by Amelia Free.
Many people avoid or delay receiving bodywork and massage out of fear of being required to undress. Such a fear should never stand in your way of experiencing the benefits of bodywork.
My own mother never received her first massage session until she was 65 years old due to the fact that she was self-conscious about her body and the fact that she had varicose veins, cellulite, many scars from surgical procedures and, culturally, because she was raised in an era of conventional ideas of modesty.
It was, indeed, wonderful for me, as her daughter, for my own mother to finally receive healing in the massage and bodywork arts (not from me, but another practitioner) after so many years of avoiding it and suffering needlessly from that avoidance. I smiled at her joy at its benefits. She experienced relief from long-term arthritic and chronic pain and years of disturbed sleep patterns because of them to enjoy a more relaxed state of being. She did, indeed, “make the leap” into unclothing for a bodywork session, knowing that, as all massage therapists are trained to do, appropriate draping and respect for her limitations were honored.
However, that “leap” into undressing is not necessary at all to receive and enjoy a healing bodywork session. Many modalities, from zen shiatsu to craniosacral therapy and myofascial therapy, can be and are done with the client fully clothed on the table . . . with wonderful results in relief from pain and greater, over-all functioning and participation in daily living skills and other activities.
To those who have been holding back from such healing techniques perhaps because of the perceived “requirement” that undressing is necessary to receive bodywork, I strongly encourage you to “take the leap” and receive the benefits of bodywork fully clothed.
High Desert Healthcare and Massage is staffed by professional bodyworkers who are experienced and skilled in meeting all of your needs, with different modalities to working with you at your level of personal comfort.