I love the helpful sort, ready to forego their modesty just to make my life easier! And to be extra nice, their going to let me know upfront they’re good tippers to boot.
As a non-sarcastic aside, I can understand the lure of that extra money for massage therapists. Particularly during start up or those slow months, sometimes we are living from one massage to the next. I’ve seen the comments on the message board as therapists are struggling to decide whether or not to see a client they don’t like (difficult, boundary pusher, or possible perv), because they really need that money. And I don’t doubt that hobbyists have preyed on that and massage therapists have made stupid decisions because of the lack.
I think one of the biggest lacks in my field is marketing skills or resources. I hope tools become available in the near future.
Paul wants to help me out on this day. Here’s his email:
I come to [your city] periodically and have had massages from 3 or 4 different ladies. I don’t at all mind paying for a good massage and I usually tip well for a good massage. I have not however had a lomi lomi massage and I found your video very interesting. It looked like it would feel really good. I have one question. Does a person getting this massage have to be draped. I am not a rude person, it just looks like it would flow better if the giver never had to stop to adjust the cloth. Thanks Paul
Paul is not only a big tipper and helpful, but he’s also an expert on a massage he’s never had! But he isn’t a rude person. Point taken, Paul! You can read my response:
Well, how kind of you to be so VERY helpful as to give up your own modesty for the sake of the massage! However, draping is required by law in the state of [my practice] and quite frankly, I have no desire to see your genitals. Fortunately, I’ve never had to stop and adjust the draping so I’ve never found it to be an issue as far as interrupting the flow of the massage. Thanks so much for your concern, though!
Additional information and pricing can be found on my website at [my .com].
I never heard back from Paul. I guess he was sad i rebuffed his helpful attempts. So sad. I often lead people back to my website. It is my thought that directing them back to the site where it is clearly written, several places, that draping is required and I follow legal and ethical guidelines, offer THERAPEUTIC massage, etc, perhaps they will catch a clue.
Hobbyists, this one is for you – when you read an ad/website what, in your mind, tips you off that it is a legit therapist? Your input please.