The mushrooming of massage parlors at every nook and corner is ample proof of the popularity of the massage therapy. A terrific relaxer and rejuvenator of mind and body, it is emerging as the ultimate panacea for the stress and depression of the modern lifestyle. Despite this, many people are apprehensive about it. The most significant concern for many is the belief that they would need to be completely nude. However, this fear is smoothly addressed by draping technique used during a massage therapy session.
What is draping?
Draping is the technique of covering the person receiving the massage in such a way that he/she can seamlessly receive the massage as well as feel secure, comfortable and safe with his/her dignity intact. It is primarily a client-therapist consideration but is an art and skill that must be mastered by the massage therapist. The quick and deft way in which the masseur will handle draping will automatically boost the client’s confidence, make him feel comfortable and ultimately help him relax.
Styles of Draping
Draping can be essentially of two types. They are:
- Conservative draping
This is the most common type of draping and is meant for all those people who are uncomfortable with nudity. The entire body of the client is covered with a sheet and only that portion of the body exposed like back or legs at a single time so that the area can be massaged. For the newbies and people who do not feel comfortable being completely nude, clothing like an undergarment, camisole, spaghetti etc. can be adorned after consultation with the masseur. The idea is to be comfortable with the body part that is left exposed. Even if you are completely nude under the sheet and are comfortable with exposing your back or legs, you can refuse to expose your sensitive areas like your buttocks. The masseur can then give the massage by taking his hands under the sheet and keeping you covered. Once discussed properly and right expectations set, the therapist easily adjusts the draping level to the client’s comfort level. It must be kept in mind that because of the restrictive nature of the draping; the masseur might skip some areas for which you are not comfortable. Furthermore, in some areas, he might predominantly use techniques like compression to respect the line drawn by you.
- Therapeutic draping
With this method of draping, a masseur has greater access to muscles and body areas. Most therapeutic massages require this type of draping. This can be easily adapted to once a person has undergone a session or two and has grown comfortable with leaving himself with minimal to no clothes in front of his masseur. The patient remains covered with a drape at all times here as well at all times. However, he/ she is no longer uncomfortable about leaving bare body parts like chest, breasts, buttocks etc. to the masseur so that he can massage the area using correct techniques and render maximum benefits. In most cases, for optimal effectiveness, the client needs to be nude under the sheet in this type of draping.
Draping goes a long way in providing a safe and respectful touch to the client. It is a standard practice and a mandatory legal requirement in the U. S. for the massage industry. It is this technique that lends confidence to many people to enjoy the joys of a massage therapy session.