FAQ

What Do You Need at Your Home For a Mobile Massage?

All you need to have is a space big enough for a massage table 30'' wide, 82'' long and enough room for the therapist to comfortably move around it (especially at the head an foot area). Outlets close by are a bonus! Chances are your massage therapist will need to plug in a table warmer, hot stones, diffuser or speaker during the session. 

We offer discounts to clients who provide their own equipment. You will get $5 off for providing your own massage table, $5 off if you provide your own lotion and $10 off if you provide both.

Do You Tip a Massage Therapist?

This is the most common question is the massage business. While the standard tip in North America is 20%, many massage therapists have been advocating to become recognized in the medical field. You wouldn't tip your doctor or nurse, so why tip your massage therapist? This decision is completely up to you and how you feel toward tipping. It isn't a bad idea to ask what your massage therapist prefers!

Do You Offer Discounts?

YES! We offer several discounts:

  • Senior Discount: $5 off.
  • Veteran Discount: $5 off.
  • Referral Discount: $10 off every time you refer someone to Tranquil Tiger.
  • Equipment Discounts: $5 off for providing either your own lotion or your own massage table or $10 off for both.

Should You Feel Soreness or Pain During a Massage?

It's a myth that any form of massage therapy (even deep tissue massage) must be painful to be effective. Pain during a massage isn't a sure sign that the massage is helping. In fact, pain can cause muscles to seize up, making it harder for the massage therapist to ease tense areas.

Certain techniques, like trigger point therapy, usually cause soreness. Correcting a soft tissue problem (such as adhesions, tight attachments, and trigger points) can also cause some discomfort. However, if you don't have a soft tissue condition, a massage shouldn't cause soreness or pain.

Open communication with your massage therapist is key to a massage that meets your needs. If you have an injury or chronically tight or painful areas, be sure that your therapist is aware of it before the start of the session. If the pressure is too intense, tell your massage therapist immediately so he or she can ease up.

How Much Clothing Should You Remove for a Massage?

Typically, a massage therapist will ask you to undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others prefer to be nude. It's up to you. Women usually remove their bras to allow the massage therapist to work on the back and shoulder area without getting massage oil or lotion on the bra.

If your problem area is your low back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting or large underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work. You can ask your massage therapist before getting changed.

The massage therapist will leave the room so that you can remove your clothing and lie on the massage table (usually face down) under the top sheet. In North America, you shouldn't worry that the massage therapist will walk in on you; they should knock and ask if you are ready before entering the massage room.

Should You Make Conversation During the Massage?

Although some people prefer to talk throughout the massage, don't feel like you have to make conversation with the massage therapist. After all, you're having a treatment; you're not at a cocktail party. Many people close their eyes and try to relax. Your massage therapist should take the cue from you.

Deep tissue massage and sports massage are just some of the types of massage that require more feedback. The massage therapist often works on deeper layers of muscle and will want to ensure that the pressure is comfortable.

Be sure to speak up during a massage if you:

  • Feel too hot or cold
  • Are in pain
  • Have any questions about the massage
  • Forgot to mention a health issue during the consultation

What If You Fall Asleep and Snore or Drool?

Falling asleep during a massage is very common. Many people go into a massage stressed and sleep-deprived and feel so relaxed that they fall asleep on the massage table. Your therapist won't judge you if you snore during the massage.

When you wake up, you may notice a little drool on your face or on the massage table. It's common and has to do with your positioning on the massage table. You don't have to do anything about it, but you should feel free to ask for a tissue.

What If You Have to Go to the Bathroom During Your Massage?

Going to the bathroom before the massage begins is ideal, but if you need to urinate during the massage, be sure to let the massage therapist know. Holding it for the duration of the massage isn't comfortable or conducive to relaxing.

If it happens at a spa, there is usually a robe that you can slip on to walk out to the restroom. In a medical setting or clinic, you'll likely have to put your clothes on to go.

What If You Get an Erection During Your Massage?

It's normal for men to sometimes get an erection during a non-sexual, therapeutic massage. There's no reason to be embarrassed if it happens to you. Gentle touch anywhere on the body can activate the body's parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in an erection. A professional massage therapist will understand that and simply ignore it.

What If You Are Ticklish?

Let your massage therapist know if you're ticklish before your massage begins. Usually, firm, slow pressure (and avoiding certain spots) can keep you from feeling ticklish during a massage.

What If You Need to Pass Gas?

From a massage therapist's perspective, it is far better to pass gas during the massage (often a sign that you're relaxed) than to clench your gluteal muscles during the massage to hold it in. Passing gas during a massage is normal and nothing to feel embarrassed about. If you're really uncomfortable doing it, you can always excuse yourself to go to the bathroom.

How Do You Determine Whether a Massage Clinic Is Legit?

If you're trying a new clinic or spa, it's a good idea to call first and ask these questions:

  • Do you offer therapeutic massage?
  • Is the massage therapist certified or licensed?
  • Do you require a health questionnaire for your clients?

A licensed massage therapist will not come into contact with your genitals or nipples during the massage.

Can I drink alcohol before a massage?

Massage is relaxing. Drinking can be relaxing, too. But drinking and massage don’t mix well, for a number of reasons. Remember: first massage, then alcohol — never vice versa.

Can massage treat tinnitus?

People with tinnitus hear constant sounds when none actually exist, usually ringing or buzzing. Massage can help ease tightness and stiffness in the neck and jaw muscles — one of the causes of tinnitus.

Can I get a massage while pregnant?

Massage during pregnancy — commonly called prenatal massage — is a great way to ease the aches and pains of carrying a baby. That said, take precautions. Make sure your massage therapist is certified and experienced with pregnancy massage, don’t use a massage table with a hole for the belly, and check with your doctor first.

I have acne. Will massage oils clog my pores?

Some massage oils can indeed block pores. But others are non-comedogenic, meaning that you can use them at will even with pimples. There are other non-oil options for massages that you might prefer as well.

Can massage help me lose weight?

Massage obviously isn’t a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, but it can lower levels of cortisol, the stress-eating hormone. High levels of cortisol make weight gain more likely. So in effect, yes, massage can help you on your weight loss journey.

Can massages help headaches and migraines?

Getting rid of headaches doesn’t have to mean taking pills. Massage is just one natural remedy that can cure your headaches and even migraines.