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Pushpm wrote:I have recently started getting massage from RMT (Female). She always ask me to undress to my comfort level and for decency sake I always leave my underwear on. She gives me a good massage on my exposed area of glutes and it really feels great. I want to have a good glute massage next time.
Should I take off my underwear which will implied that my glutes will be taken care or should I speak to her? I live in Canada.
I always have full sheet.
pueppi wrote:I would suggest you speak to your therapist directly about this.
Personally I work most of the glutes above the sheet/blanket, because I can get in deeper for the way I work. However, I am not opposed to working the glutes undraped - it is just that usually I do this when I am working swedish style (using the glute work to blend into my lower back work) or with moderate to deep strokes which are very long in nature (from the ankle to the glutes, up the back to the shoulder and then on down the arm to end at the fingers).
So, if you take your underware off without talking to your therapist, you may not get what you are requesting in this post you have made, depending on how your therapists works. She may just think you are "taking your underware off", not that you are actually wanting more of the same glute work.
A sample request: "I really liked what you did last time on my glutes. If I take my underware off for today's massage, would you be comfortable working my entire glutes? It seemed to make a real difference for me during the week that followed my massage."
Pushpm wrote:Yes. You are right. I just took off my undie this time but my MT did not massage my flutes. I phoned another MT and asked if she can take care of my glutes. She told glutes are always part of full body massage.
pueppi wrote:Is there a particular reason why you chose not to ask your MT for this work?
Glutes may always be part of some therapists massage work, but it doesn't mean this work is necessary to every massage. Are you planning on speaking with your current MT or moving to new the one you called? I am generally curious.
Empathic~Heart wrote: I do work over the sheet if undies are on, and undrape the side I'm working on if undies are off. My intake also asks specifically "what areas to you give permission to be worked on" and go by that.
Mia wrote:I can never understand this country.
I was taught that pain in the gluteal and piriformis muscles are one of the major causes of lower back pain.
I got a PM from someone several weeks ago stating that where he works in your South, that they cannot do the buttocks or pectorals?!
GENERAL RULES GOVERNING LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CHAPTER 0870-01
(Rule 0870-01-.02, continued)
June, 2009 (Revised) 5
(e) Prohibited therapeutic treatments not within the scope of practice of massage
1. therapeutic treatments to the anus and *Royal* canal, including, but not limited to
colonic irrigations and enemas; and
2. therapeutic cross-gender breast massage; and
3. therapeutic vaginal massage.
pear2apple wrote:Frankly I would be a little put-off if I went to a 'relaxation massage' and the therapist exposed my butt cheeks and worked on them. I probably wouldn't return.
Moogie wrote:It is pretty standard to work the gluts, either undraped or through the sheet (if the client has chosen to leave their underwear on.) That said, every therapist is unique and different and they chose how to do their massage.
pueppi wrote:pear2apple wrote:Frankly I would be a little put-off if I went to a 'relaxation massage' and the therapist exposed my butt cheeks and worked on them. I probably wouldn't return.
As a side note to add depth to this thread (for any clients reading), many MT's are taught that the glutes/buttocks are not a seperate entity from the leg, but an extension of the leg.
I was taught and look at the leg in this manner: Put your finger on your belly button and then think of the leg as an extension downward from that point. Don't think of leg and buttocks. Although the buttocks have specific muscles within that area, they provide a function within the leg apparatus itself, which can of course extend into lower back issues.
When you think about it this way (if you weren't taught that), you can see how the buttocks become less of a point to be concerned about when a therapist exposes the area.
Mia wrote:Pueppi, you put that very nicely. I would add for the back sauce at the tip of the sacrum.
Angle, I don't know about you, but there is no way to do my pecs without going through the breast
As such we as practitioners must honor where our clients are at for whatever reason and be respectful of the people who we are touching.
River, you put it well. We need to do what the client wants. But if we don't do a full massage on a client who does not know better, I think we are cheating him or her. Would you go to a doctor who does not do a breast exam or a doctor who does not do a pelvic exam because she is uncomfortable doing so? No, From what I see in this country, you would sue them for malpractice.
Mia wrote:I never said USA offends me, just the puritan beliefs and sue sue sue!
I thought my post was clear that I have issue with therapist not doing or offering gluteal massage because the therapist has problem with it! Sofie said it is a waste of the clients money - I think it is thief of clients money. I think they should be sued!
Mia wrote:I think the Puritan laws that don't allow massage of chest (breasts) or gluts (if client wants) are STUPID and you should educate to change them
Pear, if you read the posts, others also say not doing the gluts is cheating and touching the butt would offend them. Rather than "accept" them, we should educate them. I have been educated to do things different than I was taught because of your laws, etc. I think the reverse also holds
Mia wrote:Forums should be used to civilly discuss (dragon lady) and learrn
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