Can I get Massaged Under the Sheet?
I realize that you may be hesitant about receiving a professional massage. Many people, including some of my clients, were uneasy before their first massage. You are most likely nervous because you do not know the massage therapist personally and are not sure what to expect.
Fully Undressing is Optional
Most of us are uncomfortable removing our clothing for any reason outside of our homes. The majority of therapists would rather massage skin-to-skin, applying relaxing oils and having the ability to see if there are areas that should be avoided due to bruising, etc. However, if you decide to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing or stay covered with a sheet throughout your massage, this is not a problem.
When you make your appointment, inform the receptionist that you would prefer to leave your clothes on or have a ‘through the sheet massage.’ Some therapists have experience doing these kinds of massages and can effectively provide you with a relaxing massage, regardless.
The good news is that, if you do decide to remove your clothing, the therapist is not present while you undress and get under the sheet on the massage table. Leaving your underpants on is fine. More than anything else, the therapist wants you to be comfortable during your massage. They will knock on the door before opening it, to ensure you are ready for.
The Nervousness will Subside
Even though you are initially nervous, once your massage begins, this feeling will subside. Many people have the misconception that large portions of their body will be exposed throughout the massage. The masseuse only undrapes the area that they are currently working on. Once finished with that area they will redrape it and then undrape another. Your ‘private areas’ will never be exposed.
A glute (buttocks) massage is part of the full body massage routine, but is usually only done if requested. If you prefer, the therapist will massage your glutes through the sheet. It is definitely not a ‘sexy’ thing, but if you do not want your glutes massaged, just let the therapist know. This is true for any area of your body that you feel uncomfortable having massaged.
Many people have back pain because of tension. For this reason, it is important to note that if you have low back pain, massaging the glutes would be extremely beneficial for you.
The massage therapist may ask how much pressure you would like them to use, consider starting light. You can always request that they apply more. If you have problem areas that are bothering you, let them know. This way they can be sure to target them to help relieve your pain.
A Massage Offers More than Just Relaxation
The majority of people get a massage just for the relaxation benefits it offers, however, that is not the only benefit that you receive from your massage. In fact, massage therapy will lower your heart rate and blood pressure, increase the circulation of your blood and lymph flow, eliminate toxins, help with your digestion, increase the endorphins in your body (which provides natural pain relief), improve your range of motion (flexibility) and, of course, relax your muscles.
To enjoy your massage, you should maintain open communication with your massage therapist. Never be afraid to ask a question, no matter how strange you think it may be; chances are, they have answered it before. Even a clothed or 'through the sheet' massage, is beneficial.
Maybe in time, you will feel comfortable with removing your clothing. This would allow you to experience the warm, wonderfully scented massage oils as you drift off into dreamland. I sure hope so!