For first time spa goers, being nude can be an embarrassing issue. Actually, the most common questions about proper spa etiquette revolved around being nude. Some people are reluctant to get a massage because they do not feel comfortable being nude in front of strangers. So, do you really have to be nude at the spa?
Usually a massage or any spa body treatments are done in the nude, however modesty is always respected. You are in control of your experience, so you can wear underwear if it makes you feel more comfortable. However, most draping techniques used at spas will not leave you exposed to the masseuse anyway. In European spas, they are much more relaxed about being nude and they do not use elaborate draping techniques. Also, men and women typically take steam and sauna bath together, nude. A Swedish Massage usually requires you to be nude as well. Still, if you have any issues about being nude, take a deep breath; it is easier than you think. You enter into a private, dimly lit treatment room and take your robe off. Slip in between the sheets on the massage table while the masseuse is out of the room. The masseuse will knock before entering so do not worry about being caught in an awkward position. During the massage the draping technique will be used which only exposes the parts of the body which are being massaged, such as your back, arm, or legs. Your private areas will never be exposed. If you need your buttocks massaged, it can be done through the sheet if you prefer and you can wear underwear as well. If you still feel nervous about being nude, there are types of massages where you can stay fully clothed such as reflexology or Thai massage. A warning to all men, being nude does not mean you will be getting a sensual massage and it is a breach of spa etiquette to ask for one.
If you are still uneasy about being nude, perhaps think twice about getting a body treatment. Although you may not have to be completely nude, body treatments do require more exposure. Always talk to the receptionist before a treatment to see what level of nudity is required. If you are still worried about being nude, skip the body treatment and enjoy a facial or manicure. Check out our spa hotel London and look for our spa deal in London.