Debunking Myths About Male Massage Therapists – Part 2
When you think of massage therapists, the first image that comes to mind is probably that of a woman. This is not surprising as the majority of massage therapists are women. However, there are also many male massage therapists in the industry and they face their own unique challenges when it comes to finding work.
We’ve previously debunked some of the most common misconceptions about male massage therapists but due to the popularity of the article, we decided to do a deeper dive into the topic. In this blog, we will debunk additional myths about male massage therapists and explore what we can do to make it easier for men to work in the massage industry.
Myth 1: Sexual Misconduct
Many people assume that when they work with a male massage therapist there is an increased risk of sexual misconduct or assault. But this assumption could not be further from the truth! Male massage therapists can sometimes be more careful and conscientious than their female counterparts because they want to ensure they make each client feel safe. They understand that their clients are trusting them with their bodies and they take this responsibility very seriously.
In addition to this, Vinings Massage & Wellness takes the safety and well-being of our clients very seriously. We have no tolerance for sexual misconduct of any kind.
In order to create a safe space for everyone, we strive to hire individuals who have professionalism, respect, and compassion for others. This same standard applies to all staff members, so clients don’t have to worry when they work with a male massage therapist.
Myth 2: Lack of Nurturing Touch
Another common misconception is that female massage therapists can offer a more nurturing or relaxing touch than male massage therapists. This is not the case as male massage therapists are just as capable of providing a calming massage experience.
When people enter the industry, they’re taught how to create a tranquil environment that lets the client recharge. They learn about the importance of meeting the needs of every client, whether that means using a more gentle touch or doing a deep tissue technique instead. Male massage therapists are all trained in these basics, so you can rest assured that they’re capable of providing a gentle, relaxing massage.
Myth 3: Listening & Social Skills
Some people believe that men inherently have a harder time listening to others and practicing certain social skills. They assume that if they book a session with a male massage therapist, they may not be heard when they request specific techniques or modifications. But this is far from the truth as every massage therapist is trained to ask questions and understand the needs of each client.
This misconception touches upon an important aspect of massage therapy. Every body is unique and massage therapists are taught to recognize this (especially when working with an individual for the first time). They know to ask questions and get to know their client’s goals and preferences so they can get exactly what they want out of their session. Each massage therapist follows this process, so clients can enter their session knowing they will be heard.
Ending the Stigma
Unfortunately, due to these misconceptions, it can be harder for male massage therapists to find work. This is why it is so important to educate yourself and others on the realities of working with male massage therapists.
They’re just as dedicated to creating a safe and comfortable environment as female massage therapists. Additionally, they are aware of these misconceptions, which is why many go above and beyond to make sure their clients feel heard and have their needs met. By understanding the challenges that male massage therapists face, we can create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for them.
Interested in working with one of the male massage therapists we have on our staff? Schedule your next appointment with them today!