HOW FAR SHOULD I UNDRESS FOR A MASSAGE?
You should undress to your desired level of comfort. However, any massage therapy on the gluteus muscle region, to address hip and low back pain, is best performed on direct tissue for effective results.
The majority of my clients prefer to be completely undressed as they are receiving work on the gluteus with underlying muscle groups such as gemellus, obturator, and the piriformis. Other clients opt to keep their undergarments on with the knowledge I will not be addressing these muscle groups.
Please keep in mind that should you choose to keep undergarments on, briefs, bikini, or thong styles are advised. The length of both boxer shorts and boxer-briefs prohibits access to attachment points of the "hamstrings", quadratus femoris, iliotibial tract, tensor fasciae latae, and other muscle groups of the upper leg.