I realize we have a record number of wonderful people going thru massage school at record speeds right now. Demand for talented, okay, at least proficient, massage therapists is at an all time high. This is one of the things than can go wrong with an undertrained, but certified, massage therapist. Got this question via email:
Seriously? My response:
A) I would ask, where did this CMT learn that technique? The only place I know of that may still teach this is Esalen Institute.
B) Your boss needs to be aware of the risk of this type of technique. Overall, if the rest of the massage had appropriate, secure draping then the CMT could be made aware of the risks and the appropriate glut draping technique used for a more professional session. Include the important point of: the sheet can be moved around the underwear, but as a massage professional we do not move underwear ‘out of the way’. All techniques can be performed OVER the clothing that the client has chosen to leave on. Clients choose to leave on certain articles of clothing for their own comfort level. A professional therapist, especially on the very first visit, must respect those decisions.
Hope this helps frame in the most professional draping techniques. Techniques that allow all clients to feel respected and fully enjoy their massage session.”
I decided to post this to remind readers of the importance of respecting our clients’ boundaries. Hold yourself to the highest ethical standards of our profession. By doing so we will bring out the best in ourselves and others.