Swedish Massage for Men vs. Women

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Giving a Swedish massage for a man definitely varies in some capacities compared to giving one to a woman. Understand the different styles with tips from a professional massage therapist in this free video on Swedish massage for men and women.

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Hi, I'm Gretchen Rivas with Relax! Massage Therapy, and today we're going to talk about Swedish massage for men versus women. The main difference between men and women when it comes to massage is oftentimes musculature, body hair and draping. When you're working with the woman, you want to make sure that you drape them properly; if you're working on the frontal area with a man, you can just work on the chest, you know, you go over the chest, no problem there. Whenever you're working with a woman, you know, you always want to use a breast drape of some sort and protect their modesty and that's important in that. Well, the other thing that is different when you're working on a man versus a woman is that men are usually have a lot more body hair and so, that requires even more lotion or more oil depending on how hairy they are. And you just have to drape them accordingly and check in and make sure you're not pulling on it. And the other thing that's different too between men and women oftentimes is the musculature. Men typically are more muscle, muscular than women are, and so the techniques for the work might differ a little bit, you may have to go a little bit deeper and use a little bit more pressure. But, those are the main differences between men and women.

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