Size & Discrimination

I’m in a few massage groups on Facebook and recently there was a post saying that a therapist had received a call from a women who had been refused treatment by 3 other businesses because she weighed over 200lbs.

I suspect the therapist was American as we don’t tend to measure weight in lbs but I also suspect that it is not just an issue in America.

What was even more disgraceful was the fact that there were comments on the post from therapists saying that they preferred not to work on larger clients.

I find it despicable that people are being refused massage because of weight – this is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

My couch will hold up to 500lbs which is about 35 stone. My massage chair holds up to 31st.

I’m on the large side, my BMI is puts me in the Obese category.

I want to make it clear to everyone that:

  • I do not judge people based on their size
  • Everyone will benefit from massage, regardless of their size
  • People over 200lbs often suffer more from joint pain and, therefore are more likely to see the benefits of massage
  • If you do want to lose weight then I know a very good nutritionist who can help.
  • If you don’t want to lose weight, that’s fine, I won’t bring it up, I’m not going to lecture you on weight loss
  • If you are self-conscious about going to a salon or a spa for a massage then maybe a mobile massage, in the comfort of your own home would suit you better
  • If you weigh over 500lbs it doesn’t stop me from massaging you, we will find another way that doesn’t involve the couch.

If you go to a salon then they are likely to have a hydraulic couch, these couches do tend to have a lower weight limit than my mobile couch due to the hydraulics but they can still usually hold up to 400lbs (not 200!)

I am a strong believer that we should be trying to remove barriers to massage to make it accessible for all, not putting up false barriers that don’t even need to be there.

If I ever hear of a local therapist who has told anyone over 200lbs (or 300, 400, 500lbs) they can’t have a massage I will contact them and wipe the floor with them (it’s made me quite angry, can you tell?)

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