How can I book an appointment for a massage session at your Spa?
Do you have a male or female massage therapist?
Here, at A Better Me, we only have one female massage therapist. Her name is Sheri and she is amazing!
Where will my massage session take place?
Your bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music will be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort. Lighting and temperature in the treatment rooms are also adjustable to fit your personal liking.
What should I expect during my massage therapy visit?
Our massage therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. If you are a new client, please be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to have time to fill out this form without cutting into any of your actual massage time. If you are a returning client, please show up 10 minutes before your appointment time to go through proper assessment and a thorough intake. This ensures beginning the session on time and having the full time on the table.
Our massage therapist, Sheri, will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. She may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition.
She will then leave the treatment room for you to have privacy while getting ready for your session. She will knock on the door before she comes in. Once she is in the room, she will make any necessary adjustments for your comfort before beginning the session. Feel free to ask any questions that may come up for you.
At the end of the session, feel free to take a moment on the table to stretch and “come back into your body”. Once you are up and dressed, your massage therapist will have a glass of water waiting for you. A conversation about your session will take place in your treatment room and any questions you may have or suggestions from Sheri can be discussed at this time.
What type of pressure will my therapist be using?
The amount of pressure we apply is entirely up to you. Your therapist, we will be asking frequently about the level of pressure to make sure it’s comfortable for you. The goal of every massage is to ease your pain and stress, so the more we communicate, the better the outcome will be for you.
What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique Sheri uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Sheri will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If Sheri wants you to adjust your position, she will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Is it okay to talk during a massage session?
You should always feel free to express any discomfort when undergoing a massage. However, avoid intense chatting with your massage therapist during your session; this can lead to increased muscular tension and limit the effectiveness of your massage experience.
What happens if I fall asleep during my massage?
It’s quite common for people to fall asleep during relaxing massages. Massage therapists typically take this as a compliment and a sign that they’re providing maximum relaxation to their clients. Enjoy your massage experience and don’t expect yourself to stay awake and alert at all times. Many clients allow their bodies and minds to “reset” in deeply relaxing states.
Can I stop a massage if I feel uncomfortable?
Absolutely! You are always in control of your massage therapy session. Feel free to ask your practitioner to pause or stop your massage if you’re uncomfortable with any aspect of this treatment.
What should I expect afterward?
Massage and bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your bodies systems. Give yourself a moment to reorient before slowly getting up. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy that can last for several days. Sometimes you may not feel dramatic results right away. Watch for changes over the following days, such as pain relief, increased mobility, or reduced stress. Learn more about how to care for yourself after a massage.
What is your policy on tipping?
While it is not an obligation to give your massage therapist a gratuity, it is always appreciated. Gratuities can be given at the time of payment or, if you care to be more discrete, can be left in the treatment room for Sheri after the session.
How often should I receive a massage?
For those who use massage as preventative care or to manage daily stress, one massage a month is common. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you are receiving massage for injury relief or to relieve chronic tightness that is interfering with your daily life. There are many people who incorporate massage therapy at least twice a month for optimal therapeutic relief.
Should I come in for a massage if I have a cold or the flu?
No. Receiving massage therapy while battling a cold or influenza is never a good idea. Not only can you easily spread illness to our therapist (who is seeing several other clients per day), but you can also exasperate your symptoms by receiving massage. If you do come in while ill, our therapist may choose to reschedule your session. Know that this is for your well-being and the health of our therapists and other clients.