The most Frequently Asked Question in massage: Do I need to get naked?
No. Absolutely not.
Many massage therapists and bodyworkers will say, “Undress to your level of comfort.” That can be vague and unnerving for someone who is new to massage (or even a seasoned massage veteran!). People new to massage might have no idea what that means. Heck, I’m not even sure what that means. Here’s what you need to know about clothing during a session:
First, no matter what, you’ll always be covered (draped) with a sheet and a blanket. You’ll never be left feeling exposed or chilly. When our therapists work on an arm, they will fold the sheet back and tuck it under your arm so it’s secure. (No drafts, my friends.) We follow the same protocol for the leg.
When we work on the full back, we will fold the drape down at the hips. If you’re wearing underwear we may gently tuck the sheet around the waistband, to protect your clothes from massage oil. If you’re wearing a bra, we will work around it. If you’re wearing a tank top or shorts or long johns, we’ll work through it. We know plenty of very effective massage techniques that can be administered over clothing. If we feel we can’t effectively treat your issue through the clothing you’ve chosen to wear, we will tell you, and together we’ll figure out another approach.
Please know that we don’t care what you wear, and we are not judging you. This massage is about you and it’s important you feel comfortable. For some people that means leaving some clothing on. For others, it means taking it all off. There is no right or wrong, this is your massage.
Enjoy your next massage!