Draping refers to the coverage of a client either by clothes or linens during a bodywork session.
The Washington Administrative Code, WAC 246-830-560, requires proper draping during sessions. Draping requirements involve coverage of the lower body, specifically in the area of the genitals and buttocks, and the breast area. Clients may consent to have their breast area undraped but the breast area may ONLY be uncovered with explicit consent.
The Soma Institute adheres to the following policies for any clinic or workshop setting:
Females or those who identify as female will have their breasts covered during sessions
Males or those who identify as male may consent to be bare chested during sessions
Gender non-binary individuals may consent to be bare chested during sessions
The Soma Institute reserves the right to require draping/coverage even if consent is given to be bare chested.
With respect to draping and coverage:
- I understand the need for proper draping during sessions.
- I understand draping and coverage apply to when I am on the table or when I am standing or walking around as part of the session.
- I understand I am responsible for wearing, at a minimum, an undergarment or shorts on my lower body.
- If I am male, identify as male, or are gender non-binary I understand I may give consent for my upper body to be undraped
- I understand I am NOT REQUIRED to give consent for my upper body to be undraped.
- I understand an article of clothing will be used as a drape for my upper body if my breast area is draped.
- I understand the Soma Institute may require draping/coverage even if consent is given to be bare chested.