Monday, September 12, 2011

Massage Monday : jewelry

Welcome to this weeks Massage Monday!  ...and thank you for visiting my blog!

Today we're going to talk about jewelry, and it's place in a massage.  

Some jewelry that is worn everyday, like a wedding band or a watch, becomes second nature.  It doesn't feel like jewelry anymore, it's just a part of who you are.  It's quite common that a person doesn't even realize they could (or should) have taken it off until I'm massaging their wrist...or hand...or neck. 

Remember, this is your massage - you are in control.  You should be comfortable.  If you are more comfortable keeping your jewelry on, then by all means, keep it on.  Keep in mind that your jewelry might hinder parts of the massage and it will most likely get lotion/oil/cream all over it.  

Not all jewelry gets in the way, but I would recommend taking it all off.  So what's okay and what isn't?


If they are small, there is no need to take them off.  Some therapists (myself included) will massage your ears, but unless you're getting reflexology, it's very brief.  If you prefer long, dangly earrings or big hoops, please take them off.  They are just going to get in the way.  While your therapist will try their best to avoid them, the chance of getting lotion/oil on them is high and if they're delicate they could break.


These really are in the way.  It will completely disrupt the flow of the massage when working on the arms and hands.  Again, this is completely up to your discretion - it's your massage, but I would recommend against keeping these on.


These, too, are a hindrance in a massage.  They get in the way of neck work.  They will get lotion/oil on them, and, again, if they are delicate, there is a chance they could be broken.  It makes neck work more difficult on the therapist.  In addition to having to work around the necklace, the therapist will also have to be mindful of pulling the necklace so it doesn't rest against your throat.


If your issues are your hands, these are in the way.  Otherwise, they are pretty easy to work around.  If you are worried about lotion/oil 'gunking' them up, you're best bet is to remove them.  While it will halt the flow of the massage on the hand, unless you're getting reflexology, the work on the hand is generally limited.

So there you have it.  All in all, I'd say jewelry is best taken off in a massage.

What do you think?  Do you prefer to keep jewelry on or take it off during a massage?  Why or why not?  

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