Massage Therapy and Body Image

Before I started my training in Saskatoon to become a Registered Massage Therapist, I was a regular client of massage therapy. I started receiving massage treatments when I was around 13 years old. The one thing I had a tough time getting over around this age was the insecurity I felt about my body image. I worried about any extra weight I was carrying, if my legs were unshaved, or what my RMT was looking at as I lie face down on her table. I always felt the need to apologize for the way my body looked. My massage therapist always assured me that I didn’t need to apologize for my body, and as a teenager, that meant a lot. She continuously did a great job of informing me what was going on with my muscles, how to improve some of those sore spots, and to always drink water. She always assured me that as long as I was doing what was healthy for my body, I was doing a great job taking care of it.

Fast forward to today, as a RMT, I now know what it is like to have clients apologize for their bodies. It’s completely unnecessary.

So no, I don’t care if you haven’t shaved your legs for 3 days (or 3 weeks). And no, you don’t need to be thinner or thicker for me to work on a certain body part. The way your body looks does not affect your massage. It’s my goal and passion to provide a safe space for clients where they don’t have to worry about judgement of any kind. Don’t apologize for your body. Instead, start loving and appreciating all the things it does for you and what you’re doing for your health by receiving massage therapy treatments.

Yours in Health,

Stephanie Taylor, RMT