So what are your thoughts? Today I was at a massage place near me that is quite upmarket, think members lounge, herbal teas, tablets to browse on and so on. A young girl who I guess was about 10-12 came out of a room after having a massage with a male masseuse. First thoughts were 'no way I'd let my daughter have a massage at that age.' Then I thought about it after and thought, maybe she had an injury or it was a treat from her parents etc. I know at that age I would have been mortified at the thought of a male masseuse. Then her dad signed her up to become a member and that involves a year contract and a massage per month. SO, I am out-dated or do younger kids enjoy this sort of pampering?
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14-09-2013 21:47 #1
what do you think of under 13 aged kids having massages?
14-09-2013 21:52 #2
I think I'm against someone that young getting a massage - "just to feel good".
As a therapist - I do massage as part of treatment and if my child needed some treatment, then I'd take them to a physio or an OT. (FTR: I have treated children of this age, but usually they don't require massage, usually moreso - education on stretches and learning about their muscles.)
14-09-2013 21:59 #3-
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I think the parents need their head read. Even on the off chance it was for a medical issue (BS it was probably spoilt brat syndrome) the parents should have enough common sense to demand a female masseuse.
Disastrous. Even if the male didnt have sexual thoughts it is putting the kid in an awkward position.
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14-09-2013 21:59 #4
My mum does therapeutic massage...she had a young girl, probably around that age as a regular customer. She competed in swimming and gymnastics - and found the massage very helpful.
I don't see an issue, I guess it is also because I don't automatically assume there to be any sinister difference between a professional male compared to a female.
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14-09-2013 22:01 #5
My DD8 had a stretching and massage appointment with a man this week. I sat in on the appointment with her.
14-09-2013 22:03 #6Senior Member
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My ds has had a massage...with a male but there's no way I would let my child have a massage unattended with a person of the opposite sex. It's inappropriate .
14-09-2013 22:04 #7
I think it makes sense if they're doing a lot of physical activity and require massage to ease their muscles.
People massage babies though... and nobody cares about that, so I'm not sure there's really any issue. Personally, I wouldn't send my young child into a room, alone, to get semi-naked with a stranger, so I wouldn't be cool with it... but I've massaged (lightly) my 8-year-old before, and taught her some basic massage movements (I do massage as part of my job).
14-09-2013 22:23 #8Senior Member
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i wouldn't send my male or female child under 13 into a room with a doctor or physio or masseur without going with them, whether the person was male or female.
i don't have an issue with the actual massage though.
14-09-2013 22:24 #9
My daughter sees a physio every month and has a massage as part of her treatment. She has medical reasons for this though.
I always sit in with her and I wouldn't take her just 'because'!
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14-09-2013 22:59 #10
My 13 yr old ds had several massages on his back and bottom from a female student physio as part of his treatment. I had no issues with it. I stayed for the first one and then the next 3 I waited outside with the other kids.
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