It's so important to release that area! This would make buttock work quite difficult. I think your idea about the diagram in the consultation is brilliant so thanks for that. Just curious on this one. I make sure to include the glutes in any massage where the client indicated low back pain. Have a nice weekend everyone - with or without your towels, buttocks or other controversial bits. Many people's lower back pain would be greatly reduced if their glutes were released, among other benefits including relief of sciatic pain and many issues with the legs.
Never be afraid to speak up during your massage! This is a positive environment, we welcome everyone and their opinions, especially if they aren't the same as what others have already mentioned! I feel with remedial massage if you have a problem in and around the buttock area then you would expect treatment there, same sort of situation when you go to a physio. I think she may have done 1 demo right at the beginning of the course, but said we wouldn't be covering it on the course due to privacy of each student. Here in Virginia it's most common that a person will remove all of their clothing for a full body massage and will be draped with sheets, not towels. . We were trained to ask guys to wear briefs - you just can't stretch back shorts or boxers - and it is then easy to pull back the fabric to expose one glute at a time. Spas can offer a full-body massage in a of specialized formats. Hi there When I did my training at college the tutor did mention that normally the buttocks are included in swedish massage.
I'm disappointed if I get a therapist who doesn't know how to work on the muscles specifically and individually, particularly because I get a lot of gluteal pain from my lunge while working and from exercise. The massage was going great until Sam decided to stick his finger in her asshole. I always discuss abdominal massage before the massage, I'd rather not run into surprises during the treatment. However, if the client has specific lower back or hip problems, I always explain that it would be helpful for me to work the glutes. In a therapeutic massage, no part of the body is really inappropriate except genitals and breasts.
Post approval happens anywhere from 0-2 days normally. If the decision feels unjustified please talk with the mods about continuing to be apart of our community. All that being said, glutes are terribly important to have worked on! It seems to me that unless you find the right tutor you could have a problem - maybe it is the tutors enforcing their own opinions on their students, rather than following the sylabus! Even though it isn't required legally, I believe therapists should always ask or at least mention it. I can see that having no underwear on a client would make it easier to work on the top of the glutes - I've not really experimented with this though, and am used to using elastic waistband to anchor the drapes. Personally I would not want to put myself at risk.
Around 35% of the people I treat have problems in the gluteals and everyone who has a back massage gets their gluteals massaged and checked for problems. Can you give me your thoughts on this please, I'd be very grateful. I agree; I also wouldn't return to a massage therapist who asked me to wear shorts and who was too prudish to work on the glutes. The Rest Cure eventually fell out of favor, but the popularity of general massage greatly increased by the early 1900s and was considered part of good health. Although the therapist took no notice, it made her feel uneasy and therefore not relaxed. If there is a problem area that needs extra attention, such as a sore back or tight shoulders, request that the therapist spend more time focused on those trouble spots but the trade-off may be less time spent on other areas of the body.
If they just expose your whole back end and start rubbing your butt, that's not professional and it's anyone's guess whether they're trying to get you interested in a happy ending. In a therapeutic setting, the gluteal region no longer seems to be a sexual region. I have heard of a lot of stories from female therapist who have been asked to massage men. Not that it's your fault, they definitely should ask first. Plus, I work in a clinical environment, so I'll often discuss glute work as part of the proposed treatment before telling them how to get on the table.
Hi Deb What a ridiculous thing to state on a course that you would not be covering the gluteals! I myself would not feel comfortable about being asked to remove all my clothes for a massage, but that's me. Draping technique ensured we never glimpsed a nipple either. I found this thread most interesting because it differs so much from what I learned here in school. Pounds, which has a great section on draping. The therapist will begin with the back and shoulders before moving down the body. Her disappointment turns to joy when she realizes her step-son, Sam, is home and maybe he could give her a massage. Hello gntlhnds Welcome to the forum You will probably use a sheet over there because it is warmer, we have a short summer over here and you have to keep people warm or they tighten up and defeat the object of the treatment.
Although we will automatically perm ban if we feel the need. We learn Swedish Massage with some Deep Tissue and learn how to perform full body massages including the glutes undraped. Personally I would not expect anyone to be totally naked. Paul I have to say I agree that a back massage should include the glutes. When you are a female and working alone you have to be extremely careful.
I don't always do it as a matter of course, although, I do work much lower than I was taught. The only way we learn is from new experiences. It is ok to disagree and share opinions, but please stay mature about it, agree to disagree. Just know that any place with muscle tissue is part of the job. If so, does that mean that clients should have no underwear on? I assume that Deb has read the earlier thread on 'naked massage'. Another question related to this as well, do you ask the client if they want an abdominal massge at consultation, or do you automatically include it, or avoid it? A hot stone massage uses heated rocks placed along the body to relax tight muscles and allow the therapist to release pressure points. Hence to say she didn't go back.
I guess it's up to the individual therapist to do what they think best. Sometimes our work takes us close to those areas, but the touch should always feel purposeful and the draping manipulating the sheet or blanket should be deliberate. I'm sorry you were made uncomfortable. Hi there Been reading all your comments with interest. I personally have issues with my glutes and lateral rotators, and if a massage therapist was uncomfortable working on them, I would not want a massage from them.