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October 29, 2015 Amelia Wilcox

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.

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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.

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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?

Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)