Undraped Massages- do they violate st...

Undraped Massages- do they violate state ethics laws

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Reggie

Arlington, VA

#1 Aug 12, 2010
I have read that all licensed massage therapists must use draping during therapy. However, I have had massages from six different therapists in the last 10 years, and only one did draping, and that was optional once you had been for more than two visits.

None of the therapists offered sex, so it wasn't a sexual thing. Does anyone know the law. Has anyone had a similar experience?

People equate undraped massage with sex, but I don't think they should.
CONSERVATIVE

Jefferson, GA

#2 Aug 14, 2010
Reggie wrote:
I have read that all licensed massage therapists must use draping during therapy. However, I have had massages from six different therapists in the last 10 years, and only one did draping, and that was optional once you had been for more than two visits.
None of the therapists offered sex, so it wasn't a sexual thing. Does anyone know the law. Has anyone had a similar experience?
People equate undraped massage with sex, but I don't think they should.
What goes on behind closed doors with CONSENTING ADULTS is no ones business. ESPECIALLY the gov'ts. While I don't agree with homosexuality, it's none of my busniness what they do behind closed doors, even if I find it repugnant.
Gary

Arlington, TX

#3 Feb 25, 2011
I have old injuries to upper leg hip and pelvis. I can Get a medical massage exempt from drapeing laws much like a doctor can see or touch any part of you. But I see no reason for anyone to not be able to choose what drapeing they want. Seems that noone trys to harrass any of the gay male for male therapist. Just something I've noticed thanks Gary
Mack_16

United States

#4 Apr 18, 2011
Where I live the only place I know of where you can get undraped massage is an Asian Massage Parlor. I am thinking you could probably also get it from an occasional solo practitioner, although it is illegal. The trust factor would have to be very high; however, if she were reported to the state board, she could lose her license.

I hardly see how one could build up that much trust after the second or third visit. Of course, I suppose if the massage therapist likes you and you say, I will be a regular customer if you give me undraped massage, and don't worry, I will not ask for any sexual favors, then she might say "Yes". However, she is taking a high degree of risk.
I have an opinion too

United States

#5 Jun 23, 2011
Reggie wrote:
I have read that all licensed massage therapists must use draping during therapy. However, I have had massages from six different therapists in the last 10 years, and only one did draping, and that was optional once you had been for more than two visits.
None of the therapists offered sex, so it wasn't a sexual thing. Does anyone know the law. Has anyone had a similar experience?
People equate undraped massage with sex, but I don't think they should.
I agree, undraped massage does not mean sex or a hand job or groping or anything of the sort. Quite frankly, I think a lot of men would be happier if they could consistently get a nude massage from a licensed practitioner who has a full skill package. When a man goes to a parlor it is all about excitement and usually the massage therapist is not as skilled as a locally trained licensed massage therapist. And then there is the language barrier, often one cannot have a decent conversation with them. If you get the hand job or grope the masseuse, et cetera, you will end up leaving a bigger tip than you would for just a nude massage, and you feel shame to boot. Not worth it.
I have an opinion too

United States

#6 Jun 23, 2011
Reggie wrote:
I have read that all licensed massage therapists must use draping during therapy. However, I have had massages from six different therapists in the last 10 years, and only one did draping, and that was optional once you had been for more than two visits.
None of the therapists offered sex, so it wasn't a sexual thing. Does anyone know the law. Has anyone had a similar experience?
People equate undraped massage with sex, but I don't think they should.
I think if one wants to get a nude massage (no extras) from a skilled Licensed Massage Therapist (in the good old USA) his best bet is to learn about it from a buddy or to look on Craigslist.

I am thinking a lot of individual practitioners who advertise on Craigslist know they will attract men who have had the traditional Asian massage with extras, so they will be in line for an increase in income by doing nude massages the same men can't get at a mainstream massage spa.

Men will come back to these therapists as they will not feel the shame that goes with the hand job or grope a dope massage one gets at a parlor. And one can leave a smaller tip too. And the massage is almost always better, because the therapist is fully trained; usually the massage parlor therapists give a below average to average massage. Sometimes they are very good, but that is the exception, not the norm.
ChynaDarling

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Aug 10, 2013
Reggie wrote:
I have read that all licensed massage therapists must use draping during therapy. However, I have had massages from six different therapists in the last 10 years, and only one did draping, and that was optional once you had been for more than two visits.
None of the therapists offered sex, so it wasn't a sexual thing. Does anyone know the law. Has anyone had a similar experience?
People equate undraped massage with sex, but I don't think they should.
I agree. IF you chose to be without draping and if the therapist is comfortable with it, why not?
Dean

Monroe, LA

#8 Mar 31, 2014
In Texas draping is optional if both the client and practitioner agree. I have had hundreds of massages over the last 30 years with no draping. It isn't a big deal.
TedS

Halsey, OR

#9 Feb 28, 2015
My very first therapist didn't bother with drape, she just hated to do laundry. She was older than me (and also bigger) and after the 1st session I got used to that, she was my one and only therapist for a decade.
Then when I visited a different LMT about 10 years later I hopped on the table nude, not even thinking about it.
That caused some upset ..*LOL** Since then I have gone to perhaps 40 different ones,(they quit, they move, get married on and on) One was a guy and he was gay which I found out by surprise, and I am...NOT!
Still, tying diapers and fiddling with sheets and towels drive me nuts. AndI have a wife, so I want my junk left alone. Maybe different from some but I am faithful. The wife and I sometimes get tandems from a couple we know, she gets nude too so it's NBD.
Now after 5-6 sessions I just ask politely.
Most have no problem, even though here in Oregon it is unlawful. Best to develop trust, to a real therapist we are just flesh and a job to try and help.

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