An Australian massage, spa, and sauna experience is very different from what we’re used to in the US and much of the Western world.
Being nude is normal in the sauna, and you may also be asked to undress for a massage.
You will be draped with a sheet or towel during the massage and of course, you can speak up and say you’re not comfortable with it.
But it’s definitely a point of concern for first-timers and non-native Austrians.
Austria Massage Etiquette
There are some do’s and don’ts and general etiquette rules to be aware of when visiting an Austrian massage and spa.
Some of the do’s are:
- Always shower before and after your massage.
- Make sure to remove any jewelry or piercings you may be wearing before the massage.
- Wear clean, loose-fitting clothes to the massage.
- Speak up if something doesn’t feel right or you would like more pressure.
- Be mindful of others while walking around a spa.
On the other hand, some of the don’ts are:
- Don’t be late for your appointment.
- Don’t talk during the massage unless you have to.
- Don’t use your phone while walking around the spa.
Be sure to follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to have a pleasant experience.
Austria Massage Etiquette also includes taking care of the therapist. Be sure to tip your therapist for a job well done and thank them after the massage.
Austrians are known for their hospitality, so don’t be surprised if they offer you a beverage or snack after your massage.
Lastly, remember to keep conversation at a minimum while you’re getting a massage to allow the therapist to concentrate on their work.
Can You Wear a Towel in An Austrian Sauna?
Yes, you can wear a towel in an Austrian sauna.
It’s recommended – at least in the saunas I’ve been in – that you don’t wear clothes in a sauna.
You can wear a swimming costume or just go with a towel, but don’t be surprised to see others in the sauna with no clothes on at all.
It’s just a matter of preference, and you’ll either be able to find towels near the sauna entrance or there will be a sign asking you to bring your own.
First time or not, remember, be respectful, and don’t stare!
Do You Have to Be Nude While Having an Austrian Massage?
No, you don’t have to be nude while having an Austrian massage – or any massage for that matter, you always have an option.
You can be nude if you want to, however, but you don’t need to worry about being exposed.
You will typically be draped with a sheet or towel during the massage and only your specific area of focus will be uncovered.
If at any point you feel uncomfortable then please speak up and let the masseuse know so they can adjust the draping accordingly.
At the end of the massage, you’ll be asked to take a few moments to get dressed before leaving the room.
It’s important to remember that these guidelines are in place for your comfort and safety and should be followed at all times.
Don’t Forget to Check the Rules for The Spa You’re Visiting
I’ve covered the general guidelines and typical etiquette for Austrian massages, spas, and saunas.
However, it’s important to remember that each spa or massage place can have its own set of rules and regulations, so be sure to check those before booking your appointment.
This is especially important for saunas and spas that don’t offer draping for massage treatments.
Also, if you’re not comfortable with the idea of being nude in a sauna, you can always bring your own swimsuit and towel.
Oh, and a final tip, if you can find a spa with a naturally occurring hot spring you’re in for a real treat!
Not only are the temperatures higher and the mineral content more concentrated but it’s a unique and luxurious experience.
You’ll end up feeling like you’ve really had a proper spa day.
So enjoy your Austrian massage and the many benefits it can bring, but keep these etiquette tips in mind so you can have the best experience possible.
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.