If it is the first time I am seeing a client, I will ask them if they want an abdominal massage as part of their treatment. I find that male clients are more open to it than female clients and I think that, in general, a client’s reluctance is often due to the fact that the abdominal area is a very vulnerable area. When you look at other species, you see that mammals protect their abdominal area at all costs because of an instinctive knowledge that damage to the organs and viscera can be fatal.