It has happened! You walk in for your spa appointment and the woman at the Guest Service Desk asks, “Would you care to change into a robe today?”. You immediately think, “um, well what does that mean?.” The Guest Service Rep then explains that you can change into a robe or change in and out of your clothes within the treatment room when the therapist has stepped out. You end up choosing the robe and head to the locker room and then panic sets in. You think to yourself, “Am I suppose to get naked?”, “Should I leave on my bra, underwear?”, “What about my socks?”. You think about the message keeping or taking off your clothes will send to the therapist. You think about whether you shaved your armpits, legs, toes (yes sometimes people worry about their toes). You think about laying on a table NAKED! Well I am here to help you make a decision that feels appropriate for you and to provide you with some much needed information on the services and the providers to help ease your thoughts.
First and foremost, during any service you receive at Kneaded Relief, our professional staff is trained to properly drape you. Nothing will show that shouldn’t be shown. Your privacy is well respected at all times.
Secondly, regardless of the service (except for waxing), the therapist is paying no attention to whether or not an armpit, leg, toe or anything else has been shaved or waxed. With or without hair the therapist is able to perform the service.
Third, if you are requesting in a massage service for an area to be worked on, the therapist can and will work around a clothing item; however without it there the therapist does not have to make the adjustment for the clothing being on the body. So if you feel comfier having it on, keep it on, but if you take it off then the therapist will be able to work a bit more seamlessly without it.
Next, because we always appropriately drape the body, the therapist does not care if you leave on or take off your underwear. They aren’t judging your style of undergarments or lack there of. They are there to provide a service that helps your wellness.
When it comes to hydrotherapy services, all of our hydrotherapy units are private. Swimsuits are then a personal option but not a necessity. Also, all of our hydrotherapy units are cleaned and sterilized between each use.
Finally, as a client, you should feel comfortable during a service and not thinking the entire time about whether or not you should be wearing your undergarments. So do whatever will allow you to relax the most. There is nothing worse then spending your hard earned money on a service and instead of focusing in on the experience you find your mind circulating on the fact that you kept your socks on.
My hope now is for every guest who walks through our door to field the robe question with much more confidence. And if you still are unsure, ask your therapist or a guest service member what is the main focus areas in that type of service you are receiving (i.e. back and shoulders in a 30 minute massage, or face and neck in a facial) and they can let you know what will most likely be exposed and then you can make a quick shift if necessary.