These are submissions I have gathered from precise massage purchasers across the region. (The stories have only been a bit edited and the names are true). 

We can all learn from these purchasers who had bad ordeals and never give a client an prospect to repeat these situations. Even if you Think you never do this…consider any similarities in what you could do or what a client could working experience from your session. The most vital take-away stage is that in most of these situations the client explained to me they didn’t complain about it at the end for the reason that possibly they felt it wouldn’t support or they were much too embarrassed to say something. Hmmm… assume about it: which of your purchasers have never appear back again and you never know why?

Horror Story #one. 
Setting: Beautiful, elite working day spa, 
Knowledge: “I was possessing a good massage by “Sam” and recognized that at periods he was only employing one particular hand to massage. Then I would listen to what sounded like his “flip” mobile telephone closing. Yep, I was right, he was text messaging someone whilst supplying me a massage! 

I didn’t want to be the one particular who ratted him out. So, I explained to my nail tech who is effective at the similar working day spa and she knowledgeable the owner. Needless to say, “Sam” would not do the job there any more. It can be a true shame. He is pretty gifted and can study a restricted muscle like handful of other folks. 

I uncovered afterwards, that at the time of my massage, “Sam” was on probation for the reason that a different client had complained. Which is why he was let go–for the reason that he was warned, but stored texting.” Gretchen Anderson Publicist, Boise, Idaho

Horror Story #two. 
Setting: New Age Overall health Spa in Neversink, N.Y.
Knowledge: “I lay on the desk waiting around and the massage therapist arrived into the space late by a handful of minutes. (quite a few minutes extra than just the “I will stage out of the space whilst you modify …”)

She had remaining me in a cold space with just a towel and sheet … no other props. The space was not even really a massage space … seemed extra like a classroom with a desk in it. The therapist was sporting jangly bracelets, slapped cold, runny lotion on me and rubbed me in no certain, therapeutic way. First an arm … then an opposite leg … just willy-nilly. With twenty minutes nonetheless remaining to go for my hour session, she explained, “it really is not pretty time but you might be done.” (The audacity of that nonetheless blows me away!) 

I compensated for an hour massage. And, yes I was done. I had to wipe off all the sticky damp lotion with the towel. Ugh. And, never at any time stepped foot in that spa all over again. 

It was 8 several years back and my new boyfriend (now husband) so proudly took me there … so I never complained …if it had been nowadays I most unquestionably would have.” 
Debbie Phillips, Lifestyle and Govt Coach, Martha’s Vineyard, MA 

Horror Story #3 & four. (Very poor female had two bad ordeals!) 
Setting: High-end spa in Carmel, CA.
Knowledge: “The spa was constantly really good at creating an environment that was calm and stress-free – one particular of these areas wherever you truly feel your cares melt away as soon as you wander as a result of the doorway. I was led to the space and stripped down, acquired less than the sheet, and the therapist entered and talked with me a small bit about what I was seeking to accomplish. 

The procedure begun as ordinary, but then she begun speaking and wouldn’t prevent. I uncovered about her marriage breaking up, her new boyfriend, why she moved to the area, her heritage of abuse… I’d tried out carefully telling her I appreciated her stories, but I wanted to chill out and would respect a peaceful environment. She would silent down for a small whilst, but then would pipe up all over again and start chattering about a thing else. 

Somewhat than possessing the working experience be stress-free and calming, I uncovered myself irritated and agitated… and extra stressed than when I at first walked in! Because I had asked her to prevent, and she didn’t, I could’ve gone to the supervisor, but on some degree I felt bad for her. Will I go back again? Nope. I never did, for the reason that I didn’t want to probability operating into her all over again. It was just much too awkward an working experience.” 
And her 2nd horror story…

Horror Story #four. 

Setting: A location that provides massage students their initial gig out of college. Knowledge: “I have been to them a handful of periods in the previous. My therapist led me to the space and instructed me to disrobe, which I did. 

At the time I was possessing an outbreak of psoriasis, which I outlined on my intake kind. Psoriasis is an car-immune dysfunction that can result in dry, purple patches of pores and skin on the physique, but I have had a good deal of remedies and never had any concern with it. My therapist entered the space and asked what I wanted to concentration on, but when she pulled back again the sheet, she begun freaking out when she observed I had some purple splotches on my leg. 

She was backed against the doorway asking me if it was contagious, and so forth, and so forth, and wouldn’t touch me, then took off out of the space. I was humiliated. I acquired dressed and went to the entrance. The female at the desk was apologetic, but I had practically nothing to say. I just wanted to get out of there as speedy as I could. Alternatively I termed a different of their spots and explained to them what happened, and asked them if they would be willing to take me in. They explained they would, and discounted my company, which I considered was good, thinking of it was not even their area that introduced the concern. Just after that incident, I didn’t go back again to any of their spots.”
Carly Milne, Los Angeles, CA. Journalist. 

Horror Story #five.
Setting: Hotel Spa (a pretty ritzy hotel in NYC — wall avenue area)

Knowledge: “This was my initial — and unquestionably my last.
My enterprise affiliate and I booked massages at the hotel. They didn’t have more than enough massage therapists obtainable so I had to wait around for my friend to end then I would go in. The sitting area was at ease — journals, candles, and tender tunes. The therapist took my friend initial. About 50 minutes afterwards my friend arrived out and had a pretty funny face on her. She explained “Your convert and I can’t wait around to listen to your reaction”. I have had 100’s of massages very good, bad, and terrible on the other hand what I was about to working experience was … so strange and so funky!

At initial, every thing is heading ‘normal’ and I am stress-free and sensation very good. About 35 minutes into the session I listen to her pull a thing from less than the desk. Her hand is on my leg. I am contemplating she is receiving some oil or a thing. No major offer. 

The upcoming issue she does also didn’t shock me — I’d knowledgeable a thing related in Spain. She climbed on the desk and straddled me massaging my back again. (Editor’s Take note: It is constantly finest to inquire before you mount!)

But the upcoming issue… blew me away. She sits on me..buttock to buttock and LIES DOWN ON ME and starts shimming and shaking and employing the heels of her toes on my back again. Think someone convulsing on my back again. I yelled “What the hell are you doing?” “Get the (blank) off of me!” She did and explained this was ordinary in her massage. I explained to her that was not ordinary! 

I promptly put on my clothes, walked out, and my affiliate (who was a timid type) explained “I am so happy you are sensation that way – I didn’t know what to do?” 

I went to the hotel supervisor and explained to him about the massage I had just had at his spa. Luckily his face blanched. He proceeded to uncover that the massage therapist was new — pretty new — this was her initial working day and that other individuals has pointed out her strange session. I was dumbfounded that individuals acknowledged her ‘massage’.

Even though the hotel refunded our money and gave us a no cost meal alongside with a hand prepared apology letter from the supervisor, I have never been back again to the hotel. It is uncertain I will go back again to any location that never checks their massage therapists initial.” 

Pegine Echevarria, Speaker/Writer, Ponte Vedra Seaside, FL

Horror Story #6 & 7. 
(Once again, a different female who regretably had two horror stories much too!)
Setting: Bali, Thai massages at a neighborhood working day spa. 

Knowledge: “Thai massage is one particular of my most loved sorts of massage and I was really seeking forward to it immediately after a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Indonesia. I will never neglect the two hours of distress I endured in at the fingers of an inexperienced massage therapist with the WORST physique odor at any time. I assume I broke a report in holding my breath! I was so centered on finding resourceful approaches to bury my nose in the pillow without having passing out that I hardly recognized the bodywork. All I did notice was the wall clock that couldn’t tick speedy more than enough.”

Horror Story #7:
Setting: Nidah Spa inside the Eldorado Lodge in Santa Fe. 

Knowledge: “I booked the signature Turquoise massage. Alternatively of hot stones, the procedure employed chunks of turquoise to offer the strain to the back again. It sounded exotic and form of mystical. Problems was, the therapist employed WAY much too considerably oil on my back again. Turquoise nuggets were sliding Just about everywhere and dropping to the floor, whilst the rivulets of oil dripping from my drenched hair and nape ran into my eyes and nostrils. 

The therapist also COUNTED the # of strokes on each physique component! How do I know? I counted alongside with her…up and down 6 periods on the reduced right leg, circled the knee cap 3 periods, 6 periods up and down the right thigh. Circle the knee cap all over again and repeat the motion on the other leg. Exact same schedule on the arms, and then she flipped me about and recurring the full choreography.” 

Rada K. Tierney. Communications, Phoenix, AZ

Horror story #8:
Setting: Calistoga, wine region of California

Knowledge: “My friend Eva and I were the only purchasers at the inn that working day. My therapist, named Sun Bear was a sloppily dressed guy with greasy prolonged hair. The space was freezing and austere. Sun Bear put on a little space heater and I acquired up on to the desk. His moist, clammy fingers commenced operating my back again. As the massage went on, the space acquired colder and I commenced to freeze up. “Please convert up the heat”, I explained. He grunted and did so. It had no effect. I acquired colder and extra not comfortable as the massage went on whilst his fingers, inexplicably, acquired clammier and damper. He was repulsive! (On some degree there requirements to be a convenience degree with the particular person whose fingers are on your physique, and there was none current here.)

Toward the middle of the hour I felt extra like I was enduring this torment relatively than experiencing something, and I begun to truly feel resentful that I would have to shell out for it. I asked him all over again to convert up the heat but he whiningly explained this was as hot as it acquired. It was the only massage working experience I have had that had me counting the minutes until eventually it was about. By the time my hour was up I couldn’t wait around to get out of there and put my apparel back again on. I was shivering! Freezing cold and sore, also grossed-out by the inept abilities and petulant angle of Sun Bear. He shot me a dirty glance when I neglected to give him a idea. 

Normal much too-good female that I am, I didn’t even complain. I gathered my friend, who’d had a correctly suitable massage with a different therapist, and we acquired the hell out of there. Jumping into the jacuzzi at a different spa afterwards on was pure bliss, as I tried out to heat my physique and thrust the horrible working experience out of my brain. 

Yes, I need to have gone right up to the desk and explained that I’d had an really sub-par working experience and would have to have some form of compensation if I were to at any time return. But I didn’t and I have constantly regretted it.” 

Julie Tilsner, mother of two, Los Angeles, CA. 

Once again people, as a group of nicely-that means massage therapists, let us not enable heritage to repeat by itself! As was established here, purchasers most typically will not convey to you to your face they are unhappy with their massage from you, and you will never know why. Very best case scenario, they just will not appear back again. Worse case- they will convey to every person they know as nicely as to writers like myself to convey to the globe! http://www.successfulmassagetherapist.org/community/45.cfm



Resource by Irene Diamond