About Massage?

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About Massage?

Postby Bare_Truth » Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:20 pm

Being nude is only a minor factor, but I gather that several members here have experience with massage and also "Therapeutic" Massage.

I sometimes get a bit achy and I can, when it gets pretty bad, get my wife to give me some massage, but she really does not like to, and she finds it somewhat difficult. So, I have considered seeking out a masseur or masseuse. But I do not really know what to expect such as:
-- How effective can it be?
-- For what things is it effective?
-- Does being a naturist without body shame problems help?
-- How does one, or should one inform the practitioner that one is a naturist? (I would not want to seem pervy.)
-- What should one have to pay?
-- What information would be useful to tell the practitioner
-- What variants of massage are useful or should one be cautious about:
-- -- Swedish?
-- -- Thai?
-- -- Rolfing?
-- -- Deep tissue?
-- -- etc. ???

I figure if I can become less ignorant about massage, I might be more likely to try it.

Plausibly, I might get my wife to try a "Couples massage", particularly if we are on vacation and pampering ourselves, although I am fairly sure that what she and I would like in a massage would be radically different.

Ok guys and gals, (especially gals because I would want to be able to sell my wife on this idea of a couples massage), fill me in with opinions and facts (please try to distinguish between those two at least a little). Please disperse my fog of ignorance on this matter.
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Re: About Massage?

Postby Larryk1052 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:09 pm

Bare_Truth wrote:-- How effective can it be?
Massage if done correctly can relieve muscle tension

-- For what things is it effective?
Tight muscles any where on the body

-- Does being a naturist without body shame problems help?
Only in that you wouldn't have a problem being nude during the massage.

-- How does one, or should one inform the practitioner that one is a naturist? (I would not want to seem pervy.)
I wouldn't share that on your first visit necessarily. As you talk with your therapist you'll know if it is appropriate or not to share that.

-- What should one have to pay?
You'll pay anywhere from 60 to 100 dollars depending on the length of time. I get a 90 minute and I pay 100.

-- What information would be useful to tell the practitioner
Tell them what hurts and what you want them to work on. I like my shoulders, legs and feet worked on.

-- What variants of massage are useful or should one be cautious about:
-- -- Swedish?
-- -- Thai?
-- -- Rolfing?
-- -- Deep tissue?
-- -- etc. ???
All are usefull. Thai is normally not done in the nude because of the stretching and body manipulations. Stay away from unlicensed massage "parlors". They offer services your wife would frown upon.

I have gotten a massage every month for the past several years and they are great for stress relief and muscle tension. Most massage therapists have no problem with the client being totally nude. You will be covered with a sheet and or blanket and the body will be uncovered where the the therapist is working on you. Swedish massage or some variant is the most common. Stay away from Asian massage parlors. Make sure your therapist is licensed.
Most massage therapist offer couple sessions where they will show both of you how to give each other a massage. Nothing erotic, just theraputic.
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Re: About Massage?

Postby jochanaan » Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:57 am

I've gotten lots of massages over the years. Some masseurs/masseuses are open to barter: I've had arrangements with a couple of therapists whereby I tuned their piano and they gave me a massage. Without exception, it has been a good experience for me. But maybe I've been blessed in my choice of therapists! :D (For some reason I've always had women massage therapists, although I have no objection to getting massaged by a man.)

What usually happens, unless (as I've experienced a couple of times) you get a massage at a nudist venue, is that the therapist will let you into the office where the massage table is, then leave while you're getting undressed and return when you've lain down and arranged the towel over your genitals. Some of the therapists have told me that some of their clients were shy about getting naked; one that I paid in barter was a trauma specialist. And most of them were at least open to the concept of nudism, although I was getting massages before I became a naturist.

Most of the massages I've had were some variant of Swedish massage. I've also had Shiatsu; it's fine and non-invasive, and nudity is not required. (Shiatsu practitioners do ask you to wear loose clothing.) As long as you don't find your "therapist" in the classifieds of a Village Voice-style paper, you'll probably find a reputable one. If there's a massage school in your area, that's a great place to start. Many of them even take clients. 8)

(The times I've had massages at nudist venues, I had to smile at a rule they told me about. It seems that massage therapists are not allowed to be naked with their naked clients, even at a nudist place! :roll:)
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Re: About Massage?

Postby Bare_Truth » Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:05 am

Larryk1052 wrote:.....
Stay away from Asian massage parlors. ....
I presume that you are here referring to the sexually oriented stuff, an of course I would stay away from that. But my daughter's childhood best friend, when she was travelling the world, and was in Thailand studied the techniques of Thai massage, (the "legitimate sort"), and there is nothing sexual about what she does or incompatible with her Christian outlook.

Larryk1052 wrote:..... Make sure your therapist is licensed.
Do all jurisdictions license masseurs/masseuses ?

Larryk1052 wrote:.....Most massage therapist offer couple sessions where they will show both of you how to give each other a massage. Nothing erotic, just theraputic.
That sounds excellent!, if we could get one that would provide such instruction. If for no other reason, my concept of massage technique and function seems far from my wife's perception of it.
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Re: About Massage?

Postby bn2bnude » Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:07 pm

You might also check out massage schools.

I knew a guy who was a student and needed to find people to practice on.
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Re: About Massage?

Postby natman » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:54 pm

bn2bnude wrote:You might also check out massage schools.

I knew a guy who was a student and needed to find people to practice on.


'Kind of like the the "dental student" I went to to get veneers done....



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Re: About Massage?

Postby Petros » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:58 pm

Check out also craniosacral therapy - often available from licensed massage people, since state regulators rarely distinguish. It is very non invasive, more stretching than pounding. Its understandings are in between massage and chiropractic [which is where it started], its practice much easier on the subject. Dress [except for shoes and belt removal] is not an issue.

We have had very good results from it.
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