The draping is the coverings (sheets/blankets) that are on top of the client
when they are on the table. The therapist is skilled in moving the draping in
such a way as to allow access to your muscles to be massaged without exposing
your private area.
There are also different styles of draping. Where the two styles differ is draping the back of the leg and the lower back. I have termed the two styles as therapeutic and conservative draping.
THERAPEUTIC This type of draping allows greater access to the muscles, therefore it is more therapeutically beneficial because the therapist can massage more of the muscle to include the insertion and origin of the muscle. This type of draping would be good for someone who is more comfortable with more of their body being exposed during a massage (remember, private areas are always covered). The back of the leg is uncovered along with the back of the hip (the butt cheek). The lower back is also uncovered down to the middle of the gluteus muscle. This style of draping allows for the full hamstrings to be massaged as well as the gluteus muscle and the full lower back muscles. Also, for this style of draping to be effective, the client should be nude under the draping.
It takes more of a comfort level to allow the therapist to use this type of draping. So if you are not comfortable with it then opt for the conservative draping. If you are comfortable with it then you will find the massage to be more beneficial with this style of draping.
CONSERVATIVE This type of draping is used for people who just do not feel that comfortable being nude under the draping. Just remember, there is nothing wrong with keeping any clothing on to allow you to feel comfortable. Your comfort level is the most important thing here. So if you are not as comfortable, then ask the therapist to keep the draping more conservative. And if while the massage is taking place you feel uncomfortable with how you are being draped, then tell that to the therapist and they should adjust the draping to your comfort level.
Now because more surface area is being covered with draping, the therapist
may use more compression to work these areas or they may skip some areas all
together based on your preferences.