Rogue Massage Critics
On a recent visit with family in South Florida, we received wonderful treatments at two facilities. We didn’t tell our practitioners upfront that we are bodyworkers.
When I receive bodywork, I don’t want to chat about work or anything else. I want my practitioner to focus on my needs for the session, just as they would with any other client.
On a hot, sunny April day in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, I emerged from a delicious massage with Chani of Inner Scape Massage. Chani was chatting with Chris who’d had a treatment with her before me. Chani said with a smile, “You’re like the rogue restaurant critics.” Chris added, “I outed us.”
We laughed. Still, it reminded me that I prefer to avoid introducing even the possibility that a practitioner will feel self-conscious about working on another professional.
Sometimes I tell other practitioners what I do before my treatment. Certainly, if the help I seek is work-related or if the practitioner asks what I do for work, I answer honestly.
But am I being fair on those occasions when I don’t share my work until afterward or at all? Is there a reason to disclose in advance what I do? What do you think?