No matter whether you are a massage newbie or a veteran, the question crosses all of our minds, I’m sure. We thought we’d help settle the debate once and for all from a professional perspective.
First, it is important to note that the most obvious answer is for you to do what you are comfortable with! If the idea of lying nude under your coverings makes you nervous or gives you anxiety, we want you to be settled and happy during your massage. So, leave them on.
I’ve noticed that no matter how many times a client has had professional massage before, when they come to me it’s one of their first questions, and sometimes no one has ever given them proper direction or an explanation of the benefits of being nude. I am always sure to tell them that they will be professionally draped at all times.
What does this mean? Basically that the only body part that will be undraped at the time is the one we are working on directly and genitals will remained covered the entirety of the massage. But what are the perks of disrobing completely? It gives us the opportunity to work muscle groups that we can’t easily get to with undergarments on...sometimes this also means socks. Massage is intentional, professional, therapeutic touch. Oftentimes we have to work through and manipulate several layers of tissue in order to get to the root of an issue. Especially if you have complaints involving the low back, hips and legs. Your glutes tend to hold a lot of tension and at times this tension can cause problems in your upper back and shoulders. After all, everything is connected.
People tend to forget that we also hold tension in our feet...we are on them most of the day. Taking your socks off gives us an opportunity to give your feet some love. In Ayurveda, a daily foot massage of 5-10 minutes is believed to bring back