What to Expect When Going For a Spa Massage

Spa massages are luxurious, relaxing and a fantastic way to be pampered away from the stress of the daily grind. The atmosphere of a spa is designed around the thought of giving the clients the attention that they usually neglect to give themselves. Though the exact details vary between spas, this article will walk you through the basics of what you can expect once you’ve arrived for the massage that you’ve booked.

When you arrive for your spa massage, you check in at a desk and are then led into a locker room reserved for your gender. It is only a locker room in the sense that there are lockers for you to put your belongings in. The room will be outfitted with comfortable chairs and tables bearing snacks and beverages. You will be given a plush robe to change into. How much clothing you remove is up to your discretion. Even if you strip naked, the massage therapist will not see your private parts. Those areas will stay concealed under a sheet. But you are welcome to leave on undergarments if nudity makes you uncomfortable. When your massage therapist is ready for you, they will let you know by either coming into the locker room (if they are your gender) or sending someone in for you (if they’re an opposite gender).

After introductions, the massage therapist will lead you back to the room where your spa massage will take place. The room will have dim lighting and soft music. A massage table will be in the center of the room. The massage therapist will speak with you for a few moments about what you are looking for in a session. If you have any injuries or areas you would like them to focus on, now is the time to say it. Also mention if there’s a possibility of you being allergic to the massage oils they use. The therapist will leave you alone in the room to disrobe and cover yourself with the sheet. You may start on your back or stomach according to preference. You will be asked to flip over eventually.

The massage therapist will knock before they enter to make sure you’re in place. Once inside, they will begin the spa massage. They will use a massage oil to help them manipulate the skin. There are a variety of touch techniques that the therapist might use including long firm strokes, fast taps and kneading of muscles. If anything hurts, let them know. The therapist will move the sheet off of the areas they are working on but, again, they will never lift the sheet past certain areas. When they have finished working on the first side, you will be asked to roll over slowly while holding the sheet around you.

Once the spa massage is complete, the therapist will advise you to lie quietly for a few minutes to let the relaxation sit in. They’ll advise you to rise slowly when you go to put the robe back on and leave the room before you do so. The therapist will meet you in the hallway with a glass of water and possibly a small snack. Massage can make some people feel a bit lightheaded so it is best to take it easy for ten to fifteen minutes. You’ll return to the locker room, get dressed and check out at the front desk feeling much more relaxed and pampered than you felt going in.