Preparing For A Massage

Clients we’ve spoken to who have discovered the Benefits of Massage later in life typically tell us they wish they would have overcome their hesitations on massage long before they did so they could have experienced the benefits much sooner.  When we’ve asked them about their hesitations, their answers typically relate to them not knowing what to expect and being nervous about undressing or personal privacy.

Here are some tips to consider before your arrival at the spa that will help you relax and thoroughly enjoy your experience:

  • Schedule Your Session With the Appropriate Therapist – Our spa offers a variety of massage techniques, most of which all our therapists can perform; however, you may prefer working with a female over a male therapist or vice versa.  We have both male and female therapists on staff, so let us know your preference at the time you schedule your appointment.
  • Prepare Your Body With a Bath or Shower – This not only helps loosen muscles, but many patrons feel more comfortable knowing their body is freshly clean and they’re not worried by any occasional body aromas.   You may also want to reduce your application of  makeup, perfumes or other skin lotions.
  • Reduce Your Intake of Caffeine and Alcohol the Day of Your Treatment – These can add high levels of toxins in the blood which is what the massage process works to reduce.
  • Eat Lightly – This is particularly important if your massage is after lunch.  While working on your back and shoulders, the therapist will have you lie on your stomach and if you’re overly full from a recent meal, you may be uncomfortable in this position.  Having a light meal will satisfy any feelings of hunger allowing you to focus on the overall therapy at hand.
  • Bring Along Touch-Up Supplies If Needed –  It’s best if you can schedule your massage with time afterwards to continue relaxing, like going home for the evening and taking a hot mineral bath.  However, if you’re returning to work after your massage, you may want to bring along the basic makeup and hair supplies to do a quick freshen-up before you leave the spa.

Once you’re at the spa, you’ll be taken to a private, softly lit room prepared for your relaxation.  Only you and your therapist will be in the room during your massage unless you’re participating in a Couple’s Massage which would include you and a guest and two therapists.  You will be given a few moments to disrobe to your desired comfort level based on the massage you’re getting and lie on the massage table covered by the sheets and blankets provided. (Reflexology only needs to remove shoes and socks.  Other massage types benefit from having the back and shoulder area bare as well as legs and feet.  Many clients choose to keep their other undergarments on).

Before the therapist begins he/she will consult with you to identify any troubled spots or areas they need to give added attention.   Your body is covered with the top sheet at all times during your treatment.  Treatment areas include the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, upper chest (shoulder area), feet, calves, and thighs.  The massage therapist will only uncover the part of the body he/she is working on, ensuring your modesty is respected at all times.

If you have more specific questions or concerns, simply ask our staff when making your appointment and we’ll be happy to address them.  Your well-being is our ultimate goal and we certainly look forward to helping you enjoy your experience.

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