Information about massage therapy for men is available on the Massage Envy Spa website, as of 2015. Another source of information about massage therapy specific to men is the blog of The Elements Way, a massage studio located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Studies have demonstrated several benefits of massage therapy for men, according to Massage Envy Spa. A 2010 study conducted in Sweden, for example, showed that men's heart rates, insulin levels and cortisol levels dropped significantly following an 80-minute hand-and-foot massage. All three of these factors contribute to decreased stress levels. There is evidence that massage therapy can improve performance in athletic men. Male massage clients also often experience relief from back and neck pain.
There are several questions men often want to ask about getting a massage, but many do not ask out of embarrassment, according to The Elements Way. They may desire to request that their massage therapist be a particular gender, depending on what they are most comfortable with, for example. Although this may be an uncomfortable question to bring up, massage businesses are usually accustomed to this type of request and happy to accommodate their clients' preferences regarding practitioner gender. Another topic a male client may hesitate to bring up is a particular area of his body he is self-conscious about and does not want massaged. Therapists are used to seeing clients with all different body types, but they usually do not mind requests to avoid certain areas for the comfort of the client.