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Preventing and Avoiding Sexual Advances During Spa and Massage Sessions

Preventing and Avoiding Sexual Advances During Spa and Massage Sessions

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Massage is by nature an intimate and pleasurable experience but is not intended to sexually gratify a person. Some spa and massage therapies require the client to be semi-nude and sometimes naked. Even in the most professional setting the massage/ spa professional is exposed to being vulnerable to temptations which might lead to awkward situations. We can combine several of the pointers mentioned and act with due diligence. Practitioners in the spa, massage and wellness industry should perform their tasks that only true and unadulterated professionals do.
Massage is by nature an intimate and pleasurable experience but is not intended to sexually gratify a person. Some spa and massage therapies require the client to be semi-nude and sometimes naked. Even in the most professional setting the massage/ spa professional is exposed to being vulnerable to temptations which might lead to awkward situations. We can combine several of the pointers mentioned and act with due diligence. Practitioners in the spa, massage and wellness industry should perform their tasks that only true and unadulterated professionals do.

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Preventing/Avoiding Sexual Advances in A Massage/Spa Setting50+ Ways of Handling Client AdvancesByyunesa@yahoo.com1Updated 2/27/2009
Preventing/Avoiding Sexual Advances during a Spa or Massage Session“50+ Ways of Handling Client Advances”by Eunicewww.yunesa.blogspot.com This article/report is not an all encompassing, everything-in-it method of preventing or avoiding sexualadvances in a spa or massage session. The methods and ways described herein are intended to atleast minimize, if not totally eradicate a common malaise of our industry, having to deal with “sexuallycharged” clients. Like anything else in life, there are no guarantees and the practitioner is cautionedto use their own judgment about their individual circumstances and act professionally andaccordingly. Trusting one’s guts and intuition may prove life-saving in some cases. As in all mywritings, it is presented in a contemporary style to address mainly the practitioners and spa, massageclinic and wellness center owners or operators and a minority of the inquiring public.Let me be clear that there is no one way to totally avoid sexual advances or offers of such. Massageis by nature an intimate and pleasurable experience but it is not intended to sexually gratify a person.Some spa and massage therapies require the client to be semi-nude and sometimes naked. Even inthe most professional setting the massage/ spa professional is exposed to being vulnerable totemptations which might lead to awkward situations. We can combine several of the pointersmentioned and act with due diligence. Practitioners in the spa, massage and wellness industry shouldperform their tasks that only true and unadulterated professionals do.Recently, I have been asked again a truly valid question, one relating to handling clients who aretaking advantage of their practitioner (whether this is a spa therapist or massage therapist). There aresome ways of handling this, but let us first take into account what one validates (on a professionalperspective) as “taking advantage or inappropriateness” means. Ano ba talaga ang maco-considernating inappropriate? These are some examples (and by far, not a complete one) of inappropriatebehaviors:1. When approached or asked by a client or practitioner requesting any sexual contact of anykind.
 
Preventing/Avoiding Sexual Advances in A Massage/Spa Setting50+ Ways of Handling Client AdvancesByyunesa@yahoo.com2Updated 2/27/2009
2. When a client is trying to touch the practitioner inappropriately or the client asks to be touchedin private areas including but is not limited to the genitalia.3. Asking the practitioner to do something sexual apart from professional massage/spa therapy.4. Making direct and/or indirect movements and comments that make it uneasy for thepractitioner to work professionally and proceed with the session.How do you, as a professional, handle these types of clients? These are just some tips and pointersin handling these types of clients, how to prevent sexual harassment during a session, settingboundaries and how to free yourself from being perceived as a prostitute instead of a real, honest-to-goodness” spa or massage professional. I said some as you can adjust the pointers listed heredepending on your specific condition. I am aware that there might be many questions and acombination of answers out there and we are at our liberty to implement these pointers as befits us:1. Most of the time, simple statements like “I cannot perform more than just massage orprofessional therapy because I love my job” or “The only extra service we provide is a smileand a hot cup of ginger tea (called Salabat in the Philippines) or rice tea, which would youprefer?” or “if you cannot respect me in this way, I would be forced to terminate the sessionand you will be charged in full sir/ma’am _______ (the client’s name).” Always address themwith sir or ma’am, so even in addressing clients you have already set your boundaries. Nevercall them just by their first name or nick name. Overly sexual comments and requests orsuggestions of the client should be handled by comments such as “we only provideprofessional therapies and anymore of those comments and requests will force me to stop thissession immediately and you will be charged in full price”. These statements should bememorized and taken to heart by the practitioner.2. Your establishment should have a clear and strict work ethics and guidelines which are to beimplemented not just written- again, these ethical guidelines should be implemented allthroughout the rank and file including management. No exceptions. An example of this rulesand regulations: sexual advances towards clients by any employee will not be tolerated.Immediate termination of employee/s will follow any complaint that is investigated and wherelegitimacy of the claim is determined.
 
Preventing/Avoiding Sexual Advances in A Massage/Spa Setting50+ Ways of Handling Client AdvancesByyunesa@yahoo.com3Updated 2/27/2009
3. In cases that you cannot control or your safety as a practitioner is being compromised, you canend the session immediately and ask the client to dress up and pay for the session and then toleave the premises. The client’s name should be entered into the prohibited client database toprevent any subsequent appointments being made by the client. Likewise, if you are the client,tell your therapist that you are only interested in professional massage, nothing more.4. Move out of the room and should not return until the client/guest has departed the premises.5. Any sexual contact and indulgences between a client and a staff is equivalent to being fired onthe job.6. Create an environment that is conducive to a healthy, relaxing and satisfying experience forthe client. Examples: do not display or post nude and sexually explicit photos, displays, etc.inside your spa, massage clinic or wellness center; if your spa has a video or movie lounge donot include videos that are rated X.7. Never ever include any sexually appealing advertisements for your establishment or practice. Ihave seen ads that goes something like “young, pretty, sexy, discrete masseuse for hire”,“presentable, class A, awesome beauty, flawless, available for stag party”. Words such assexy, hot, macho, meztisa, irresistible, heartthrob, etc. should not be used at all costs. Haynaku, ang ipinagtataka ko lang, why is it important to be sexy and with awesome beauty? Is itnot enough to be decent, clean looking and professional? So, if you want to be taken seriouslyin your practice, never ever- and I say it again, never advertise like those mentioned above.8. It should be stipulated in the employee’s manual that therapists are not allowed to date or tohave any other external physical relationships with any client while that person is a client ofyour respective spa, massage clinic or establishment until after a period of six months sincethe client received the last service. Definitely, NO dating with clients. As a practitioner, you arenot there to look for a boyfriend, you are on the job to make a living and not be looked downupon.9. The room should never be too darkly lit. To be technical about it, under Philippine laws, in PD856 Chapter XII Section 5.4.1 states a room shall be provided with illumination to permiteffective inspection and cleaning in accordance with the DOH (Department of Health) generalillumination standards. The massage room shall be provided with a minimum of 10 foot-candleor kilowatts (107.6 lux) have a minimum while a sauna bath room should be provided aminimum of 5 foot-candle or kilowatts (53.8 lux) illumination. In 5.4.2. All lightings shall bereasonably free from glare and distributed so as to avoid shadows. But if you will ask me, I

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