"Hi, my name is Renee French and I'm here at Practical Massage Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee, and I'm going to be talking about massage therapy.
So, in my experience, the difference between receiving a massage from a male or a female massage therapist is really about your personal preference. The techniques that each massage therapist decide, is particular to the program or the training that they went to. And so it really is a personal preference, about who you would like to receive massage from.
Both male and female massage therapist can give deep tissue or lighter work, depending on their training. As far as giving a massage to a man or a woman, the only difference would be in the draping techniques and just making sure that, that person is comfortable while they're receiving. In my personal experience, the difference between giving a man and a woman a massage really just has to do with the muscle fibers.
On men the muscle fibers tend to be a little more dense and so you may find that giving a man a massage, you need to give a little more pressure. But it really is their personal preference to what they like and the most important thing is to check in and just make sure that, that person is comfortable."