Red flags to watch out for during a massage session

On Behalf of | May 2, 2024 | Other Sexual Abuse

Massage therapy can be an excellent way to unwind and relieve muscle tension. But there are instances where a touch from your massage therapist may leave you feeling off and uncomfortable.

What constitutes inappropriate touching during a massage?

A massage therapist should only touch areas of your body related to your treatment plan. This typically excludes your private area, breasts and buttocks. A massage should never feel sexual in nature, and you must watch out for these actions:

  • The therapist focuses on erogenous zones like private areas such as your breasts (for females) and inner thighs, even if you did not request treatment for those areas.
  • The therapist makes suggestive comments or asks inappropriate questions about your personal life.
  • The therapist uses excessive force or applies oil in a way that is intrusive or uncomfortable.
  • You feel pressured to remove more clothing than necessary for the massage.

If you feel violated or uncomfortable during massage therapy, you may stop the session and speak with the manager.

Can I file a complaint?

Sexual assault can be traumatizing, and if you think you experienced sexual assault at the hands of a massage therapist, you may contact the police and file a report. You may feel embarrassed or ashamed, but reporting this to the proper authorities or legal professionals can hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

You may also seek support from organizations that offer counseling to survivors of sexual assault. A massage therapist provides service, and you have the right to feel safe and respected throughout the session. Do not hesitate to speak up and seek help.