The woman with golden hands who takes the knots off your aching back is called a masseuse, but for a long time the word massage therapist was acceptable. The term masseuse is a French word that refers to a woman who practices massage. The men in the industry were known as massage therapists. The titles masseuse and masseuse have a long and colorful history related to massage.
Both terms were used to describe men and women, respectively, who provided massages in exchange for payment. But these terms, especially masseuse, were kidnapped by prostitutes operating under the guise of “massage”, starting in the 1950s. Should you say masseuse or masseuse? They're the same thing, right?.