|Is there such a thing as a "bad" massage? YES!!|
Has this ever happened to you at a massage?
- Your "1-hour" massage ends in 40-45 minutes
- The "therapist" has no training whatsoever
- The "therapist" answers phone calls during your massage
- You are required to pay a $20 tip in advance
- The "studio" is a bed in the unheated back bedroom in a house or mobile home inhabited by crying children, dogs and cats with all the accompanying
odors, and a rock radio station is the music
- The "therapist" doesn't even speak English and can't understand the needs you are trying to communicate to her, and you can't understand her
Well all these have been my own personal experience, and instead of being ralaxed I left feeling more aggravated and tense than when I walked in! So I
decided to create a completely professional Massage Therapy Studio where no one ever has to endure these kinds of unconscionable treatment. A
massage should be therapeutic and relaxing, not cause MORE tension! This is a quiet and private professional studio in a commercial location where our
goal is a pleasant, relaxing and soothing experience for you.
Our success depends on one thing alone: YOU the client, which makes you the most important person in this organization. Accordingly, you will be treated
with the utmost attention, care, respect and appreciation.
Here's what you may expect from us:
- Our undivided attention once you arrive
- A therapist that will interview you to get any appropriate physical/medical information
- An explanation of the various massage styles to determine what suits you best
- A completely professional and comfortable studio
- Soft lighting, soothing music, pleasant aromas from candles and oils
- Professional equipment, clean linens, warm towels
- Undisturbed and uninterrupted massage by a professionally trained therapist
- A complimentary nutrition bar and bottle of water to replentish your fluids and nutrients
- Our thanks and appreciation for your business!
|Our Studio. Click to enlarge photos
|How to properly enjoy a massage. Clothing or no clothing?
Various styles of massage
We offer table massage, chair massage and other forms of massage such as Shiatsu, and Thai (also called Thai Yoga massage). Chair massage is done fully clothed
while seated in a very comfortable, padded front-facing upright massage chair. Shiatsu and Thai massage are typically done on a mat on the floor. You are fully
clothed during these massage styles as well, so it is recommended that you wear thin, loose, comfortable clothing, such as cotton or linen. Wearing sweats, scrubs or
similar clothing is ideal. Try not to wear denim jeans, tight-fitting clothes or multiple layers of clothing.
The nudity factor and draping
During any type of table massage it is preferred that you are unclothed, so the therapist may properly work the muscles and tissues under the skin without having to
work through layers of clothing. You are covered by a sheet or blanket at all times during the massage, and the therapist uncovers only the part of the body he/she is
working on, a technique called draping. Always feel free to communicate with your therapist if the nudity gets you out of your comfort zone, and if so, you may keep
your underwear on if you wish, as many newcomers do. At no time are the genitals included in a legitimate therapeutic massage, and all clients are always
draped. There are no exceptions because aside from the obvious legal and ethical reasons, the Colorado license board requires it or the therapist could lose his/her
license. So please do not ask the therapist to deviate from these policies. Thank You!
|Why get a massage? What conditions will massage help to alleviate?
|Do you suffer from one or more of these problems? According to the AMTA,
massage can actually improve all these conditions:
- Arthritis (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Asthma and bronchitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic and acute pain
- Circulatory problems
- Digestive disorders, including spastic colon, constipation and diarrhea
- Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon, colic and constipation)
- Headache, especially when due to muscle tension
- Immune function disorders
- Low energy levels
- Myofascial pain (a condition of the tissue connecting the muscles)
- Premature infants
- Reduced range of motion
- Referred pain from other areas of the body
- Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and sprained ligaments)
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
If any of these conditions describe you, then read the column to the right
about how massage can alleviate them, then come in and start felling better!
|According to the AMTA, these are documented positieffects of
- Relieves stress and aids relaxation
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
- Relieves migraine pain
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
- Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
- Faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
- Reduces pain and swelling; formation of excessive scar tissue
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
- Enhances athletic performance
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
- Reduces blood pressure
- Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
- Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin
- Improves posture
- Strengthens the immune system
- Treats musculoskeletal problems
- Speeds rehabilitation after surgery or injury
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural
- Fosters peace of mind
- Reduces levels of anxiety
- Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Helps relieve mental stress
- Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
- Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
- Fosters a feeling of well-being
- Increases awareness of mind-body connection
|Other helpful tips and how to prepare for, and fully enjoy a massage
Here are some helpful tips so your massage experience will be as enjoyable and beneficial as possible:
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage. Generally do not eat at least 1-2 hours before a massage so you are not digesting during it
- Be punctual! Massages are scheduled before and after yours so please respect the time and schedules of others. You wouldn't want a previous client to make
you wait because of their tardiness.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage, as well as discuss any concerns with the therapist.
Being in a rushed or frenzied state also will not facilitate relaxation.
- Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have specific types of massage. See
next section on precautions
- Feel free to either remain quiet or talk to the therapist during your massage, especially if you feel discomfort at any time. Your feedback is always appreciated
so let your massage therapist know if you have concerns about the pressure, room temperature, music, lighting or anything else.
- Get into a mood and posture to receive. Put your work and worries out of your mind during the massage, this is your time. Keep breathing deeply and slowly,
especially during any discomfort or pain. Keep your muscles relaxed and do not tense up. Some clients even fall asleep for the majority of the session, so feel
- When finished, roll onto your side and get up slowly; some dizziness or light-headedness is normal after a massage.
- Drink plenty of water to replentish your bodily fluids, as massage stimulates your body's toxin-removing functions
- Try not to immediately resume your daily routine or physical work, as your body needs some "re-entry time" to absorb the effects of the massage
- Most important of all, come back again soon! Regular massage keeps a body healthy in many ways.
|Comparison of various styles of massage