- 1. Ladies, we get very offended if your legs are unshaven: FICTION! It’s ok to come with unshaven legs! We’re not here to judge. We work on all different types of bodies with varying levels of hair in all places and don’t think twice about it!
- 2. Having a high pain tolerance means we will increase our force and give you an extra deep tissue treatment: FICTION! Our treatment techniques and pressure will depend on what you are requesting treatment for. Sometimes, it pays to work smarter, not harder. Just because you don’t ‘feel pain’ while you are being treated, doesn’t mean your treatment wasn’t effective. Some of the best therapists have the most subtle, yet effective approach to their treatments.
- Massage therapists are all interested in essential oils, energy work and balancing chakras (think Phoebe from the TV show ‘Friends”): FICTION! Just like dentists, physical therapists or doctors, massage therapists all have unique personalities and special interests. It is usually pretty easy to gauge what your massage therapist is interested in based on the location of work they choose, how they decorate their treatment room, what continuing education they take and what their treatment approach is like.
- We like being called a ‘masseuse’: Definitely FICTION! We are therapists. The term masseuse used to be the standard term for a female massage therapist and massuere for a male therapist. In the 1980’s , the term fell out of use in the professional massage industry as it came to be associated with sex work. So, now you know why your massage therapist cringes when you mention how great of a ‘masseuse’ they are!
- Massage therapists just know about muscles: FICTION! We are trained to know about the entire body, all of its systems and how they function. We are also trained to assess the skin and know how to differentiate between common skin conditions and serious concerns. We spend over 2200 hours in an academic setting learning about human anatomy, physiology, disease, injuries, exercise prescription and business practices. Many of us also take regular continuing education amongst our colleagues (including chiropractors and physical therapists) to enhance our knowledge base yearly. So yes, we know about muscles and wealth of other things too!
Wishing you all health and happiness as we end 2019 and enter a new decade in 2020! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
~ Michelle Smith, RMT