This was prompted by the nail salon thread.
I've only had professional massages twice, the latest a few months ago. I enjoyed them very much but was unsure of how much interaction to have with the masseuse. At one point in the most-recent 50 min massage she inquired "are you OK?" or some such, I guess because I was silent. Believe me, it had been a rough summer and my neck, back and shoulders were convulsed with stress so I was enjoying her expertise to the hilt. But then I wondered -- is one supposed to converse from time to time? or say "that feels good..." The massage room was dimly lit with sort of New Age music playing and frankly I'd prefer not to interact.
Also -- when one gets a massage from a loved one it is ok to "ooh" and "aah" spontaneously over the pleasant sensations. But I felt constrained from doing so with a professional masseuse. I guess I ddin't want it to seem as though I were deriving sexual pleasure from the treatment -- pleasure, yes, but sexual, no. On the other hand, steeling myself to remain silent created at least a slight bit of tension that detracted from the 'total relaxation experience.' Does anyone have any guidance?