Conversation about Draping
Hi everybody!! Recently, I have been asked by potential clients about the notion of minimal draping and no draping. I understand that there are those whose body temperatures run hot, and having draping, whether it is a sheet and/or blanket placed on top of them is too much to bear. It just gets too uncomfortably hot. And for others who do not run hot, having a covering is too suffocatingly uncomfortable. I understand. I also respect each clients draping preference.
Having a conversation about minimal draping is possible if it works within typical massage guidelines. According to those guidelines, most all of the human body is able to be massaged uncovered, without written consent. But there are three areas of the body that need clarification.
Two of the areas that can be massaged, uncovered, do need written consent. Those two areas are specifically the breasts of women and the gluteals of both men and women. There are great reasons to massage both these areas as it relates to trigger-point release of the muscles and structures underlying those areas, etc. Again, these two areas need written consent for massage without draping. Those are great guidelines, because they ensure the safety and respect of each client, as well as the bodywork to make these areas more healthy.
The continuing intent of the guidelines, is to cover each breast and each gluteal once the massage of these areas is completed. In regards to enjoying a “minimal” feeling, lighter and more breathable fabric can be used to meet guidelines and to also ensure client comfort.
As it regards the concept of “no draping”. There is a third area according to guidelines, that is not to be uncovered even with written consent. This area is the lower pelvic area, more specifically: the vagina/genitals. This portion of the massage guidelines was put in place again, to ensure the safety and respect of each client.
Even though we can have a conversation about “minimal” draping, there isn’t a way to have one regarding “ no draping”.
I appreciate everyone’s interest and questions concerning this topic. I do have a “draping preference sheet” that we can talk through together in order to meet your expectations. I am sure that we can design a massage session that not only meets your expectations but also my guidelines as well. Thank you again for lifting up this important topic. Hope to see you soon! John