Professionl Gay Massage Therapist Unite!!

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    Oct 14, 2008 6:32 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I'm a RMT, in Ontario, that stands for a Registered Massage Therapist. I have completed a 2200 hour program of study and passed both my written and practical exams. I have been working as an RMT part-time while furthering other educational pursuits. I am very interested in learning from YOU PROS. about little or BIG things that an CMT/LMT/RMT/ or simply a MT can do to grow their business or grow personally. What suggestions do you have? What technique do you most often use with your clients and you feel would be valuable to the newbie MT? I've been licensed coming up on 2 years now.

    BRIEFLY:Here is my stand on nudity with my clients. I alwasy reassure them that they are welcomed to undress to whatever level they are most comfortable with. Skin on skin contact is the best,however, I can modify techniques to massage over clothing or the sheets. I ALWAYS drap accordingly. I am not trying to sound arrogant or vain, however, I am an attractive young gay male, who also happens to be a therapist, I have been hit on numerous times. Regardless, aboveall, I feel I MUST be professional to the ninth degree!

    I really am a fun therapist. I usually joke around with my clients, teasing them that they have come for laughter therapy more than the actually phyical manipulations!

    Let's share our funny stories, our "close calls" etc. Let's learn from each other. I have so much to learn in the field of Massage. Which, bytheway, is always growing etc. There are tons of techniques out there and training courses. Blah blah blah. ...I'm done my rant!

    Alright, let's get this post's balls rolling!
    Dave
    Rmt/Sept. '09 Nursing Student
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    Oct 15, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    I like massage therapists who can incorporate some really good stretches into the session. I find most don't know where to begin, but any decent trainer can stretch the hell out of you.

    I have a massage therapist in San Diego who is also a surfer so he knows exactly how to hit your lower back and rear delts to work out the kinks from surfing...he is REALLY big into breathwork...he breathes at the same time I do, and it makes for a nice connection during the massage.

    I also think you should tell your clients that you intend to skip the stupid scalp massage unless they want it. I dont need some guy running his fingers through my hair for 70 bucks an hour.

    (btw...the term is nth degree...not ninth degree. sorry, I'm a writer and i know stupid things like that).
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    Oct 15, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    Thanks Tommy... you should have heard my other guesses! Thank you for correcting me. Okay, it's nth degree not nineth degree! Got it!

    In regards to the stretches being incorporated into the massage. I agree. What method of stretching does your therapist do with you? Does Active Isolated Stretch sound familiar?

    I also agree concerning the scalp massage. If a client comes into the clinic looking for relaxation, I would add the scalp treatment. However, for athletes who need muscles manipulated to restore muscle length etc. I do not have time to touch upon the scalp.

    Thanks again.
    Dave
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    Oct 15, 2008 9:39 PM GMT
    it does sound familiar, dave

    he stretches me till it hurts, then I push back against him for a few seconds and then I relax and stretch deeper...is that what that's called?
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    Oct 15, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    Good luck with it ...

    I dated an LMT for many yrs
    It's a great thing to do
    just don't get sucked into the doing sexual favors
    guys are going to ask you .... esp since you're so cute

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    Oct 15, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    Another professional massage therapist here for over 5 years. The first tip I'd give you to keep the wrong types of clients out of your office is to not view massage therapy as something that goes along under the "Sex & Adult" heading.

    You will get hit on. I get hit on a lot, and you're much hotter than I am. So it's gonna happen. When gay men find out that you're gay, and that you're a MT, they will instantly think that you want to sex them up. Usually it's the ugly guys that can only seem to get sex by paying for it. The hot guys that come to see you are probably married. That's just how the luck with massage therapy works, haha.

    About 90% of your business will come from word of mouth / referrals. Make sure it's the word you want about yourself getting out. This means paying attention to detail. From the sheets you use, the cream you put on your clients (doesn't leave a nasty film like oil does), the temperature of your table, to the bottle of water you provide them after a session, you need to be spot on with EVERY client.

    Oh yeah, and make sure you have proper body mechanics 100% of the time so you can enjoy many years of this wonderful profession!
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    Oct 17, 2008 8:30 AM GMT
    Great advice. Thanks.
    Dave
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    Oct 16, 2009 4:51 PM GMT
    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREAbout 90% of your business will come from word of mouth / referrals. Make sure it's the word you want about yourself getting out. This means paying attention to detail. From the sheets you use, the cream you put on your clients (doesn't leave a nasty film like oil does), the temperature of your table, to the bottle of water you provide them after a session, you need to be spot on with EVERY client.


    This is great advice! I've been a MT for a couple of years as well and this is what counts most (as well as your skills of course!) clients remember details like that for sure.

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    Oct 18, 2009 10:21 PM GMT
    I am an LMT in training at the Swedish Institute in NYC. I also have 2 Thai Massage certifications from 2 different school in Thailand.

    Thai massage is great for incorporating yogic stretching into a massage session. I've never had a client who complained about or didn't like it. I'm finding Swedish massage to be a more relaxing than dynamic practice unlike Thai.

    Also learning Shiatsu but not into any techniques yet, just learning about the different elemental energies within the body. ie-water, metal, earth. wood & fire.

    I love what I'm learning so much! Although Anat & Phys is pretty tough.

    I have some funny and interesting stories about massages I've received while traveling in South east Asia.

    One thing I found out was, in Thailand a "strong" massage is a code word for a handjob! That was a funny experience, especially after I told her I was gay.