No. Absolutely not.
What do you wear in a massage? What massage therapists (myself included) often say to a client is, “Undress to your level of comfort.” Maybe that’s a little bit too vague. Plus, if you’ve never had a massage before, you probably have no idea what that even means. Do I even know what that means? Maybe?! Anyway, here’s what you need to know about clothing during your massage:
I like to tell people, I rarely will see any more of you than if you were wearing a swim suit. I keep you covered with a sheet and a blanket throughout your massage. When I work on your arm, I hold the sheet in place and pull your arm carefully out from underneath, resting it on top of the blanket. When I do arm stretches, I tuck the covers in tight under your armpit. This makes it so that I can pull your arm over your head without them slipping and exposing your chest.
For your legs, there are a couple of ways I drape. For the most part, I will pull sheet under one leg and up along your hip, tucking you in tightly so that we can do leg or hip stretches without you feeling exposed or drafty. Occasionally, I will uncover one leg and tuck the sheet under your other leg.
When I work on your full back, I fold the sheet and blanket down to your hips. If you’re wearing underwear or pants, I may tuck the sheet under the waistband. This helps protect your clothes from the lotion or oil and keeps the covers from slipping.
If at any time you’re cold or uncomfortable, just let me know. I have extra sheets and blankets available! If you’d like to read a little more about draping and how you can help your massage go smoother, check out this post.
It means that if you do not feel comfortable removing a particular article of clothing, that is perfectly fine. If you’re wearing a bra, I’ll work around it. Wearing a tank top or shorts or long johns? I’ll work through them. If your feet get cold and you want to leave your socks on, no worries! Want to keep all of your clothes on? That’s okay, too!
If the texture or bulkiness of your clothes makes massage a challenge, I may use a sheet or cloth over them to smooth out the process. In the event that we reach a point where I feel I can’t effectively treat your issue through the clothing you’ve chosen to wear, I’ll let you know and we’ll figure out another approach.
If you’re not quite ready to undress for a massage, but you’re worried about what will be most comfortable or make my job easier, here are a few suggestions:
The most important thing to remember is, whatever you choose to wear (or not wear) during your massage, it’s okay with me, and I’m not judging you. Your massage is all about you and it’s important that you feel comfortable and relaxed. For some people that means leaving some clothing on. For others, it means taking it all off. There is no right or wrong,
Enjoy your next massage!