Choosing a massage therapist…Male or Female? Posted on May 5, 2012 by Abe Reply Thought I would throw in my two bits after I visited this issue on another site, About.com Spas, the article titled “Choosing a Massage therapist:Male or Female” This site went on to solicit comments on the subject.Which I encourage you to view. Sorry to say, but as human beings we have a long way to go in terms of evolution. I have practiced massage for over 20 years. In that time I have experienced so much prejudice as a male therapist. It’s kinda funny, the views some, if not many have, who project their own problems and fears on to the therapist. That’s not to say that some abuses have not taken place. No doubt. In our society abuse is ever present, in many forms, much of it inflicted by men unto women. As such, men are not trusted with touch and many people cannot accept a man as being nurturing. In my case I avoided much of this perceptual problem by highlighting my service offerings as medical, working on injury, keeping it scientific. Indeed to survive as a Massage therapist, my skills developed along those lines. For massage to really work well both parties have to feel comfortable. For that to happen there must exist some degree of trust. The bottom line is, be it male of female therapist, the massage can be no better than what both parties bring to the table, so to speak.