I just finished up with a new massage client. She said something that I've never heard during a massage treatment before. She said, "I bet I'm the FLATTEST person you've worked on!" I paused for a moment to grasp if I heard her correctly, imagining what she meant by that ... do you mean you lay really flat on the table? So I asked her, "flattest?" and she said, "Yes, I have no bosom!" I had to laugh.
What funny things go through our minds.
The usual massage client comment is, "Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to shave my legs today." Which also makes me laugh. That is SO FAR from what goes through our minds - whether you shaved your legs - or what size or shape of body you have.
What I hear from this is how self-conscious we are about our bodies.
For the record, breasts stay covered during a massage. But when she turned over, I bet she felt "exposed", even though she wasn't, and worried that I would spot her perceived inadequacies.
It also makes me wonder how many people don't go in for a massage or other spa treatment because of their body issues - or face issues for a facial.
I have had people tell me they didn't want to get a facial just yet because their face was breaking out! I guess we have a long way to go in educating the public about professional spa services. For the record, again, a good facial should not break you out or cause your acne to worsen. In fact, it will help speed the healing of breakouts. Your talented and experienced Esthetician can guide you toward daily home care products that will help clear your skin.
Well, I'm glad that the "flat" person went through with receiving her massage and I hoped she felt better afterward. I don't know what I can do to help inspire body confidence, but please know that whatever your body - fat, skinny, tall, short, fit, not so fit, old, or young - everyBODY can benefit from regular spa treatments!
Love yourself - no matter what the form your body is taking at this moment!