed massage therapists must ensure that you are always properly covered by a sheet or towel. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered.
Relax your nerves at the Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House Inn; we are here to ensure you have a rejuvenating and calming experience. Schedule an appointment with one of our terrific massage therapists today! Don’t forget to ask about our organic massage lotions, oils, and scrubs by Mountain Rose Herbs. Stay tune for more embrassing massage questions answered.