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Massage Attire

Practicality and aesthetics

Clothing is determined by local customs and those people who perform a superficial part body treatment as performed in many beauty therapy establishments will probably have a uniform. The therapists performing other styles of massage like shiatsu without any oils are free to choose although the best clothing option is comfortable and made from pure cotton.

Just as some professions wear uniforms, many spas and salons provide uniforms that staff must adapt to, but this page is more the self employed therapist and those free to choose who most often perform massage with oils that can be tough on clothing.

Massage is often demanding physical work therefore in a very warm environment. Therefore and some thought needs to go into your attire. You generally need to have bare arms and wear clothing that does not restrict your movements when massaging and keeps the person you're massaging comfortable, (note the page on draping).

Your options are wide bearing in mind that you need to wear clothing that is :

  1. snug so as not to drag over the clients body,
  2. short sleeved or sleeveless
  3. comfortable for you
  4. easy to wash or
  5. disposable if you work with massage waxes
  6. and colourful - colours hide oils stains and brighten peoples lives

To be practical, tank tops and either short pants, miniskirts or sarongs are ideal. Having your legs and arms bare helped to keep cool and facilitates ease of movement. Oil is more easily washed off your skin than your clothing and generally during a massage your arms will be oiled to your elbows and other points of contact making crop tops more ideal as they leave your waist bare.

In terms of covering your lower body, either bare legs, or a soft flowing cotton fabric (sarong) are best. In terms of long pants, please don't wear jeans, wear either cotton pants with an elasticised waistband or a cotton tie because buttons, zips, belt buckles and even the belt loops on jeans can scratch and feel uncomfortable when in contact with the skin. What is important here is comfort for both you and the people that you are massaging. This means that you have to be comfortable as well is keep your client comfortable.

After greeting and interviewing your client, the client is typically face down on the table for a little over half the massage time and unable little more than your toes if they bother to open their eyes. When they are face up, they will have their eyes closed unless you engage them in conversation. Should you have a client who watches you, you need to be more detailed your work and learn how to put them at ease so they will close their eyes and relax.


Cool, snug and comfy click image to buy

Humans only began wearing clothes out of necessity for warmth and then fashion took over, and now fashion and an abstract morality which dominates our lives and many people are so fearful they wouldn't be seen dead naked. For recreational massage between close friends and lovers, connoisseurs and experts agree that in general terms the best massage is when both giver and receiver are totally naked.  Being naked is the most human and wholesome attitude we can have as in any healing work self acceptance is key.

One aspect of massage is about returning to our human origins as it is about relaxing and experiencing enjoyment of the body. Most people once they get over that initial shyness and , they find that being naked actually does away with the mind games, the socially imposed sexuality and pacifies wayward desires.

But if you're shy and not ready to become a naturist, that's okay, but remember All traditional massage is done barefoot with minimal dress and the ideal clothing is cotton.

Get Professional

The other extreme is the professional therapist who works in a medical centre or doctors office, they will be expected to dress to conform to the other staff in the facility.  Such medical attire may make you over heat, but it will help maintain a clinical atmosphere and boundaries.  Here laundry will not be a problem as the centre will have good facilities or a hired service, this is good as you change at work before and after your work day.

Synthetic clothing interferes with energy flow, cotton is best.

In your own massage business

Dress to please please yourself and your clients mindful of simplifying life, reducing laundry work and bills. The ever popular the sarong is one of the worlds most practical garments for men and women.  Most home therapists will dress comfortably with less starch than the commercial clinician to find a balance that's comfortable to wear and reassuring for clients.

When you have big boobs

Some women are blessed but some feel cursed by having larger than average breasts and when massaging, it's almost impossible to prevent breasts pressing or sliding against clients bodies. So how do you deal with this and prevent over heating?

In a perfect world without moral judgement and sexualisation, a woman could simply be topless and remain focused on the massage. But unfortunately morality and sexualisation dominates to the extent that most women feel compelled to hide their boobs behind several layers of clothing.

When it comes to massage, you either have to take particular care that your breasts do not come in contact with the client or that you wear a light soft material that does not scratch or irritate the skin during those occasional periods of contact.

Should one wear a bra while massaging?

Obviously not if you are a guy, but women need to find their own level of comfort as well as freedom of movement.  While a bra may contain your breasts, all the evidence shows that they do nothing for your health.  Any bra that is too tight will restrict your breathing and there are times when underwire bras especially interfere with the massage (For instance when you're standing above the head and massaging down over the chest).  Women who are comfortable and can work without a bra are more relaxed and balanced in their bodies and if you must wear one, wear a seamless variety as the seams can scratch.


So essential for the beach and much easier to launder than towels. Handy to wear around the home, sarongs are great for lounging around in nothing could be more appropriate and they can also be very sexy. As you don't have to get in and out of them like shorts, skirts, or sundresses, they can be tied in many ways or opened as a sheet for that afternoon nap or if you're a naturist, kept handy to answer the door.

The sarong can be tied many ways and worn simply as a skirt with your choice of top.  The mini sarong (approximately 66" x 22" inches) is the versatile and not too short a skirt for massage work or any social occasion and unlike shorts or tight skirts, they allow free movement and aren't going to hobble you if you have to move quickly.

back body massage

Life's more real when naked performing recreational massage

Typically the large sarong is a large (6x4 foot) length of colourful fabric that can wrapped around the waist as a skirt, tied above the bust or behind the neck. They come in a myriad of fabrics with beautiful colours. By learning the different way of tying sarongs, the one sarong becomes many garments.

We have both long and short sarongs and a variety of colours and are known by other names in other parts of the world, including Kangas in Africa, Pareos in South Pacific region, A Sri, or sari in India, Wraps in USA.

What ever you wear, cotton is best and
most therapy work is best done barefoot

How to tie and wear sarongs

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