I had a client come in for a two hour massage. TWO HOURS. That is killer on a therapist, just so you all know. We do not look forward to two hour clients.
Anyway, I was starting the client on his back and starting the massage at the head/neck/shoulders. The guy was talking a little, which of course, requires me to respond to his discussion/questions. Since I was starting on his face and scalp, I didn't use any massage gel right away. One of the first things he says is, "I really like the smell of that lotion. It smells like orange blossoms." All I can think is, "Huh? I haven't even used anything yet and our lotion is scent free." (We are a scent free clinic - lotions, gels and creams are unscented, no scented candles, incense, etc. due to many clients having allergies and sensitivities to scented items, especially if they come in contact with the skin.)
Then I realized what it was and I had to do everything I could to contain my laughter. Yes, I was actually able to contain myself. Do you know what it was? I'll give you a second to think about it.
About 15 minutes before going into the massage I ate two of these. If the picture is not obvious, they are Orange Slices. That little slice of jellied orange heaven covered in coarse sugar. Yep, I guess whenever I talked, the smell of orange blossoms wafted from my mouth. And he thought it was the lotion. I didn't know what to say. I couldn't really say, "Oh, that's not the lotion, that's my breath!" So instead I said, "Oh, it's probably the soap I used to wash my hands." Which of course, it wasn't, because as I mentioned, we are a scent free clinic.
I was so paranoid to talk to him. I was afraid every time I spoke I would radiate orange blossoms and he would put two and two together and realize it was my breath. I was happy when the massage required me to move to his lower extremities and eventually his back.
What would you have done? How would you have responded if your massage therapist told you it was their breath that was that heavenly smell?