15 Massage Therapists Share Their Worst Customers So You Don't Make The Same Mistakes

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Massage therapists: vote up the worst customer stories you wouldn't want to deal with.

Getting a professional massage is a luxury everyone should get the chance to try. But you've got to remember that massage therapists are people, too and they're sharing their worst customer stories. These massage therapist horror stories should help you learn what not to do when getting a massage. 


  • 1
    53 VOTES

    They Had Intestinal Parasites They Didn't Know About

    From Redditor u/Khrielo:

    I was okay with pretty much anything when it came to give clients massages, but there was a day in which an older lady came in for a deep session. Most massages will start out with clients facedown, starting on their backs, and this was how I started mine. I was going through the motions and doing the usual routine when the client asked if I could work on her abdomen, Seeing as this was not an unusual request since females can have cramps down there and the massage we are taught can help tremendously, I included that in the routine. I knew right away something was wrong. As a massage therapist, after a couple of years, you develop a hypersensitivity to touch and can feel much more than a normal person. (This helps with finding deep knots and problem areas) This abdomen was unlike anything i had ever felt, It felt like a bunch of sphagetti but hard. I yelped and jumped back. I had felt it squirming under my hand. It had turned out, that the client had intestinal parasites, and she immediately went to the hospital after i had told her and underwent surgery to remove them. Basically I had saved her life, and that was the only good part about that day/week, never have i felt so grossed out.

    53 votes
  • 2
    51 VOTES

    They Left A Mess On The Table

    From Redditor u/papercranium:

    I came back to change the sheets after one client had gotten dressed and left, and found that he'd had some diarrhea on my table. Luckily our laundry service treats all our linens as biohazards anyway, but yuck.

    51 votes
  • 3
    46 VOTES

    They Propositioned The Massage therapist

    From Redditor u/Freakmo:

    My Mother has been a massage therapist for over 20 years. She's in her 50's, and she loves it.

    But when people inappropriately proposition her, she minds. One particularly troubling encounter was when she was massaging a friend's husband, and he thought it would be appropriate to ask for "favors."

    46 votes
  • 4
    37 VOTES

    They Wouldn't Stop Talking About Their Own Creepy Massage Business

    From Redditor u/tangelophile:

    I had a very eccentric (creepy) client who came into our clinic one day wanting a Tui Na massage (Type of Chinese Massage).

    We usually leave the room to let the clients strip down into underwear before we commence, but with this guy, I had no chance to get away. Before I had time to give him a towel he dropped his pants to reveal a sparkling blue G-string that barely kept everything in place. The guy was about 58, huge beer gut, grey hair, gold earring, and hairy like Robin Williams.

    As I started the massage, the guy started to tell me that he worked as a masseuse specializing in body slide massage. This is where the masseuse gets oiled up and rubs his body all over.

    The whole time I was massaging him he kept telling me that I was "really good with my hands". He also repeatedly told me how good he was at his job and plugged his business with a hinting tone. A very awkward session.

    37 votes
  • 5
    31 VOTES

    They Asked The Massage Therapist About Strange Growths And Pains

    From a former Redditor:

    People also expect you to be doctors. They show you strange growths, ask you about appendages going numb, or pains that are clearly not muscular and want you to tell them it's fine. When I say "You should see a doctor", the silence that follows is terrible. I feel them become tenser, and that makes me feel like I'm ruining their massage. At the same time I'M NOT A DOCTOR.

    31 votes
  • 6
    26 VOTES

    They Just Got A Spray Tan And It Ended Up Making A Huge Mess

    From Redditor u/LittleDinoBear:

    I'm a beauty therapist and do massage too. I once had a girl roughly the same age as me (20's) come in for a body massage. Whilst doing the massage I could see the oil looked weird, like a streaky brownish color. And it smelled weird, well, the client smelt weird. After the massage, we chatted for a bit and she mentioned that she'd spent the morning fake tanning herself! Looked at my hands and they looked like I had just dipped them in chocolate. So, so brown. I then had to explain to her that it wasn't the best idea to do that as she'd now be one big streaky mess. Tan fail.

    26 votes