When about to massage someone, need to ensure that your massage space is clean and comfortable, you are hygienically clean and comfortable with smooth fingernails. So how do you ensure the person you are about to treat remains comfortable throughout the treatment?
Your presentation and manner is important and is also important that your massage space is warm enough so that whoever you are about to massage does not feel cold. If the room is cold, perhaps you should be doing a massage through their clothing and/or using extra blankets and towels.
Ideally one’s room needs to be around 25°C which means you also need to be lightly dressed and comfortable. But when you get your friend or client on the table, you need to ensure the comfort before you begin the treatment.
You must realise that not everyone is going to be completely comfortable laying face down or even comfortable laying on a flat surface due to stiffness and common injuries.
As illustrated in the right image, woman may need some support bolsters to avoid putting excess pressure on their boobs. While the image shows custom-made bolsters, you can use roled or folded towels.
Men on the other hand tend to have very stiff ankles and most men will be either more comfortable with a bolster under their ankles which relieves the pressure on the tops of their feet, or, they may be comfortable hanging their feet over the sides of the table.
Other people may not be comfortable laying face down due to back injuries. In such cases sometimes a larger bolster under the ankles helps and sometimes a bolster under the abdomen helps. But this is a case of trial and error.
Similarly when someone is lying on their back, back pain may be present and this can often be relieved by placing a bolster underneath their knees.
When someone is laying like this, be very gentle in touching the neck and have them turn their head the other way so you can complete the treatment. It also have them turn their head side to side periodically to avoid accumulated discomfort. When someone is laying like this for an extended length of time, the neck can lock in place and be very uncomfortable when the person tries to move.
There are many things to consider and being aware of how you would like to be treated in the situation makes a sensible guide. In terms of keeping a person’s body covered, some people are more comfortable naked then covered whereas some people are terrified by the idea of being naked.
Therefore you must find a way of creating conversation around these things. So if a person is uncomfortable with their body, a complete clothes on massage may be more appropriate whereas for those who are less inhibited, give them the freedom to be naked if they so want to. But in this situation if you are not comfortable someone else’s nakedness, you should not be touching anyone.