I get this question a lot from my friends. Since I was a massage therapist, they want to know if its appropriate to be nude during a massage. They ask things like, “what all do I take off?” ” am I suppose to be named?” “Will the therapist think its weird if I’m naked?”
So here’s my answer. I was a massage therapist for 8 years and have had this convo with other therapists. For me, my ideal client is comfortable being bundle on be table. However if they’re not comfortable, I totally understand and can work around their underwear.
The reason I prefer a nude client is because I can give them a better massage since I’m not trying to maneuver around their clothes. I can also work the lower back and gluts better because I have direct access to those areas.
I see bodies all day everyday so nudity is no big to me. I suspect this is how most massage therapist are. However, my disclaimer is that there are immature people in every field so I’m sure massage therapy is no exception.
For professional massage therapists, the body has become a system of muscles and anatomy working together to help you move through your daily life. The sexual allure I suppose it has on most people, especially here in the United States, is lost on me. I’ve seen it too much to limit it to sex.
Also I think the client relaxes more without the constraints of clothing. When you’re relaxed, you can feel everything even the waste band strapped around your stomach and back from your underclothes. So it’s best to just not have them.
However, if you’re a little uptight with nudity or completely uncomfortable being naked, by all means, feel free to keep on whatever you need to feel comfortable. Your therapist will let you know if you need to undress further.
I’ve had to ask women to take their bra off before and it’s no big deal. I’ve also done full body massages while my client was completely clothed. So no matter what your quirks are, a good therapist will work within your boundaries and comfort level without making you feel embarrassed.
But if you ask me, what’s the best way to get a therapeutic massage, I say take it all off.
So next time you get a massage try taking it all off. You can thank me later.
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