Thursday, 9 October 2014

Undressing for Massage

If you've never had a massage before or if it's your first massage with a new therapist it can be a little nerve-racking wondering what it'll be like.
Many questions often run through peoples minds:
  • How should I undress?
  • How much will the therapist ask me to take off?
  • Will the therapist stay in the room?
  • Should I bring shorts?
  • If you're just having a back massage, Should I take my trousers off?
  • If you're a woman, Should I keep my bra on or take it off?
  • Can I keep my socks on?

It's obviously nice to have answers to these questions before you arrive. It can make you feel more comfortable and confident knowing what is expected.

This is how I work at The Glasgow Treatment Rooms. Every therapist and clinic is different but, you should still find this applies for the majority of massage/bodywork establishments that you might visit over time.

The most important thing from my perspective is that you feel completely comfortable and relaxed. If you're not then the massage is unlikely to be as enjoyable and effective as it could be. So only undress to a level you are comfortable with, there is absolutely no pressure for you to undress any further than that.

The majority of the massage techniques I use are performed directly on the skin, this means I will ask you to remove those items of clothing that cover the area to be massaged. For example, if we're running through a fully body massage, I'll ask you to undress to your underwear. If we're just working upper or lower body, I'll only ask you to remove the relevant clothing such as your top or your trousers, tights, dress or skirt. Many clients still prefer to undress to their underwear even if not getting a full body massage as they feel more comfortable on the massage couch.

I always give you time alone in the room to undress and dressed again afterwards. I always knock before entering the room and if you need more time you can just tell me to wait.

For women, the question of whether or not to take off their bra is a totally personal one. Most clients will remove their bra for the treatment whilst some will chose to keep it on. It's easier for me when I'm working if you don't keep it on but I can work around it if required. If you are going to keep your bra on I will need to unclasp it when working through the back area.
Should you bring shorts? Clients who are sporty will sometimes bring shorts to wear during the treatment, this isn't necessary but if you feel more comfortable this way please feel free to wear them.

To get the best out of your massage I recommend you to wear as little as you are comfortable wearing. Strangely, swimming costumes are perfect for massage. For men speedo style swimming trunks, not Hawaiian surfing shorts! for women, the briefs from a bikini, not an all-in-one costume.

You are given a large sheet to cover yourself when first getting on the table and this sheet is used to cover you for the whole treatment and only the body part being worked on is uncovered at any one time.

If you're not comfortable and want more covers, pillows or supports; let me know.

Hopefully this answers your questions about how to undress for massage, if not contact me with your questions.