Spa Etiquette: What to Wear for a Massage


Last week, I had the pleasure of being pounded and stoned. (Wait, that doesn't sound right.) I'm talking about a massage, and the one I had at San Francisco's Nob Hill Spa was as therapeutic as it was luxurious. But before the treatment, I watched a spa newbie try to figure out what, exactly, to do with her robe. So if you're unsure like she was, here are a few guidelines to make your massage treatment flow smoothly.

  • In the room: After you change from street clothes into a robe, your massage therapist will lead you to your treatment room. He or she will then give you a moment to slip out of the robe and into the sheets on the massage table.

  • What to wear: Most people like to be completely nude underneath the sheets, but others prefer to leave their underpants on. Either way is fine; your massage therapist won't mind one way or the other.

  • Ditch the bra, though: Again, it won't be weird if you wear your bra during the massage, but it will severely hinder the therapist's abilities — which means that your massage won't be as good as it should be. You'll be on your stomach for the most part, so your chest will be concealed. When it's time for you to flip over, the therapist will block your body by holding up the sheet, with no risk of booby display.

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