We are often are asked what to expect at our Day Spa. It is a little unique, however there are general question about day spas that are often asked. You should always feel that you can ask your Massage Therapists any questions that will put you more at ease. However we have answered some of them here so you can arrive here in the right frame of mind!
When should I arrive?
Our appointments are set up so that you need only arrive at the time of your appointment. No need to be early, but please do not be late, as that will eat in to your time to relax and unwind.
Where is your day spa located?
Our day spa is located in our former attic space on the third level of Inn. Therefore it is necessary to climb two flights of stairs to get there.
How undressed do I get?
You disrobe to your level of comfort – for some people that means getting completely undressed, for some they stay partially or even sometimes fully dressed. This is up to the client and there is no right or wrong answer, nothing to be embarrassed about. It is easier to do massage on bare skin, but all the massage therapists have learned many techniques and you will get a good massage either way.
What can I expect during my time at Day Spa?
You will be greeted at the front door by either a massage therapist or one of the innkeepers. They will bring you to the sitting room to allow you to sit comfortably while you fill out your intake form. A massage therapist will come down when it is time for your session and bring you up the two flights of stairs, past the inn’s guest rooms and into the attic where the aptly named spa resides. You will be introduced to the other massage therapist if it is a group massage and given a tour of the spa – shown how to use the foot soaking tubs and the shower and where to find things. The therapists then go to a back room and give you about 20 minutes to soak your feet, drink tea, eat cookies or even take a shower if you’d like. This is your time to unwind and come back into your body.
You will be given a five minute warning before the massage is to start so that you can get ready and not feel rushed. A massage therapist will take you into one of the massage rooms and look over your intake form with you – asking you questions about what is going on in your body, what you would like from your massage and if there is anything else they should know before starting your massage – this is the best time to tell them if you, for example, don’t like having your feet rubbed. After the therapist leaves the room to let you get on the table, you disrobe to your level of comfort – for some people that means getting completely undressed, for some they stay partially or even sometimes fully dressed. This is up to the client and there is no right or wrong answer, nothing to be embarrassed about. It is easier to do massage on bare skin, but all the massage therapists have learned many techniques and you will get a good massage either way. After undressing to your level of comfort, you get on the table under the top sheet and blanket, putting your face in the face cradle of it is on the table and relax, the massage therapist will be in soon.
During the massage, you will be properly draped – the massage therapist will uncover only the portion of your body that they are working on and they will never expose genitals or breasts. Most massages contain moves like effleurage (a soothing, smooth stroke) petrissage (kneading) and friction (a deeper, slower, usually more precise stroke). Sometimes a therapist will move you through stretches – they do the work, you relax into it. During leg stretches, you will sometimes be asked to hold the sheet to be sure there is no exposure. If at any time you become uncomfortable – with the pressure, position or anything else, let them know and they will adjust to make sure you’re comfortable. During the massage the therapist will use hot towels to help relax muscles during the massage – if you do not like this, let them know. Depending on need, they’re usually used on your neck and feet.
After the massage, the massage therapist will leave you on the table and you will have another 20 minutes to take a shower, soak your feet again, get dressed, have some tea or simply lay on the table. Someone will meet you back down stairs at the front desk to settle your bill (if you’ve not already done so) and then you head off to the rest of your day.