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22 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Massage Therapist

Please stop asking for hand jobs, guys. It’s not going to happen.Posted on  Jul 28, 2017, 5:13:02 PM GMT

Hilary Mitchell

Hilary Mitchell

BuzzFeed Staff

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1. Never, ever call us a “masseuse” or “masseur”.

instagram.comThese French words were hijacked in the 1950s and quickly became a euphemism for sex work. To cut a long story short, we find the term a bit outdated. It’s a bit like calling a flight attendant a stewardess.

2. We absolutely don’t do sex stuff, so stop asking.

3. But patients sometimes get a bit “handsy” anyway.

4. We don’t care if you haven’t shaved.

5. Please don’t feel self-conscious about your weight.

Every person to us is really a collection of muscles and knots we need to work on. We’re not judging you, we just want to help make your body feel at its best.

6. We’re not too bothered by zits, either.

7. People assume it’s a very easy job, but it isn’t.

instagram.comIt’s incredibly physically demanding, especially if we work in a spa or somewhere else with back-to-back clients all day. Could you spend 10 consecutive hours on your feet while simultaneously doing a heavy-duty arm workout? No. So shush.

8. In fact, we wish we could massage ourselves.

9. It can be emotionally draining as well.

10. A lot of clients aren’t exactly fresh-smelling.

11. People fart all the time.

12. People moan and grunt. And yes, it’s awkward.

13. Then there are ones who “forget” their wallet.

14. We have to make sure our nails are super short.

instagram.comScratching a client is a serious no-no. We’re always chewing mints to make sure our breath doesn’t smell, too, and reapplying deodorant. If we smell even slightly, people complain, so we have to be squeaky clean and well-groomed at all times.

15. A little cut on our hand can ruin our whole week.

Instagram: @brandon291987We use our hands constantly, so a cut or a scratch is constantly being stretched and irritated. Plus the oils we use make the cut sting like hell. It’s no fun at all.

16. It’s not exactly a stable or reliable job.

17. Please just tell us if you don’t like something.

18. Our friends are always mooching for free massages.

19. And we spend way too much time doing laundry.

instagram.comThis is not why we went through three (or more) years of intensive training. But we do need to make sure our sheets and towels are fresh for each new client.

20. We sometimes uncover serious health complaints.

instagram.comPeople often come to us saying their doctor has dismissed their pain and told them to “learn to relax”, but occasionally we feel something troubling. Back pain can sometimes signal more serious issues, like lung problems, or even cancer. We always insist people go back to their doctor if we have any concerns.

21. People who don’t relax or sit still drive us crazy.

22. But at the end of the day, we love what we do.

This post was compiled with the help of a licensed massage therapist in Scotland with 12 years’ experience, and who currently runs their own business.

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