October 29, 2015 Erin Hall

Too Ticklish for Massage Therapy?

If you’ve avoided getting a therapeutic massage because of the fear that you’ll get tickled, you’re not alone. Many people have this concern, especially when they haven’t had a massage before. 

In this article, we’ll reassure these fears and show you why you shouldn’t worry about being ticklish when you get a massage.

are massages ticklish?

Think You’re Too Ticklish for Massage?

If you’ve never had a professional therapeutic massage before, you may be wondering what to expect. Often people wonder if the massage will be ticklish. 

With very rare exceptions, massage therapy is not ticklish. The extensive training licensed massage therapists get ensures that clients won’t fall into giggle fits on the massage table. 

 are massages ticklish?

But my feet are ticklish!

This is the most common area clients worry about being tickled during a massage. But often, by the time a therapist begins working on the client’s feet, the client is completely relaxed, and they’re often surprised to find they are not ticklish at all. 

If working directly on the feet is still too much, there are ways around this. Sometimes the massage therapist can wrap the clients’ feet with the sheet or drape on the table and work through the sheet. This lets the therapist work the tight muscles and tendons on the bottoms of the feet without it feeling ticklish. 

Related: Can You Do Chair Massages on Legs & Feet?


So what does a massage feel like? 

A good therapist knows how to give a great massage that works out muscles knots, trigger points, and other tight areas. If anything, a massage might feel closer to the physical discomfort of a hard workout. 

Massages shouldn’t hurt, but they’ll often feel more on the pain side of things than the ticklish side of things. 

Related: Do Massages Hurt?


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