It's unfortunate that one cannot simply assume their patronage will be welcome at any business regardless of who they are, but here we are in 21st century America. It would be unusual in the massage industry for clients to be denied service for their sexual or gender identity, although not unheard of. Because it is by nature a very personal service, it is paramount that massage clients feel comfortable and accepted for who they are, not only because everyone has a right to the same basic human dignity, but because personal judgements are a detriment to an effective therapeutic environment.
At Warrior Massage, we accept and welcome clients of all genders and sexual orientations. We're not going to have intercourse with you or perform any sexual services for you, so it doesn't matter who you are or are not attracted to. Massage therapists don't perform any services on or related to genitalia so it doesn't matter what equipment you're packing. Legal draping standards in Washington state are the same for both men and women (we cover your genitals/pubis, gluteal cleft, and breasts with the draped sheet whether you are male or female) so your modesty/comfort is protected regardless of your gender identity.
Some massage therapists will only accept clients of a specific gender (usually female), often out of concern for therapist safety, and unfortunately a history of inappropriate behavior from (usually male) clients. This is not a concern at Warrior Massage; all genders are welcome. Inappropriate conduct is not welcome and will be dealt with accordingly, but it is assumed that clients of all genders are capable of conducting themselves appropriately.
If we make a mistake and in any way make you feel unwelcome or unaccepted, we hope you will feel comfortable letting us know so our mistake can be corrected. It's important to us and our mission that all of our clients feel safe and at home while in our care.
There are SOME reasons Warrior Massage may refuse service to someone, which include:
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