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Do I Have to Take All My Clothes Off When Getting a Massage?

Jul 9, 2020 | Massage

Do I Have to Take All My Clothes Off When Getting a Massage?

Jul 9, 2020 | Massage | 0 comments

Written by Sue Burhoe

Do I have to take all my clothes off when getting a full body massage? The short answer is “No. Absolutely not.” The long answer is, well, much longer.

This is one of the most frequently asked questions about massage and deserves some discussion.

In massage school, it was suggested we say to clients, “Undress to your level of comfort.” I found that’s way too vague and doesn’t really answer the questions. Heck, I’m not even sure what that means.

At some point I switched to, “I’ll leave the room so you can undress, there’s a hook behind you for your clothes. Underwear can remain on or off, however you’re most comfortable is just fine.” That’s been working okay, but sometimes I feel more of an explanation would be useful.

do i have to take all my clothes off while getting a massage

First, no matter what, you’ll always be covered (draped) with a sheet and a blanket.

You’ll never 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. I follow the same protocol for the leg. When I work on the full-back, I fold the drape down at the hips. 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. You may be wearing a t-shirt or tank top or space suit, I’ll work through it. I know plenty of very effective full body massage techniques that can be administered over the 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.

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!


Much Love To You,

Sue Burhoe

Sue Burhoe Massage Therapist


Sue Burhoe is a BodyMind & Certified Holistic Life Coach, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Reiki & Integrated Energy Practitioner. Sue’s mission is to help people regain their health, heal from a devastating loss and manifest all they want into their life.

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