Many of our clients have never tried massage. Some are sure they would not like it; others have thought about it, but just haven't dared try it yet. Because there seems to be some mystery regarding massage, I'm going to try and put it all out in the open for you. If you have a question that isn't covered here, please email me.
1. Stress and tensions are relieved. With the relief of tension and stress, you feel better able to cope with day-to-day situations.
2. Mental and physical fatigue is relieved, leaving renewed energy and ambition.
3. Pain in the shoulders, neck, and back (usually caused by strained muscles or irritated nerves) is relieved.
4. Muscles and joints become more supple. Soreness and stiffness are relieved.
5. Muscle soreness from overexertion can be reduced or prevented.
6. Circulation is improved, thus improving skin tone.
7. Digestion, assimilation, and elimination are often improved.
8. Facial massage tones the skin, helps prevent blemished skin, and softens fine lines. (Great plug for getting a facial!)
9. Headache and eyestrain are often relieved.
10. Deep relaxation is induced and insomnia relieved.
11. Muscular spasms are relieved.
12. Obesity and flabby muscles can be improved when combined with proper exercise and diet programs. (Our body wrap for cellulite also recommends getting massage in between treaments for the best results.)
13. Pain in joints, sprains, and poor circulation are relieved.
14. Increased circulation of nourishing blood to the skin and other parts of the body encourages healing.
15. Mental strain is reduced, resulting in better productivity.
16. Mildly high blood pressure is temporarily reduced.
17. Renewed sense of confidence and control is experienced.
18. Constrictions and adhesions can be reduced or prevented as traumatized muscle tissue heals.
19. Joint mobility is increased.
Taken from Milady's Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage by Mark F. Beck, 1999)
We typically recommend getting a massage once a month. Your therapist may recommend returning more or less frequently, depending on your needs.
What to Expect
When you arrive, you will fill out a card with some of your health history and preferences. After introductions, our therapist will talk to you about what you wrote on the card and ask about any problems you may be experiencing. The therapist will then tell you to undress to your level of comfort, and will leave the room so that you can undress, lie down on the massage table, and cover yourself with the sheets and blankets. Before re-entering the room, the therapist will knock to make sure that you are covered and ready.
What does "undress to your level of comfort" mean? It all depends on you. To get the most benefit from your massage, we recommend you undress all the way. You will be in-between two sheets and also covered with a blanket. At no time will the covers be completely removed. Instead, the therapist will uncover an area at a time to massage, leaving the sheets and blankets secured around the rest of your body.
If you prefer to wear underwear so you feel more safe, that is also perfectly fine. You will still be covered by the sheets and blankets. Some men prefer to wear compression shorts or sports shorts during a massage. Again, this is fine. We want you to be comfortable and will adapt the massage around the clothing you have on. If you don't want to remove any article of clothing, our ModMassage is a good choice for you.
We recommend you communicate with your therapist throughout your massage, as necessary. What could be good pressure at first in one area, might be too much or not enough in another area. If you have a really sore spot, or somewhere you carry a lot of tension, let the therapist know. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Massage therapists are full of knowledge and understand how your body functions. You can also get more benefit if you understand what the therapist is doing. However, don't feel like you need to chitchat. If the pressure is okay for you and you don't have any questions to ask, just relax and breathe. No other conversation is necessary.
When the massage is finished, the therapist will leave the room to allow you time to dress and gather your belongings. As you exit the therapy room, we will provide drinking water for you to take with you. The therapist may recommend some stretching exercises or a product for you to use at home. This is also a good time for you to ask any other questions you may have.
Payment & Gratuity
We generally settle your bill after your massage, but you can also pay before the massage if you prefer. Just let us know when you check in if you prefer to pay before your service. Gratuities are not obligatory, but you may leave a tip for your therapist if you desire. A standard tip is usually 10-20% of the regularly priced massage service. This can be paid directly to the therapist, or it can be paid at the desk when you pay for your massage service. Unlike some spas, we allow clients to tip in cash, on their credit/debit cards, or in a personal check. If your tip is left at the desk, we give 100% of the tip to your therapist at the end of the shift. We also give the therapist a tally sheet with client names, so they know that the tip was given by you.
Other Types of Massage
With Stone Massage, the therapist uses hot stones placed on the body, and as a massage tool. The heat helps loosen up the muscles quickly so the massage can be more beneficial. The heat is also comforting and relaxing; a little slice of heaven.
Chair Massage is a great way to loosen up tension in the neck, back and shoulders. With Chair Massage, you will sit in a special massage chair, face forward and fully clothed. The chair is made to give easier access to your neck, shoulders and back. This type of massage is generally done in quick 15 minute appointments.
Foot and Leg massage is a great way to get used to your therapist and relieve stress in your feet and legs. This is a good option for people who are on their feet a lot, or for those who want a quick session.