For quite a while as of now, numerous massage therapists and bodyworkers were saying something like, “Undress to your level of comfort.” To be true, even me had fallen into starting the session with this phrase... But since then I've learned to see it in a whole another light - as just way too vague.
Newcomers to the world of massage have no idea what that means. Seriously, I’ve been receiving bodywork for 5 years and I’m not even sure what that means. (My personal “level of comfort” as far as clothing goes typically involves a fluffy polar fleece sweatshirt and baggy, softer than soft sweatpants.)
Based on this, here’s some additional info that may help you decide what you want to wear (or maybe not) during a session:
Firstly, no matter what, it's a rule that either a sheet or a blanket will always be covering your private parts. No professional masseur will ever let client to be left feeling exposed or chilly. As I will be going through the massage's progress, I will only uncover areas I am working on, one at a time, respecting and protecting your privacy at all times. When I work on an arm, I fold the sheet back and tuck it under your arm so it’s comfy.
I follow the same pattern for each leg.
So, do you feel like today should be your massage salon relaxation day?
Long story short, as a professional masseur I dig a variety of uber-effective massage techniques that can all be applied over the clothing. Those of you who have seen or met me at sporting events or other public onsite massage gigs are aware of it already!
If for any kind of the reason I feel I can’t effectively treat your issue through the clothing which you’re wearing at the moment, I’ll tell you, and we’ll figure out another approach.
But is there one garment of all which I will always ask you to remove?
Absolutely... That's your shoes!
Especially if the weather outside has made them muddy or wet. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it may not sound like that to some...
So if there are any specific reasonable points you tell me about keeping them on, I don't mind about that.
Again, I can work around.
All in all, here's one more really important thing!
Please know that regardless of your level of the dress you're wearing on the massage table, I never care about it and I’m never judging you.
The whole concept of the massage is about you and you only, so it's crucial that you feel comfortable.
For some people, that means leaving some clothing on. For others, it means taking it all off. Your preferences may vary from session to session as well. There is no right or wrong as it’s your massage session.