A MASSAGE therapist is reminding people why it is not OK to turn up for your appointment straight after strenuous exercise, without showering.
Venting their frustration over clients who don’t properly wash before they come in for their massage, one woman revealed the subtle signs therapists use to tell people when they are “dirty” and “need to shower”.
Posting via TikTok, the massage therapist shared a video after an unpleasant encounter with a client who hadn’t bothered taking the time to get clean before showing up for their appointment.
This clip has been viewed almost 264kx online. In it, she vents her frustration while encouraging other adults to do the same.
“How not to be a massage client 101. Alright at this point in my massage career, I am both unfazed and shocked to have to remind grown adults of this, but please come to your massage clean,” She pleads.
“I’m not talking about like a sweaty sneaker situation, I can actually put up with some pretty stinky feet, but I’m really not in the mood to massage your damp sweaty body that literally was just in the gym 15 minutes ago.”
The woman continued: “It’s fine to get a massage right after you’ve worked out. However, take a shower and then don’t ride your mountainbike for more than a few hours before going to the massage.
“It’s a general rule of thumb that if you can’t imagine yourself enjoying rubbing someone’s sweaty body for an hour, especially a stranger, I’m probably not going to either. Thanks, that’s all.”
In a follow-up video, she then clarified the point she was trying to make and revealed that massage therapists use tell-tale signs to show if they think you haven’t showered properly before hitting the table.
You might see them covering your feet with hand sanitizer before they start working on you, or even the whole massage while you are covered in a sheet. This is a sign that they don’t believe you are clean enough to do this.
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“The point I was trying to make was don’t come to your massage dirty, after you’ve done multiple strenuous activities to the point of having physical dirt on you that I can also smell, that’s not cool,” the massage therapist explains.
“I’m also aware that not everyone can enjoy your job. You can’t have fun with every person in your life. That being said, I love what you do and can be bigger and more person than you are.
“But, if you’re wondering why I’m lathering your feet in hand sanitiser or only working over the sheet, that’s why.”
It’s subtle, but it is not lost on me.
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