Apparently I need to be fit to be a massage therapist

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    Jul 16, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
    I periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market. I ran across an ad for a spa in my city. I am surprised they didn't advertise for female only. However I find there need for a fit massage therapist questionable. While I did wait to loose wait to go back into the massage industry a person's fitness doesn't determine how well the massage will be performed. Places like this make me question if massage is their main offering. Since we are generally paid commission I am starting to become offended by places that ask me to do anything besides massage clients.

    "Please be somewhat fit to very fit, be ready to join our weekly yoga class, it is free for you, if you do not like yoga do not apply at all, If you are out of breath performing simple tasks, please do not apply."

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    Jul 16, 2015 5:50 AM GMT
    MrFuscle saidI periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market. I ran across an ad for a spa in my city. I am surprised they didn't advertise for female only. However I find there need for a fit massage therapist questionable. While I did wait to loose wait to go back into the massage industry a person's fitness doesn't determine how well the massage will be performed. Places like this make me question if massage is their main offering. Since we are generally paid commission I am starting to become offended by places that ask me to do anything besides massage clients.

    "Please be somewhat fit to very fit, be ready to join our weekly yoga class, it is free for you, if you do not like yoga do not apply at all, If you are out of breath performing simple tasks, please do not apply."



    I had a cmt bf for 2 years and learned all the politics. Yes ,you need to be fit and good looking and young to attract clients. It's the same with yoga teachers and trainers. Business can't survive without clients so the best places discriminate to survive.
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:26 AM GMT
    MrFuscle saidI periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market.
    Using CL to do market research for massage therapy is like using Grindr to do market research for produce sales. All you'll find is people who want huge mussels and giant cucumbers.

    Get off the fucking internet and do your research in real life.

    I get weekly massages, usually by females. They do a damn good job, with no "happy ending" unless you count being more relaxed as a "happy ending."

    Before you even ask, yes, they're Asian females; and yes they compliment my body. Sucks for them, though, cause I ain't paying extra for some girl to massage the one part of my body that I can massage quite well by myself. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:33 AM GMT
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    MrFuscle saidI periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market.
    Using CL to do market research for massage therapy is like using Grindr to do market research for produce sales. All you'll find is people who want huge mussels and giant cucumbers.

    Get off the fucking internet and do your research in real life.



    A lot of spas post ads for therapist in the jobs section. There are more jobs posted there for therapist than on monster or glassdoor for example. I've learned which places have very high turn over sense they are always hiring. I have my current job, which I love, because of an ad I found on craig's list.
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:37 AM GMT
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    MrFuscle saidI periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market. I ran across an ad for a spa in my city. I am surprised they didn't advertise for female only. However I find there need for a fit massage therapist questionable. While I did wait to loose wait to go back into the massage industry a person's fitness doesn't determine how well the massage will be performed. Places like this make me question if massage is their main offering. Since we are generally paid commission I am starting to become offended by places that ask me to do anything besides massage clients.

    "Please be somewhat fit to very fit, be ready to join our weekly yoga class, it is free for you, if you do not like yoga do not apply at all, If you are out of breath performing simple tasks, please do not apply."



    I had a cmt bf for 2 years and learned all the politics. Yes ,you need to be fit and good looking and young to attract clients. It's the same with yoga teachers and trainers. Business can't survive without clients so they best places discriminate to survive.


    I guess it depends on the city. In south Florida where massage is seen as a luxury looks are very important. In Houston the therapy portion is more important so I see plenty of not great looking therapist. Of course the good looking ones will get more perverts and will be sexually harassed more often. Houston has a huge problem with sex slaves in the massage industry though. I guess there are two massage industries here.
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:55 AM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    paulflexes said
    MrFuscle saidI periodically check the craig's list job ads to see how the job market for massage therapy is in my market.
    Using CL to do market research for massage therapy is like using Grindr to do market research for produce sales. All you'll find is people who want huge mussels and giant cucumbers.

    Get off the fucking internet and do your research in real life.



    A lot of spas post ads for therapist in the jobs section. There are more jobs posted there for therapist than on monster or glassdoor for example. I've learned which places have very high turn over sense they are always hiring. I have my current job, which I love, because of an ad I found on craig's list.
    And I also have my job, which I love and have been at for over 10 years, which I found on CL (and they still post ads on CL for new openings).

    However, I got really lucky and apparently you did too.

    Recently though, CL has developed a horrible rep for job postings. Sure you can find a great job there, but YOU have to be the one who's smart enough to filter through the bullshit to find the legit postings. It's not as easy as it used to be.

    Plain and simple, YOU DO NOT have to be ripped/in-shape/model-sexy/Vogue-worthy to be a massage therapist. Well, unless you want to jack off your clients for that extra "twinny dolla" tip.

    If you have the strength and expertise it takes to perform a variety of massage techniques, you can find work in your field.

    Basically, fuck CL. Get a bicycle, ride around the populated areas of your town, and check out the spas and other massage places (that's how I find places to eat sushi, get great massages, get laid by hot guys for free, etc. when I work out of town...which is often).

    That's how you find work, especially if you want to turn your field of expertise into a career.

    Oh and BTW, it wouldn't bother me one bit to get a massage from someone who's "not fit." In fact, I've never had a great massage from someone who's "fit." icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 16, 2015 11:40 AM GMT
    paulflexes said In fact, I've never had a great massage from someone who's "fit." icon_wink.gif



    My former LMT was also a part-time male mode. His pic has even been posted on here once years ago when someone had a thread about hairy guys....although it was photoshopped. Being descended from Native Americans, he doesn't have a hairy body.

    No, I don't have the link to it, nor the pic. Tough.

    The current guys I go to are fit. I had a massage from a new, younger guy last night..he needed practice!

    I can't find a woman who can do it right. (Get your mind our of the gutter!) You'd have to be "fit" to a degree to be able to do such physical exertion for 30 or 90 mins and then break for a few minutes, get a new client and then find Orca the Whale wants a 90 min Sports Massage!
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    Jul 16, 2015 12:06 PM GMT
    MrFuscle said

    I guess it depends on the city. In south Florida where massage is seen as a luxury looks are very important. In Houston the therapy portion is more important so I see plenty of not great looking therapist. Of course the good looking ones will get more perverts and will be sexually harassed more often. Houston has a huge problem with sex slaves in the massage industry though. I guess there are two massage industries here.


    Houston has sex slaves?
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    Jul 16, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I'd prefer a fit massage therapist, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. If they were unfit, I'd expect to get a discount, or even to have them pay me for the privilege.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 16, 2015 4:20 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    MrFuscle said
    paulflexes said
    MrFuscle said

    Oh and BTW, it wouldn't bother me one bit to get a massage from someone who's "not fit." In fact, I've never had a great massage from someone who's "fit." icon_wink.gif


    Some of the fit guys aren't very good because they aren't being paid to be massage therapist, lol. There paid to be attractive and to touch you. The guy who recommended the school I went to was a very big muscular guy. He still has his license but doesn't practice anymore do to gay men being sexually aggressive on the table. Then again he always had men and women hitting on him. He was some peoples dream guy.

    No you don't have to be fit to give a great massage. One of the best massages I have ever received was from an elderly Russian woman.
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    Jul 16, 2015 4:25 PM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    MrFuscle said

    I guess it depends on the city. In south Florida where massage is seen as a luxury looks are very important. In Houston the therapy portion is more important so I see plenty of not great looking therapist. Of course the good looking ones will get more perverts and will be sexually harassed more often. Houston has a huge problem with sex slaves in the massage industry though. I guess there are two massage industries here.


    Houston has sex slaves?


    http://abc13.com/society/fight-to-stop-human-trafficking-in-houston-isnt-easy/501397/
    http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/lost-girls
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    Jul 16, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    So get fit.
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:20 PM GMT
    CODY4U saidSo get fit.


    Yeah that was a stupid comment
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    I am an lmbt. One of my former co workers was obese, had foul body odor, and a heart condition, Once right before beginning a couple's massage with her, she literally passed out because she hasn't been eating, but had been popping diet pills like candy. It is a physical job and there was only one metabolism to support the equivalent of 2 fairly large women who was fueling with diet pills and Crystal Light. What could possibly go wrong with that?icon_rolleyes.gif

    Maybe they had a similar experience, and want someone hygienic and capable, not necessarily some muscular super stud.

    Sadly, she's not the only one of her kind in the field.
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    Jul 16, 2015 6:55 PM GMT
    Runninchlt saidI am an lmbt. One of my former co workers was obese, had foul body odor, and a heart condition, Once right before beginning a couple's massage with her, she literally passed out because she hasn't been eating, but had been popping diet pills like candy. It is a physical job and there was only one metabolism to support the equivalent of 2 fairly large women who was fueling with diet pills and Crystal Light. What could possibly go wrong with that?icon_rolleyes.gif

    Maybe they had a similar experience, and want someone hygienic and capable, not necessarily some muscular super stud.

    Sadly, she's not the only one of her kind in the field.


    Just quoting to preserve your ignorant comment
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    Jul 16, 2015 7:17 PM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    CODY4U saidSo get fit.


    Yeah that was a stupid comment


    Stupid, you say?

    MrFuscle said"While I did wait to loose wait to go back into the massage industry..."


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    Jul 16, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    CODY4U said
    MrFuscle said
    CODY4U saidSo get fit.


    Yeah that was a stupid comment


    Stupid, you say?

    MrFuscle said"While I did wait to loose wait to go back into the massage industry..."


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    Yes it is stupid

    1. It assumes I want to work at this spa. I do not.
    2. It assumes a person has to be physically fit to perform massage, you do not.

    I use to work at Starbucks when I was over 300 pounds. Running around making several hundred drinks a day is physically more demanding than being a massage therapist. The only time I am winded in massage is while doing sports massage on very heavy, fat or bodybuilder clients. If someone does pregnancy massage, you can do the entire routine sitting down.
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    Jul 16, 2015 9:23 PM GMT
    Boys, boys, boys....

    I work at 2 spas and the clientele, generally, is older than I am or close to it and being fit helps in conversation and their comfort level. Also, being able to maintain a full schedule is a must and staying at a trim weight helps, alot. Cross-training with weights and skating ensures I am strong enough to provide hours of services. Just works for me very well.

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    Jul 16, 2015 11:42 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI'd prefer a fit massage therapist, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. If they were unfit, I'd expect to get a discount, or even to have them pay me for the privilege.icon_rolleyes.gif


    I can't believe it. HottJoe and I agree on something.
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    Jul 17, 2015 1:07 AM GMT
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    HottJoe saidI'd prefer a fit massage therapist, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. If they were unfit, I'd expect to get a discount, or even to have them pay me for the privilege.icon_rolleyes.gif


    I can't believe it. HottJoe and I agree on something.

    Um, but my rolling eyes emoticon was meant to denote sarcasm.icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 17, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    Ja feel...
    "Tallywakers" has blocked my linkedin profile.

    -I'm assuming people who pay for massages do not have a scruff account?
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    Jul 17, 2015 1:56 PM GMT
    My massages, which are few and far between, are always at reputable places by professionals. No sex is involved or implied.

    A massage place opened near us, and an elderly gay friend wanted to try it. Especially as they were offering introductory special prices. But he was a bit apprehensive about it and had little experience, so he asked me if if I'd go along to initially look the place over, and ask the right questions, then let him know my impressions before he made a decision.

    So we did, and it looked pretty ordinary, no alarm bells went off for me. He made an appointment for a few days later. When I saw him later that day he was just beaming. I said his massage must have gone well.

    "Yeah, it went great. And I didn't expect the 'happy ending' part."

    "What? You got a happy ending? You mean you got a... ?"

    "Yeah, first time I've gotten off in a while. I wasn't sure I still could."

    "Well, good for you if that pleased you."

    He went on to explain the experience to me. He was told to strip naked to get on the table, which he expected. But then the masseur stripped naked, too, which he didn't expect, nor would I. He got a standard massage which went well. At the end he was asked if he wanted the happy ending, and despite not being quite sure what that was, he said yes.

    And so the guy jerked him off, also quite well, according to my friend, who was still wearing this big silly grin. One thing that puzzled me is why they had a naked male masseur do that for him, and not have a female get naked. Did they know or presume he was gay, not straight, and would be sexually stimulated by another man rather than by a woman?

    But now I can't go to the place myself, since my roommate (I hope southbeach1500 approves of that term, since he's the arbiter of personal relationship expressions on RJ, and I certainly don't want him to keep criticizing me for using the wrong words) would not be happy if he thought some other guy was giving me a hand job. (The happy ending story has now spread among our circle of friends)
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jul 17, 2015 8:09 PM GMT
    Ugh. When I did sports massage, it was just assumed there'd be a "happy ending" . I mean seriously folks...what is the link in people's minds between sports massage and being a gigolo?
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    Jul 18, 2015 1:06 AM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidUgh. When I did sports massage, it was just assumed there'd be a "happy ending" . I mean seriously folks...what is the link in people's minds between sports massage and being a gigolo?


    Well, I got my first massage from a CMT I found through a normal spa massage site. I made no mention of sex, in fact when I said I wanted to keep my underwear on he insisted it would make it difficult to do the massage correctly. He said he would use his standard draping. Anyways, he did all the really sore areas for me, my back, shoulders and legs. Then I flipped over and he massaged my scalp, my face and neck. It was ridiculously relaxing. I dozed off only to wake up to him blowing the hell out of me. Good lord, before I even knew it the guy had absolutely sucked out my soul. He said he had always wanted to do that to a client.
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    Jul 19, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
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    Rowing_Ant saidUgh. When I did sports massage, it was just assumed there'd be a "happy ending" . I mean seriously folks...what is the link in people's minds between sports massage and being a gigolo?


    Well, I got my first massage from a CMT I found through a normal spa massage site. I made no mention of sex, in fact when I said I wanted to keep my underwear on he insisted it would make it difficult to do the massage correctly. He said he would use his standard draping. Anyways, he did all the really sore areas for me, my back, shoulders and legs. Then I flipped over and he massaged my scalp, my face and neck. It was ridiculously relaxing. I dozed off only to wake up to him blowing the hell out of me. Good lord, before I even knew it the guy had absolutely sucked out my soul. He said he had always wanted to do that to a client.


    What did you do after he molested you?