From a therapy point of view-- in my opinion --I prefer no clothing while keeping most of the client warm and covered beneath the sheets--only revealing the area that I am working with. I "feel" the knots and contracted tissue much better this way. And it feels more natural. But not necessary.
Here's what your massage therapist is really thinking when you're naked on the table
I stopped reading at 4. I have been a massage therapist for 22 years.. Did you really get paid to write this? Are you even a real writer? Interesting information. Cell phones should be off and you should definitely be clean before you're appt. For some reason I thought the author of the article was in fact herself practicing massage therapy. Knowing she doesn't and just 'interviewed people' I don't think she did.
Spa nudity can cause some anxiety and confusion, especially if you're going for the first time , but there are some pretty simple rules for spa destinations in and around the United States when it comes to getting naked. The question most first-time spa guests ask is whether or not the massage therapist will see their body naked. Most resort spas and destination spas in Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the Caribbean stipulate that your therapist must cover your body with a sheet or large towel during your appointment and that only the part of the body that is being worked on is exposed. Some people, on the other hand, feel completely comfortable without clothing and wonder why there has to be a sheet or towel over their body during the massage. However, while those people may not feel like the situation is sexual, pulling the sheet back or asking the therapist about it is usually a prelude to unwanted advances and should be avoided. If you're not shy about getting naked at the spa, there are plenty of naturist resorts and clothing-optional spas spread throughout the United States , South America, and Europe as well as most other places in the world , each with varying degrees of comfort around the naked body. However, you still shouldn't expect any nudity in the treatment room; even the Palm Springs clothing-optional resort Sea Mountain uses draping during a massage at its spa. European spas are considerably more relaxed about nudity, both in the treatment room and in co-ed Sauna Worlds, a spectacular collections of saunas, whirlpools, and ice rooms, often part of hot springs.
For many planning to get a massage treatment, a key question is "What clothing should I remove? This means that the client is under a sheet or towel during the massage. The therapist works on only one uncovered part of the body at a time and this is the most uncovered you are going to be during the massage. When it's time to turn over, the therapist holds the sheet up fairly high so they can't see the client turn over and then the sheet comes down, covering the whole body again. The therapist puts you into various positions and there is a lot of contact, so it's best if you're comfortable with massage before you try this one. There are other techniques and modalities that an experienced massage therapist has at their disposal, so you can always ask the spa if they can customize a clothes-on treatment. The draping requirements only apply in the United States.