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I'm not fond of the smell of one of the oils my massage therapist uses. Can I politely ask her not to use that one?

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asked Oct 14, 2014 by anonymous
Most definitely!  Just let your therapist know that you don't like that scent or ask for unscented.
Please do, your therapist wants to know how your massage is working for you and that includes any aroma.  If you are seeing an aromatherapist she will gladly swap out whichever oil is not pleasing to you for another that has similar properties that you prefer.  If it is a pre blended massage oil or lotion you can be sure there is something else available that can be used.  Our clients needs and wants are very much at the heart of what we try to do for you.

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Massage professionals are keenly aware that scents have a direct affect on their clients, physically & emotionally, and are responsive to personal preference. All feedback is important to your massage experience. A simple request would be welcome & probably recorded in their notes so it won't be used again by accident. It's about you, the client, after all.
answered Oct 18, 2014 by Cynthia Aiken, LMT (160 points)
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YES!  Please do!  Many massage therapists and spas use scented lotions for a more relaxing experience or to bring a certain ambiance to their practice. 

We also realize that many scents can bring up emotions, feelings etc. of past experiences.  Many individuals do not care for particular scents for differeing reasons and would prefer an unscented lotion or oil or just a different scent or fragrance.  So again, YES, please ask them to change. 

Hope this helps and that your massages are TERRIFIC!

Be Blessed!

answered Oct 23, 2014 by Ms. Cynthia "Cindy" Frahm, LMT, LMTI, CEP (270 points)
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Yes indeed, both the client & the therapist have rights & responsibilities. Therefore, the client has every right to let the therapist know anything that might affect or improve the benefits of the session, & viceversa.

answered Nov 6, 2014 by Ms. Sandra Lugo-Camacho, LMT-Instructor, Practitioner, B.A. in Physical Educ. (220 points)