“…What Shall I Wear…”
By Sharon Truelove
In the workplace, whether as employee or self-employed, a dress code is used for maintaining a professional appearance. The more professional you appear, the more top-end client you can attract. If you are not working for yourself, the type of setting will probably dictate what you wear…medical, spa, salon, hospital, ect.
In the medical setting, scrubs are common attire. They may even be supplied by the employer. Spa settings tend to dictate what color is worn, leaving more free choice of what you wear. Some clinics require that a shirt w/the company logo be worn. In private settings, of course, you may wear whatever you think is appropriate.
Listed here, are some helpful guidelines.
What NOT to wear:
Open toed shoes
Oversized sweat pants and/or t-shirts
Clothes that are revealing in any way
What to consider:
Clothes that allow stretching & working from the core
Shoes that support
For women, especially large breasted, a good supportive bra is important
Going barefoot is not good on your back, but if you absolutely must go barefoot-
remember that your client will be able to see your feet through the face cradle
when prone—so, make sure you get regular pedicures
For men, dress casual pants w/a belt and polo is very common
Pockets are convenient on scrubs or aprons, but make sure you don’t “jingle” (loose
coins or other noisey items)
Many professional therapists have agreed that the least successful attire were baggy sweats & t-shirts.
Take a minute and if you are really brave, tell us what was the most inappropriate outfit you have seen anyone massage in…keep it clean! And please, WHY do you think it was inappropriate?