Do you have a preference of a female or male massage therapist?
We understand that some people might be hesitant to use a male massage therapist. After all, it’s not something that everyone is used to. However, we want to assure you that our team of massage therapists are highly qualified and will provide you with the same level of service no matter who your therapist is. We encourage you to give us a try! You won’t regret it.
I’d rather see a female therapist. Should I request this?
Some men don’t feel comfortable having a massage by a male therapist. It may be due to outdated social and media stereotypes of the profession or the fear of getting an erection during the massage.
Some women also prefer a female massage therapist because they say they feel more comfortable.
This doesn’t just apply to massage therapy. A University of Michigan study found that 43 percent of women preferred a female doctor for a colonoscopy. Of these women, 87 percent said they would be willing to wait more than 30 days to get an appointment with a female colonoscopist, and 14 percent would be willing to pay more for one.
Unfortunately, men who choose to become massage therapists are often unprepared for the discrimination they face. When clients request female over male therapists, spas stop hiring them, however skilled they are.
That’s why I believe it’s important to challenge your preconceptions. Here are some tips to help you:
- If you see other practitioners in the clinic or spa, ask if you could meet the massage therapist before you book the appointment.
- Try booking a massage at a health club or a clinic, where there’s usually a higher percentage of male clientele and staff.
- You may wish to start with an active form of massage, such as deep tissue or sports massage or a type of massage that is done fully clothed, such asshiatsu or Thai massage.
We have a great team of male therapists who will make sure you feel completely comfortable and safe. Our therapists are highly skilled and can help you resolve any pain or tension you may be experiencing. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!