You already know how satisfying a good massage can be. A massage helps you relax, de-stress and sleep better. It is also great for your skin and mental health. Massages are a great way to recover after sports injuries and muscle strains or sprains.
Now that you know why you want one, what should you wear to the appointment?
Keep in mind that oil and lotion can stain clothing.
Because massage therapists use oil or lotion during the massage, clothing can become stained if you don’t take proper precautions. While it’s unlikely that you’ll stain your clothing beyond repair, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
One of the easiest ways to avoid staining your clothes is to wear darker colors. Even if some oil sinks in and stains your clothes, darker colors are less likely to show the stains.
You should also bring a robe or large towel to cover up before and after the massage. If you can, bring a change of clothes to put on after the massage as well.
If you’re uncomfortable undressing, pack a bathing suit.
If wearing no clothes at all isn’t your thing, you can bring a bathing suit and wear it under your clothes. Likewise, if wearing underwear and a sports bra is uncomfortable for you, you can pack a swimsuit or tank top to wear instead.
Particularly if this is your first time getting a massage, there’s no harm in trying out an option that makes you feel most comfortable. Even if the spa doesn’t have changing rooms available on site, they’ll likely have towels and robes/coats available to help cover yourself up when it’s not your turn on the table.
Take into consideration the type of massage you’ll be receiving.
If you’re getting a hot stone massage, they’ll probably be pushing the stones into your muscles with their hands, so a bathing suit could get in the way. As for deep tissue massages, the therapist often works on deeper muscles to release tension and knots. Wearing clothing that inhibits them from doing this only makes it harder for them to provide relief to your body’s deeper muscular issues.
Consider the weather and season.
You can’t go wrong in making comfort your top priority! What you wear to your massage directly affects your own comfort, so choose an outfit that works best for the type of massage you plan on getting. Keep in mind: some massages may require you to be partially or fully undressed. If this makes you uncomfortable, consider talking with the practitioner before booking or checking out other forms of massage that only use light touch.
If you’re getting a hot stone massage, it’s best to dress warmer than if you were getting a Swedish (relaxing) massage. After all, hot stones are placed directly on your body and they tend to warm up quickly. For example, I recommend wearing long sleeves and pants that aren’t too tight-fitting because they’ll help trap heat from the stones instead of letting it escape through gaps in fabric. If warmth is something that makes you relax more easily (like me), then this is a good thing!
If you’re looking for a relaxing Swedish massage, dressing for the weather should be just fine when considering what clothes will keep you nice and comfy throughout the experience. Pajamas are even welcome in many spas! Just make sure that your pajamas don’t restrict movement for either yourself or the practitioner since their job involves working with different spots around your body to relax sore muscles. You don’t want them trying to massage your shoulders while being limited by how much fabric there is around them!
Thai massages often involve stretching, so it might be best to wear loose-fitting clothing during these types of massages so they don’t interfere with all those new positions being tried out on your body–and besides…loose-fitting clothes tend to be very comfortable anyway!
The spa or studio’s dress code is important, too.
First off, make sure to ask the spa’s front desk or receptionist what they would prefer you to wear. They should be able to answer with the official dress code, if there is one. If there isn’t a dress code, you can inquire about what has been most common in the past—what other clients typically wear. You might also want to ask them how much nudity will be expected of you so that you know how much you need to cover up.
Finally, it is important to remember that most spas and massage studios have their own culture, or general vibe. If it’s a casual place where everyone wears yoga pants and tank tops, then it’s okay for you do so as well. Even though it might feel foreign at first, your comfort is key! After all this information about dressing for massages, don’t forget the most important thing: always show up clean and freshly bathed!
Think about bringing extra clothes to change into after your appointment.
A common question I get when people hear I’m a massage therapist is: “What should I wear?” In most cases, my answer is the same: “Whatever you want to wear.”
Although it may sound counterintuitive, many options are available to us as we go about our lives. In the realm of health and beauty, there’s no reason why we can’t look good while getting a massage.
Let’s imagine you’re in the market for a new outfit for your next date with your massage therapist, who happens to be very lovely and charming. You want to look nice, so you just bought this cute little sundress that shows off your legs and makes you feel great about yourself—but then she asks you to take it off because she needs some space to stretch out her muscles. Don’t worry—you’ve got plenty of choices in terms of clothing that’ll complement any situation. This article will help you find what works best for you on the following criteria:
Best fabric type:: If it’s warm enough where you live that wearing a dress isn’t an issue (for instance, Dallas), then whatever material feels best against your skin is probably best for your massages. Cotton or synthetics are both fine options; if one gets too hot or uncomfortable during or after your appointment, simply switch into another layer of clothes or take a shower afterward (if necessary).
Best fit :: You don’t need anything too tight over areas that allow expansion (i.e., if it’s not like an oven inside). The same goes for very loose fitting shirts; although they’ll make things easier on your neck and shoulders, they won’t provide much coverage throughout other areas of the body (legs/upper arms). If someone tells you what size/cut they wear—and even if they tell you their measurements as well—always choose something close rather than going by their recommendation only since everyone is different! If in doubt, go down a size
When you know what to wear to a massage, you can be more prepared to fully enjoy and relax during your treatment.
- Know what the spa’s dress code is like.
- Wear comfortable clothes.
- Bring a change of clothes if you are worried about smelling like massage oil.
- Take the weather into consideration if you will be walking outside after your massage.
- Consider the type of massage you will be receiving. If it is an oil massage, bring extra clothes so that you can stay warm and slip into something fresh after your appointment is finished.
The takeaway here is that you should be able to wear whatever you want to your massage. By taking into account the above factors, and your personal preferences, you can confidently decide what will work best for you. The point of a massage is to relax, so there’s no need for added stress because of what you’re wearing.