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Getting a Massage When You’re Transgender

girl peacefully having a massage: text: getting a massage when you're transgenderMassage is for everybody – we all enjoy a session, and it’s great for stress levels. But – what if you’re transgender and not sure about the reaction you’ll get? Would you enjoy getting a massage when you’re transgender? Would you be relaxed?

Please don’t worry. Massage therapists honestly have seen it all, and we’ve said it all before. We don’t care about your body, your weight, how hairy you are, or whether you’re transgender.

All we want is for you – our lovely client – to enjoy a massage.

Some trans people report that they have had bad experiences with massage before. A therapist is misgendering some or sometimes feeling uncomfortable removing their clothes. Some transgender people are pressured to remove more of their clothes than they feel comfortable with.

We understand that you might feel a bit awkward – and not everyone is confident in their body; that applies to cis-gender people too. You might not know whether a massage center will accept you as a trans person. Will they be body-positive and trans-friendly?

We feel we’re privileged to be able to earn transgender people’s trust. When we massage you, we get that we see you at your most vulnerable, undressed, on your own, and maybe dealing with pain or an injury that’s upsetting you. We know that we need to work with you. We can help you feel relaxed enough to let the massage work for you. Like as we do to any of our valued clients. There’s no point in giving you a massage treatment that leaves you even more stressed out than when you booked it.

We’re very keen to ensure that the transgender community members are treated with respect and not unintentionally hurt by therapists who might make assumptions about them.

A Safe Place for Transgender

If you’re transgender and looking for a safe place to come for a massage, you are welcome here! Please know that:

  1. You don’t have to undress completely for a massage with us. Some of our massages can be carried out fully or partly clothed, and for any treatment that needs you to remove clothes, we expect you to keep your underwear on. We promise to respect your modesty and leave the room when you get dressed and undressed. And we give you blankets or sheets to cover the areas of your body that are not being worked on.
  2. We promise not to make any assumptions about you or your gender identity. And we won’t even mention it unless you do or you need to tell us something. Please tell us when you book how you identify, and we will make sure to treat you according to your preferences.
  3. If you’d prefer us not to work on any parts of your body, let us know before your massage. We were hoping you could leave us feeling fantastic, so we’ll tailor your treatment to your needs. Please give us as much or as little information as you’re comfortable with and lie back as we do the rest.

Give us a call and book your massage. You are very welcome here at the BMS office. Enjoy your session!

Brilliant Massage & Skin

Burlington, Vermont