The Naked Truth : What if I forget to shave before a massage?

The Naked Truth : What if I forget to shave before a massage?


Ah, the pre-massage ritual.

Shower, check.

Cozy clothes, check.

Deep breaths, check.

Shave… wait, shave?!


A sinking feeling grips your stomach as you realize, in all your excitement for the impending relaxation, you’ve committed the cardinal sin – forgetting to shave. Panic sets in, visions of disapproving stares and hairy awkwardness flash in your mind. Fear not, my follicly-concerned friend, for this article delves into the “what if” of forgetting to shave before your massage, debunking myths and easing your anxieties.
Now let’s take a deep breath and untangle this knotty situation.


First things first, let’s dispel the myth: your body hair is not a massage faux-pas. Whether you sport a full-fledged forest or a sleek meadow, massage therapists are trained professionals who have seen it all. They’re not judging your stubble; and they aren’t even thinking about it, either. They’re focused on relieving your knots, not critiquing your follicles.

So, why the apprehension? Societal expectations and the smooth-skin ideal often lead to self-consciousness. Historically, shaved legs became synonymous with femininity and hygiene, heavily influenced by advertising and societal norms. This association then subtly seeped into the massage realm, creating an unspoken expectation of smooth skin. However, it’s crucial to remember that these are arbitrary constructs, as this article in The Oracle examines. Your body hair is as natural and healthy as your heartbeat, and expecting yourself to conform to outdated beauty standards for a simple massage is unnecessary pressure.

Instead, let’s reclaim the massage experience. Approach it as a journey of self-care and relaxation, not a hair inspection. Your therapist sees beyond the surface, focusing on your well-being and releasing tension, not judging your shaving habits.

But what about the practical concerns? Some might have you believe that hairy legs  might present a slight logistical hurdle. WRONG. Massage oils are there to remove any extra drag on your skin from hair. The only concern one MIGHT have are that some techniques, like deep tissue work, might feel tuggy. This is where communication comes in. Don’t hesitate to tell your therapist about your hair situation and if the massage feels ok. They can adjust their techniques and choose oils that glide more easily.

Now, let’s explore some scenarios:

  • The Full-Body Forest: You haven’t shaved in weeks, and your inner yeti is grinning from ear to ear. Don’t worry, your therapist will navigate the jungle with ease. They’ll use more oil and adjust their pressure to ensure a smooth, comfortable experience.
  • The Stubble Patch: You forgot your pre-massage shave, and a prickly forest of stubble adorns your legs. No sweat! Again, communication is key. Mention the stubble, and your therapist can choose the appropriate techniques and oils to avoid any scratchiness.
  • The Selective Shave: You shaved some areas, but not others. Maybe your legs are smooth, but your underarms are au-naturale. No need to panic! Your therapist will simply work on the unshaved areas with more oil, easy peasy. They will be focusing on the areas you want massaged not the areas with more or less hair.

Here’s the bottom line: forgetting to shave before a massage is not a catastrophe. It’s not even a minor hiccup in your journey towards relaxation. Remember, your therapist is there to help you unwind, not scrutinize your body hair. Embrace your natural state, communicate openly, and focus on enjoying the experience.

Beyond the physical, there are deeper lessons to be learned:

  • Body positivity: This experience can be a reminder to embrace your body, hair and all. Your unique form deserves love and appreciation, regardless of societal expectations.
  • Communication is key: If you’re feeling nervous, a quick heads-up to your therapist before the session can ease your anxiety, and ensure a smooth and comfortable experience. They’ll appreciate your honesty and reassure you that it’s no big deal.
  • Relax and let go: Don’t let self-consciousness steal your massage zen. Focus on the present moment, the skilled hands working their magic, and let go of any anxieties about your body. Embrace the freedom of not having to conform to societal expectations! 

So, take a deep breath, shed any lingering worries about your hair, and embrace the blissful journey towards relaxation. After all, a good massage is about more than just smooth skin; it’s about reconnecting with your body and finding inner tranquility. And that, my possibly hairy friend, is a beautiful thing, indeed.

Bonus tips:

  • If you’re still feeling self-conscious, consider wearing loose-fitting clothing to your massage.
  • Pack some wipes or a travel-sized razor for a quick pre-massage touch-up, if desired.
  • Choose a therapist with positive reviews and a body-positive approach (like our therapists at Salvation Wellness!)
  • Above all, relax and enjoy the experience! Your body hair is nothing to be ashamed of.

Remember, the only thing that should be knotty in your massage are your tense muscles, not your hair. So go forth, embrace your follicles, and let the magic of massage melt your worries away.


P.S. If you’re curious about other pre-massage etiquette, here are some bonus tips:

  • Arrive a few minutes early to settle in and relax.
  • Communicate any areas of discomfort or specific requests.
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your massage.
  • Tipping your therapist is customary, but not mandatory. Check out this article for more details
  • Most importantly, enjoy the experience!

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