When you go to a legitimate parlor, you are greeted by a receptionist who will inquire if you have an appointment and then take down your details. The next step is for them to ask you some questions regarding what kind of massage you want and general health questions. You are then led to a room, which is usually tastefully decorated where you can read magazines, newspapers, relax or even pick the aromatherapy oils you want used during your massage.
There are various laws that massage parlors need to conform to for the standard of work that is done. For example, whether a client requests it or not, the masseuse must provide a sheet or towel for the client to drape over areas that are not going to be massaged. There are different kinds of equipment found in a massage parlor. This may include a massage table or chair, or a massage stool for the masseuse.
There are also different oils and lotions for you to choose from. Some might also have a variety of CDs that clients can pick soothing music from. Yes, there are seedy massage parlors disguised as reputable parlors. The key is to do some research. For example call ahead and confirm that they are not doing erotic massages, otherwise you might be in for a rude shock when you walk into a parlor expecting a soothing massage.