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  • Writer's pictureCelisa Ellis

Massage Hesitation Is Normal

There are many reasons people might be hesitant to get a massage. They can include:


  1. Personal Comfort: Some individuals may feel uncomfortable with the idea of being touched by a stranger, which can lead to feelings of vulnerability or unease.

  2. Body Image Concerns: Concerns about body image or self-consciousness about physical appearance can make the thought of disrobing or being partially undressed during a massage anxiety-inducing.

  3. Privacy and Modesty: The need to undress and the perceived lack of privacy can make some people hesitant. They may worry about how much they need to undress or feel uncomfortable with the level of exposure.

  4. Past Trauma: Those who have experienced physical or sexual trauma may find the prospect of a massage distressing or triggering.

  5. Pain and Discomfort: Fear of potential pain or discomfort during the massage, especially if they have a low pain threshold or previous negative experiences with massages.

  6. Medical Concerns: Some individuals with specific medical conditions may be unsure if massage therapy is safe for them, leading to hesitation.

  7. Cost: The expense associated with professional massages can be a deterrent, as regular sessions can be costly.

  8. Unfamiliarity: Lack of knowledge about what to expect during a massage session can lead to anxiety and hesitation.

  9. Cultural or Religious Beliefs: Certain cultural or religious beliefs might discourage or prohibit physical touch by strangers, especially of the opposite gender.

  10. Fear of Judgment: Worries about being judged by the massage therapist for body shape, hygiene, or other personal aspects can make someone hesitant.

  11. Misconceptions: Some people may have misconceptions about massages, associating them solely with luxury rather than therapeutic benefits, or believing they are not suitable for them.


Understanding these concerns and addressing them with sensitivity and information can help alleviate hesitations and encourage a more positive outlook on massage therapy.


At ProMassage Integrative Health Solutions, we provide a holistic approach using non-invasive therapies to help the body heal itself, while educating our clients on maintenance and a sense of wellbeing. We work with you, at your comfort level, and always encourage communication. If you have questions or concerns, never hesitate to ask your therapist or any of the staff here.

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