The spa is all about comfort so come in whatever is relaxing. For a massage you will be geting undressed and under the sheets so whatever you can get in and out of comfortably is the best option.
The politically correct answer is to undress to your comfort level. As a massage therapist we hope for you to go naked. Your important areas are covered with a sheet and we are great at protecting your modesty. The real issue is typically all of your tension is in your hips, lower back, tight glutes, and shoulders. It is necessary for us to address these areas if we are to help. We can use techniques that work through the sheets and any undergarments you are still wearing but they don't feel even half as good as when we can just massage on bare skin like normal. Once you take the leap and just go naked you won't go back.
Parabens are chemical preservatives that research has found present in breast tumors. They are listed on ingredient labels as methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. Toxins which are to be avoided. There are safer preservatives that can be used.
We do start with an intake form for new clients so come about 10-15 minutes early if you are new. If you are a repeat client showing up on time is perfect. If you would like to come early and hang out with us at the front and have a glass of wine or just enjoy the nice smells and atmosphere with us then we would love to have you. We have many clients that like to come early and relax and unwind before their appointment begins.
In this industry tipping is greatly appreciated. The employees at a spa work on commission so they do not receive the whole amount from your service. Tipping is customary and lets us know if you had a great service or just an OK service. The typical range is between 10% and 20% on the price of the service.
No Exfoliation measures have reached an all time high; from chemical peels and lasers to Retin-A and daily scrubs. While the skin may look better instantly due to plumping, there is a price to paid. The protective barrier is broken down which causes inflammation. The body goes into emergency repair mode. Inflammation causes premature aging as nutrients are drawn from the dermis to help out the irritated epidermis. Once a month exfoliation is acceptable.
Waxing is a longer lasting hair removal choice than shaving. It actually softens the hair and discourages regrowth. Ideally if the hair is removed while still attached to the dermal papilla (blood supply) you see the quickest results. This is accomplished by waxing every two weeks. However, you will see excellent results with even periodic waxing sessions at every four to six weeks.
Just a little side note; waxing the underarms shows the most expedient hair removal of all. There are less hormones sent to all the extremities after puberty. So with the added stress of being pulled out; hairs just don't want to come back.
Many people ask this question. It is a good one! The ideal length of hair for waxing is 1/2 inch. If it is longer than it gets harder to deal with as the waxer. Many women use an electric trimmer with a guard on it before waxing so that it is all the appropriate length. This makes the process go a lot smoother. If the hair is less than 1/4 inch then there is not enough length for the wax to properly grab on to.
It can hurt a little but should not be painful. The area to be waxed must be considered and the appropriate wax for the type of hair is then chosen. Sometimes sugaring is a better option for really stubborn hairs with only a couple of days growth. Proper technique goes a long way towards experiencing a comfortable service. Some even find it relaxing!
Take a break from Retin-A use for 6 months prior to waxing the face. A year after accutane use is recommended before waxing. These are good safety precautions.
If you ever feel self conscious then please let me assure you that as massage therapists we see lots and lots of bodies. No ones body is perfect. Real people have squishy parts and dimply parts and wrinkly parts and all sorts of other parts. The main thing to know is that we are not paying attention to what you look like. We really are centered on a seek and destroy mission with all your tense spots! In order for your body to stick out in our mind it would have to be extraordinary in a certain way. You would have to be the oldest, or youngest, or perhaps the biggest person we have ever worked on for any identifiable feature of your body to make a lasting impression in our memory. I did have a client with a birthmark that looked like Elvis. And every time I massaged over it the birth mark looked as though it was winking at me. That I remember. I could not, however, tell you much else about his body because I just don't remember. But that is just the point, that unless you have something so out of the normal like a winking Elvis birth mark we won't be noticing the details of your body. If you do have some crazy feature then you can rest assured that we will most likely only appreciate the uniqueness of your body because as massage therapists we are lovers of all things anatomy and physiology!