2 Reasons Why I Don't Care if You Shave

Every week a massage therapy client (or two, or three) expresses that they are self-conscious about unshaven body hair during their appointment.

I get it totally get it. But, I also don't care. And here's why:


Massage therapy is therapy.

You're here to help decrease acute or chronic pain. Encourage better range of motion. Better manage the stresses of life. To just feel good. Or all of the above.

Your physical appearance isn't important to achieving those goals.

You could roll in without hair all messed up, not a single body area shaven, and donning your oldest most embarrassing sweat pants.

And that would be just fine. I would still ask you my standard line, "Alright, how are you, and what would you like me to work on today?"

If you come with make up on, it'll probably get messed up.

If you take the time to really style your hair, you'll likely leave with another style entirely.

If you pick out a sharp outfit, you'll either remove it, or it'll be under the linens anyway.

When it comes to unshaven hair I hear, "Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry for my hairy legs!" on the regular.

But really, it's no biggy. And absolutely no need to apologize.

The time you are in my office is about your health and well being, not your fashion, beauty, style, or state of hair growth.


Especially if you have sensitive skin, you might want to forgo the shaving/waxing routine all together and leave your outgrowth or stubble intact.

Massage therapy often involves some degree of friction, and for freshly shaved skin, that could likely lead to irritation or itchiness.

And who wants to be irritated during a massage?

There's lots of ways to get ready for your massage that are more useful than removing hair. Skip the shave or wax and enjoy a nice cup of tea, a long hot soak in the tub, or a light walk instead.

So there we have it. I don't care if you shave. And you don't have to either.

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Hey there! My name's Raechel. I'm the author of The Bodies We Live In blog; a licensed massage therapist and owner of Massage Sci; an NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider and curator of Torchlight Massage, home of my ebooks. 


In my free time, I enjoy writing about self-care; researching pain science; trying to grow things in my garden; being far too fond of semi-colons; and avid sci-fi nerding.