Well I kept my promise to myself and got my second monthly massage. Monday nights are their discount nights (all massages $10 off) so I called up to make an appointment with the woman I saw last time. However, she was booked so they asked if I would mind a male masseuse. I thought about this for a couple seconds and thought why not, if I don't enjoy it I'll request a woman next time and maybe a man's extra upper body strength might help.
Having a man massage me took a couple minutes to get used to but I have to say it was great. He was really able to work on my "concrete shoulders" as he put it and we had a great chat about our favorite places for beer, movies, and the beach. There was nothing weird or sexual about it and his extra strength really helped loosen up my very tense shoulders.
I was really interested to learn from him that a majority of the spa's clients do not want a man to massage them. He said a lot of men tend to worry about "liking the massage too much" and he said some women tend to feel more comfortable with their own sex.
What about you, would or have you used a male massage therapist? Would it be less relaxing to use someone of the opposite sex? Would your partner mind? Would it depend on the type of massage relaxing weekend or sports/deep tissue?