Massage? But I don’t want to take my clothes off 25


Then don’t.  I won’t argue with you, try to convince you what to do, or judge you.  I won’t be disappointed or feel like you don’t trust me.  I will simply accept your choice.

For pain relief I will be using techniques that are done fully clothed.  Soft, thinner clothing provides the best results.

Some people have wondered about getting a massage but are reluctant.  One stumbling block is that they don’t want to take off their clothes.  There are several valid reasons for that hesitancy.  Before getting involved with massage I needed to do some research to understand the situation.

Let’s try to gain some understanding.

But I’m a modest person

Great!  I am too.  No matter what you wear, you will be covered by a colored sheet the whole time.  The only part uncovered will be what is being worked on at the moment.

Why do people take clothes off for a massage?

Massage is working on your muscles and other soft tissue.  It’s easier to evaluate their condition and then work to make them better without anything between my hands and them.   Easier, but not essential.

Do I  have to take off anything?

Nope.   Well, your shoes, and your necklace, because I’m sure to get my hands tangled in it.

And you won’t be angry?

I will not be angry.  Oops, sorry, having a Young Frankenstein moment there…  Now where was I?  Abby someone…

What can you do through my clothes?

I have some techniques that work well with clothes on.  I do Bamboo massage, and it is effective through clothes.  Resetting muscles for pain relief is done with clothes on. It is not the same as a typical massage, but you will feel looser when we are done.

If you do want to keep your clothes on, you can wear something that is comfortable that allows some movement.  Thicker material, like jeans, make the work less effective.  Some clothes that people wear are pajama type or loose yoga type clothes, shorts, tank tops, and sports bras.  You can bring them and change into them if you want.

Will you be in the room as I’m undressing?

No.  First we will talk about what you need that day.  I’ll take you to the room, let you know whether to start face up or face down, and leave.  In a couple of minutes, after I’ve washed my hands and have everything I need, I’ll knock on the door.  When you are ready, I’ll come in and get started.

But I have body issues

Almost everybody who comes in has something they have an issue with.  This is an involved topic that I’ll discuss in more detail in other posts – here’s one of them.  It all boils down to this: Massage Therapists make observations concerning your body, but not judgments.  Massage has helped me learn how to deal with my own body issues.

Any suggestions on what not to wear?

Here’s a slightly offbeat approach with some suggestions on what not to wear.

What should I wear then?

It’s completely up to you.  Keep everything on, take everything off, or somewhere in between.  You can’t be relaxed if you are thinking about what you are or are not wearing.

I want you to experience and enjoy the benefits of massage.  If clothing has been an obstacle for you, let’s find a way to work around it.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com


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