Sportsmassage Fears

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    Dec 22, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    Why do so many men, both gay and straight shy away fro sportsmssage, especially when it can be so helpful with injury prevention and rehab from injuries when they occur?

    Young guys, especially high school and college athletes come to me in large numbers...they don't care and are perfectly comfortable laying on the table almost naked (except for the towel)...yet anyone over 24 seem very uncomfortable and will got to physical therpists, doctors, etc. but will not seek massage even though it would be beneficial.

    just curious...
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    Dec 22, 2007 5:26 AM GMT
  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 22, 2007 7:46 PM GMT
    I love a great massage. I try to get one at least once a month--but I have been too busy lately. I get the all over massage. It takes about an hour, but I am so relaxed afterwards. I wear gym shorts, the place only allows you to disrobe to your underwear anyways. I get a male massager always too. I have had problem with my right foot lately. I think I might have plantar fascitis (sorry about the spelling) and my foot might be too tender to massage! My massage therapist that I try to book told me that many of his male clients do not like for him to massage their feet because some say they are too ticklish or feel uncomfortable about another guy touching their feet. I find it the most relaxing part of the massage though! I guess that and the temple!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 22, 2007 8:03 PM GMT
    Benignfun saidcost

    That's a fair statement, Benignfun. However, gay men will pay top dollar for a pair of jeans instead of taking care of their bodies. I figure that priorities need to be realigned for people to do things that are good for them.

    But, hey, I'm a Massage Therapist too, so I might be a wee bit biased.

    If cost is a factor, check to see who takes insurance if you it. Some Doctors know how to work the system for you so you can get massage for the cost of a co-pay.
    Or, look for a student or student clinic. There's usually away around the cost factor that doesn't involve compromising values or crossing ethic lines.
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    Dec 22, 2007 9:40 PM GMT
    In this town, things are different - but I suspect that in your case, it has more to do with generational prudishness than anything else.

    Kids in their teens and early 20's haven't become either sexually self-conscious or developed bad body-image problems.

    As you know, the occasional stiffie comes with the territory. A kid knows this and isn't concerned about it. The adults get embarrassed and think you will think they're looking for action.
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    Dec 22, 2007 10:19 PM GMT
    I guess some people get weird when their clothes are off. icon_eek.gif

    Personally I find a massage to be extremely therapeutic. I go to a really good (totally straight) massage therapist for deep-tissue work at least once every few weeks. It is the best for working out the kinks after hitting the gym really hard. Took me awhile to find the right therapist though--have had many massages and they vary tremendously.

    I'm very comfortable being naked, although he's professional and keeps most of my assets draped most of the time. He does tell me that gays are his best clients because they are more comfortable having another guy touch them, and they tend to have better hygiene too.

    As for the age issue, that's harder to explain--other than what Joey suggests. I also find that many men are less likely to make themselves a priority as they age, or else maybe they are only looking for a young hottie to give them the "less than professional" massages too...
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    Dec 22, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    getting a rubdown by another guy is quite fine with me even if he's a stranger. nothing sexual about it but i quite prefer attractive or decent guys. i've had a lot of guys offer massages (w/ license) that weren't hot and it has always led to unwanted sexual attention.
  • sinfakos

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    Dec 23, 2007 4:15 PM GMT
    I love getting a massage. My former long-distance boyfriend is a licensed masseur, and the last time I vacationed with him, last March, he gave me about 5 massages during the trip, and it relieved about 80-90% of the severe muscle pain I had been suffering. I had gone to my doctor and a muscle specialist and they prescribed pills that did little for my condition, which they said was related to my fibromyalgia. My boyfriend said the kind of massage he gave me was Swedish massage and reflexology.

    I've been considering seeing about receiving periodic massage, but cost is my main concern. It could be worth it, though. I should try it out.
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    Dec 23, 2007 5:58 PM GMT
    Well I think most young people think a massage is something for the wealth or older people.

    I never got a massage until I started working at a spa.