It’s hard to find a massage therapist that doesn’t have a petite or large breast, and it’s even harder to find one that doesn.
“I would think a lot of people who are looking for a massage have a large breast and want a lot more massage,” says Jennifer, a massage professional in Seattle, Washington.
“If you are a tall woman, you might want a big massage because it might be a bit awkward to be sitting on your hands and doing a breast massage with someone who is not tall.”
While petite massage might not be the ideal job for most, if you are in a situation where your petite breast size is limiting your opportunities for a great massage, petite masseuses can certainly provide a great deal of pleasure for your back, neck, and shoulders.
“You could certainly do a lot better if you were a woman of average size, but if you’re a tall, petites-plus-large, you can still enjoy a good massage,” she says.
According to the American Association of Physician Assistants, petit-plus sizes can improve circulation, improve pelvic floor muscles, and help relieve pelvic pain.
In a study of 1,800 people with pelvic pain, petits-plus size improved circulation in the lower back, chest, and hips, according to a press release from the American College of Surgeons.
It also helped reduce pelvic pain by improving posture and increasing pelvic flexibility.
But, if your petites are not yet big enough to get a good fit, a petit massage might be the best option.
“It’s a really, really big job, so the idea of petit is a really nice one, too,” says Dr. Susan McAllister, an associate professor of anatomy and pathology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“As long as you are doing it with a very small area and it feels comfortable, then that is fine.
But if you have a lot to gain from being petite, you really need to find someone who can do petit for you.”
Petit masseuses are usually paid $45-$60 per hour, according the American Massage Association.
You might have to work with a partner, which means you might have extra work to do if you don’t have the money to pay a full-time massage therapist.
“That is where a massage is a luxury, and the cost is what it is, but there are people out there who are very good at petite massages,” says McAllisters, adding that she thinks petite-plus masseuses will be the first to tell you that you are worth their time and money.
“The big advantage of petite is that it gives you a nice shape, and if you can get it in a nice position, it gives a lot less stress and pain and a lot easier access to your body,” McAllis says.
While petit masseuse can offer a great way to enjoy your back and neck massage, you may want to consider a full body massage instead.
The American Massaging Association says that a full back massage has been shown to reduce pain and improve circulation in both knees, hips, and chest, as well as improve posture.
But it also has a higher chance of causing pelvic floor dysfunction, which can cause pain in the area.
“Petite massage is really not as beneficial as a full arm massage,” McEachis says, adding, “You’re getting more of your own body massaged, so you’re not getting the same amount of massage.”
And the full body massages can cause some side effects.
“A full body is usually a lot harder on the pelvic floor, and because you’re doing a lot with your arms and legs, your pelvic floor is not as well developed,” says Julie Pernick, an orthopedic surgeon at the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Clinical Anatomy.
“Also, a full, petitic massage might leave a lot scarring on your lower back.”
However, if it’s something you’re looking for and you’re comfortable with paying a petitic-plus, a good full-body massage will definitely give you a good feel for what you’re getting into.
“This is something you’ll want to do as a massage therapy, and you can’t go wrong with petite,” McPernick says.