What do you look for in a massage therapist?

  • jsnmassage

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    Apr 16, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Just curious what most male athletes look for in their massage therapist? Are the therapist's stats more important than their massage training, licensure, and level of professionalism? Do you prefer/ expect a sensual element in your massage?
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    I look for someone who can make my pain go bye bye for a while. It doesn't matter if they are a hot guy or a 350 pound German woman named Inga.

    If I wanted a sensual massage, I'd try and coerce one from someone I'm seeing. I'm not so concerned about their competence as the happy ending.
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:38 AM GMT
    I look for someone like me. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    no incense, candles, or desktop-plugin waterfall fountains, please.

    just wail on the knots in my back.

    bonus points if you can work out a sore spot without putting me through excruciating pain in the process.
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    Apr 16, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    Licensure professionalism, and knowledge about the body are givens. I'm going to add intent and energy as well. The sensual stuff needs to go out, and put under the "adult" category and they need to call it something else in my opinion.

    I look for someone who can give a good sports massage, or do appropriate trigger point therapy. I also love being stretched out. There are a lot of therapists out there who may have been able to pass the test, but they have no idea what they're doing.
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    Apr 16, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Experience is key. I would rather go to someone who's been a masseur for a while than someone new. Nothing against the newbies, but my knots are stubborn. He has to know what he's doing. Sometimes the reviews offer some insight.

    I look for a variety of techniques in his ad, not just one. (Swedish doesn't cut it if that's all he does). The massage will be less cookie-cutter because he has many approaches to "solving the problem" areas. And like Runninchlt, I really appreciate the stretches.

    Licensing is something I look for, but it may not be a deciding factor. (Isn't it a "massage" if he's licensed/certified and "body work" if he's not?) You can often tell from their website whether or not this is what he does for a living or not. I would rather it be his full time work.

    I even look for those with other related services (whether it be hot stones, manscaping, yoga, personal training, etc.), since it sheds light on the person's interests. The more focused he is on "taking care of the body", the more likely there's passion for his work.


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    Apr 16, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    A big cock for the happy ending. ........ What? No happy ending? WTH did I come in here for?
  • unicoman1

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    Apr 16, 2011 2:57 PM GMT
    One that can give me an incredible happy ending! :-)
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    May 09, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    jsnmassage saidJust curious what most male athletes look for in their massage therapist? Are the therapist's stats more important than their massage training, licensure, and level of professionalism? Do you prefer/ expect a sensual element in your massage?


    Whether he has candles burning in the room or not. Candles are very important. Can't get a massage without them. And won't hire a massage therapist without them.
  • DanOmatic

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    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM GMT
    I have picked mine based mostly on recommendations from other athletes, but I also check their qualifications and training as well. My current regular massage therapist for deep tissue massage is about 6'5" and about 260 pounds--which means that I can count on it being a pretty vigorous experience.

    There's a flip-side to really REALLY awesome massage therapists--some of them don't have any openings 5 or 6 weeks out...
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    May 09, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
    For me, it's all about the 'head and shoulders, feet and toes...'

    I literally feel their pain in these areas when I work on clients because they are my spots that need work. icon_idea.gif
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    May 09, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    <----------------- 11 years of non-stop massaging for my family and relatives........maybe i should be a masseur...LMFAO!. I'd certainly give u guys an opening anytime XD. hahahaha.
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    May 10, 2011 4:50 AM GMT
    _KiwiM0nst3r_ said<----------------- 11 years of non-stop massaging for my family and relatives........maybe i should be a masseur...LMFAO!. I'd certainly give u guys an opening anytime XD. hahahaha.
    I bet you would! icon_lol.gif