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You'll get in shape when you are ready. It may take time, and that's ok too. Follow your dream. Don't let your weight keep you from it.
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I'm about 5'7", and when I went to massage school several years back, I was about 235lbs. We started with 40 students of varying ages and body types. From the get go, the instructors impressed the importance of respect for ourselves and others. My classmates NEVER made me feel the least bit self conscious, even though I had a total "OMG! WHAT AM I DOING HERE?!?!?" moment erupting inside me the first day when one of the instructors got on the table and took her shirt and bra off under the sheet for a demonstration.kevray wrote:hi I am admitted to a massage therapy program to begin in January. It's a little late to be thinking like this but, I'm about 50+ lbs overweight. I'm a male, 5' 10" and I weigh 244. I should be around 190. Most of the weight is in my abdominal area - like a 'beer belly' unfortunately. So, I'm not just one of those overweight guys who looks like a 'big guy'. I just look like I have a huge stomach. I've been on a weight loss plan lately and so didn't think much of it until I went to orientation today. Everyone was in tip top shape! I feel very self conscious now - especially since I believe I will have to be nude with my fellow students (heard conflicting things about THAT, still not sure what's true or not). I would like advice: Should I withdraw from my classes this semester and postpone my entry to MT school for a few months to get into shape. I don't want to be known as the "gross fat guy". Or worse, make it more difficult for my fellow students to work on me. Thank you for your time and help.
Not only did I survive this experience, I have since developed a much better acceptance of my own body, and have a better understanding and can empathize with those that have body issues.
You may see those other people in the class as being athletic and fit, but I can just about guarantee you that there are those in the group that don't see themselves the way you do, and may be even more unsure and insecure about their bodies than you may feel. Also, as pueppi pointed out, not every client that you're going to see as a massage therapist is going to have a "perfect" body. Clients come in all shapes and sizes, so should your practice partners so you can learn how to be comfortable, secure, and effective.
A quick note on the nudity issue.
Different schools handle their hands on classes differently, but overall, you should be given the opportunity to undress to whatever degree is necessary or appropriate for your class session, with some degree of privacy. My school had some curtains you could pull around yourself to disrobe in, then wrap in a sheet and go to the table. Others who were more comfortable, just took their clothes off on the table, underneath the sheet (sometimes their partner would help "tent" the sheet to give them room.) You should always have the option to maintain your modesty. Breasts and genitals should remain covered, and the instructors should be cultivating a sense of security and safety within the classroom.
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My advice is to listen to what this guy says about belly fat. I am following his advice, give his link to my clients, and it is helping me and them:
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By all means, look at losing weight as an avenue to greater health! But don't do it to avoid making your fellow students uncomfortable.
O friend, understand. / The body is like the ocean, rich with hidden treasures. / Open your innermost chamber / And light its lamp - Mirabai
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We have a wide variety of body types in our class, and we've got some wonderful massage therapists who graduated and work with us now as teachers or teaching assistants, and they also come in a wide variety of sizes. Also, I have found it true that we become more accepting of our own body and the bodies of others through massage. On of my very first teachers said that he had issues about his body, esp. his abdomen, when he started, and it took a long time for him to let anyone even work on this area on him, but now he's fine with it. I know I felt shy too--I'm 50, and not in great shape, and was embarrassed at first thinking about younger people working on me, but now, when I'm several months into the program, I don't think about it at all (and I'm no longer even remotely shy about getting out of my clothes and onto the table, either!)
Working on losing weight is great, if that's a goal for you, but whether it is or not, you'll be fine in school! Don't let your weight stand in the way of what you want to do!
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And also where I am, many women are very conservative and against having just ANY male working on them. Naturally what I found is, its not really about the weight or your looks but how you present yourself. Now slim, toned, is a good way to go if that's in your goals. Clean, hygienic, fit, attractive and extremely knowledgeable would probably make a great comfortable therapist to go to. At least in my opinion. Looks and physical features aren't the primary concern but it doesn't hurt to have the extras.
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It's great that you're not letting your weight hold you back and you're taking steps to improve your health. I wish you the best!
I commend you and will be cheering you on!!!!
But looking at the date or your post, did you finish school already!?
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