September 13, 2014
Just wondering....I have a client who I am practicing all of these great techniques on (i'm signed up for the complete thai massage course)...anyway, he wears gym shorts/t-shirt...how long does it take to get comfortable with the placement of my feet to his legs or lets say when I practice the hip stretches and if something happens to show...should I just ask him to wear gym pants?? I'm trying to figure out a way to ask him without it being embarrassing for him or I. Any tips? And does this even make sense?
Thanks so much! I am enjoying the course.
Hi Shannon, I can tell you what most Thai Massage shops do here in Thailand. They keep a stack of simple, loose cotton pants and cotton shirts around and they just hand them to every client and ask them to change.
Here is how I always handle this. If I see that a client is dressed in a way which is not comfortable or practical for Thai Massage, I give them either pants or a T-shirt or both and tell them that this will be more comfortable for them.
Sometimes I explain that it works better to work through clothing than on the skin. That's when they wear too skimpy clothes. I really do prefer my clients to wear long pants and a T-shirt that covers the shoulders.
If they wear some slippery polyester material I explain that this does not allow me a good grip. If they wear shirts with buttons I explain that the buttons will get in the way of the massage.
These are all ways to get clients to change into the kind of clothing which you want them to wear for your session. I never had anyone who objected or felt funny about such a request.
Most clients show up in appropriate clothing in my experience. But for those who do not I keep some clothes around for them to change into.
September 13, 2014
Thanks for the input...I will put these tips to use this week. On another note, even though I'm watching the videos multiple times, I'm always amazed at what sticks in my head as far as the techniques go. I'll watch the video again and say...'oh yeah i forgot about that one, i'll have to remember to try it next time'
It's not that I'm trying to memorize each technique, just that for the people I practice on, I'd like to try different things without seeming like it's my first rodeo. But of course I know it'll take years for it to flow naturally. Gotta be more patient with myself!!