What to Wear (or not) During Your Massage

It’s one of the most Frequently Asked Questions in massage: Do I need to take everything off?

Short answer

Long answer
I’ve found many massage therapists and bodyworkers say (and I’ve said it too), “Undress to your level of comfort.” People new to massage have no idea what that means–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 usually a blanket. You will not be left feeling exposed or chilly. When I work on an arm, I fold the sheet back and tuck it under your arm so it’s secure. (No drafts, my friends.) I follow the same protocol for the leg.

When I work on the full back, I fold the drape down at the hips or expose one hip and leg as well with the drape tucked and covering strategic parts. If you’re wearing underwear I’ll gently tuck the sheet around the waistband, to protect your clothes from massage oil. If you’re wearing a bra, I’ll work around it. If you’re wearing a tank top or shorts or long johns, I’ll work through it. I know plenty of very effective massage techniques (like Thai massage) that can be administered over clothing. If I feel I can’t effectively treat your issue through the clothing you’ve chosen to wear, I’ll tell you, and we’ll figure out another approach.

What I want you to know is that I don’t care, and I’m 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!