A Walk-Through of What to Expect at Your First Massage

Worried about your first massage? This walk-through is designed to help you better understand what we do, and what you can expect from a massage at Life is Sweet.

*Please note before you arrive for your massage: You will be asked to reschedule if you currently have a fever, or skin irritations such as poison ivy, or severe sunburn.

 When You Arrive:

  • After you fill out your client intake form, your therapist will take you to the treatment room. You’ll be given the option to use the restroom, and grab a drink of water before you begin. Here, you’ll discuss what you’d like to accomplish during your massage, what kind of pressure will be used, and what to do if you’d like the pressure to be adjusted.

  • Next, your therapist will leave the treatment room to allow you to disrobe and get onto the table. You can disrobe to your comfort level- which may be completely, or partially clothed. It is up to you, and either is fine. Once disrobed, you’ll get onto the massage table, your therapist will have left instructions to lay either face-up or face down. Make sure you are underneath the top sheet and blanket before your massage therapist re-enters the treatment room.  Your massage therapist will give you a few minutes for this process, then knock on the door before entering the treatment room.

During Your Massage:

  • Once your therapist is back in the room and the massage begins, you may feel so relaxed that you just don’t feel like chatting, that is completely fine! On the other hand, you may feel like talking through your whole massage, and that’s fine too. This experience is all about you, so relax and talk-or not! We’ll follow your lead.

  • The technique massage therapists use to move the sheet/blanket to expose different parts of your body during massage is called Draping. Your massage therapist is trained to drape properly, to ensure your modesty is respected. Only parts of your body being massaged will undraped.

  • A variety of products may be used during your massage, such as oils, creams, and essential oils. Please be clear with your massage therapist about sensitive skin reactions or allergies you may have.
  • If at any time the massage feels uncomfortable, please let your therapist know. Your massage is all about you, so it will be customized to fit your needs. Any pressure, or technique can be adjusted at your request.

After Your Massage:

  • Once your massage is finished, your massage therapist will alert you, and exit the treatment room. At this time you will slowly sit up from the table, and then re-dress. Feeling like you just woke up from a nap is normal, in fact some people actually fall asleep during massage (which is fine! We take that as a compliment) Your therapist will be waiting outside of the treatment room when you’re ready to exit. Feel free to use the restroom or grab some more water after your session, or before you leave.

  • At this time we perform a post-massage briefing. This is where we let you know what was felt during your massage, and where you can ask any last minute questions about things you felt, or about massage therapy in general. You’ll also receive recommendations for massage/self care in the future.

  • The last step is to STAY RELAXED. Massage is a wonderful opportunity to feel the healing effects of touch, and relaxation.  Click here to read about the many benefits of massage.

 

 

Sometimes we take for granted the simple, sweet things in life. Let massage therapy be one of the sweet indulgences you get to experience!

 

 

 

Benefits of Massage

Life is short; it should be enjoyed to the fullest! Your health is extremely important- physical, mental, and emotional. Massage provides you with much more than just a relaxing experience.

Service Menu

 

 

 

Save 10% when you purchase a series of four massages! Applies to Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal massage.

  • Four 30-minute massages for $144 (regularly $160, save $16!)
  • Four 45-minutes massages for $198 (regularly $220, save $22!)
  • Four 60-minute massages for $234 (regularly $260, save $26!)
  • Four 90-minute massages for $324 (regularly $360, save $36!)
  • Four 120-minute massages for $414 (regularly $460, save $46!)

Package discounts are also available for the rest of our services; please contact me for pricing details.

 

For any of our services we can accommodate up to three people at the same time, but we do no offer massages in the same room together. Please call to arrange massages for two or more people to start and end simultaneously.

 

The best of both worlds. This “Swedish meets Deep Tissue” massage uses a blend of techniques including kneading, effleurage, and compression combined with focused MyoFascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy on areas of pain or tension. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include decreased stress levels, enhanced mental clarity, relief from muscle pain and soreness, increased circulation, and greater flexibility. Each massage is customized to meet your individual needs. Aromatherapy available upon request for no additional fee.

  • $40 for 30 minutes
  • $55 for 45 minutes
  • $65 for 60 minutes
  • $75 for 75 minutes
  • $90 for 90 minutes
  • $115 for 120 minutes

 

This service includes basalt stones (or as we like to call them “our little helpers”, since they are so helpful with softening tense muscles) that are heated and then used during your hot stone service. Muscle tension and stress melt away as a combination of hot stones and hands-on massage are used. The warmth of the stones improves circulation and calms the nervous system. Expect a deep sense of relaxation. We recommend booking this service towards the end of your day, or on a day off so that you can just keep relaxing once you leave.

  • $65 for 45 minutes
  • $75 for 60 minutes
  • $85 for 75 minutes
  • $100 for 90 minutes
  • $125 for 120 minutes

Prenatal massage is designed specifically for pregnant women. According to the American Pregnancy Association, benefits include: Reduction of anxiety and depression, relief from muscle aches and pains, and decrease of inflammation in nerves by helping to release the tension on nearby muscles (especially sciatic nerve pain). At Life is Sweet we are professionally trained to safely perform prenatal massage in a side-lying position, with carefully placed pillows to help mom feel as comfortable as she can.

Prenatal table available upon request – please call to inquire.

  • $40 for 30 minutes
  • $55 for 45 minutes
  • $65 for 60 minutes
  • $75 for 75 minutes
  • $90 for 90 minutes

Cupping is a therapy that uses special cups to create a suction on the skin, drawing up the underlying tissues. The vacuum formed by the cup draws up blood from the tissues and muscles, sometimes causing purple marks on the skin. The areas of the body being treated will become red and warm due to the improved circulation, and you may experience cupping marks left on the skin that look similar to a bruise.  The marks won’t hurt when touched and fade within a few days. However, I can use the “moving” method, which generally won’t leave any marks. Softening tight muscles, loosening adhesions, lifting and releasing connective tissue, activating the lymph system, and helping to clear the veins, cupping works in many ways to help you feel your best. Treatments can also help clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of cellulite. Cupping therapy is helpful for many conditions such as back pain, joint and muscular pain, insomnia, anxiety, chronic headache.

  • $50 for 30 minutes
  • $65 for 45 minutes
  • $75 for 60 minutes
  • $100 for 90 minutes
  • $125 for 120 minutes

 

The healing art of reflexology has been traced back to China, Japan, and Egypt. Using thumb techniques to apply pressure to specific reflex points in your feet, reflexology is believed to stimulate the flow of energy, blood, nutrients, and nerve impulses to the corresponding body part. It aims to harmonize and relax your entire body. Reflexology treatments can help aid in the elimination of body waste, restore body function to improve health, improve circulation throughout the physical body, and help balance emotions. Treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression. Want to learn more? This website is a great resource.

  • $40 for 30 minutes

Are you ready to experience the incredible benefits of massage? Please contact me today, or use the online appointment booker to schedule your next visit.

 

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