Monday, September 19, 2011

Massage Monday : what to (not) wear

Happy monday!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Todays Massage Monday is all about clothes. 

Every so often at the spa, we'll have a client call and ask what they should wear for their massage.  To some, this may be a no-brainer, but, for someone, who had never had a professional massage before, this is a legitimate concern.
What you wear is completely up to you.  This is your massage and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible.

Most spas do not have a dress code.  Obviously, a 'no shirt, no shoes, no service' mentality would apply, but as far as what you wear - that's completely up to you.

If you're doing an island or beach massage, it's preferable that you wear a swimsuit.  There's often not a discreet place to change with those.  Preferably a 2-piece for women...makes it easier to work around for the therapist!

Some specialty massages, such as Thai Massage, do have a dress code.  You should be told about this at the time you make the appointment.

What about during the massage?

Again, this is completely up to you.  It's your massage.

At the end of my consult, I let my clients know that after I step out of the room, they are to undress to the comfort level.  Most people go down to their underwear or full nude.  In any professional massage, you will be properly draped (covered by a sheet) at all times, so you should never feel exposed.  I consider myself to be a fairly modest draper, I only have whatever I am working on exposed at any given time - ie; a leg, an arm, the back, etc.

So there you have it!  What to (not) wear in a massage.  You can check out last weeks Massage Monday to find out jewelrys place.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Massage Monday : jewelry

Welcome to this weeks Massage Monday!  ...and thank you for visiting my blog!

Today we're going to talk about jewelry, and it's place in a massage.  

Some jewelry that is worn everyday, like a wedding band or a watch, becomes second nature.  It doesn't feel like jewelry anymore, it's just a part of who you are.  It's quite common that a person doesn't even realize they could (or should) have taken it off until I'm massaging their wrist...or hand...or neck. 

Remember, this is your massage - you are in control.  You should be comfortable.  If you are more comfortable keeping your jewelry on, then by all means, keep it on.  Keep in mind that your jewelry might hinder parts of the massage and it will most likely get lotion/oil/cream all over it.  

Not all jewelry gets in the way, but I would recommend taking it all off.  So what's okay and what isn't?


If they are small, there is no need to take them off.  Some therapists (myself included) will massage your ears, but unless you're getting reflexology, it's very brief.  If you prefer long, dangly earrings or big hoops, please take them off.  They are just going to get in the way.  While your therapist will try their best to avoid them, the chance of getting lotion/oil on them is high and if they're delicate they could break.


These really are in the way.  It will completely disrupt the flow of the massage when working on the arms and hands.  Again, this is completely up to your discretion - it's your massage, but I would recommend against keeping these on.


These, too, are a hindrance in a massage.  They get in the way of neck work.  They will get lotion/oil on them, and, again, if they are delicate, there is a chance they could be broken.  It makes neck work more difficult on the therapist.  In addition to having to work around the necklace, the therapist will also have to be mindful of pulling the necklace so it doesn't rest against your throat.


If your issues are your hands, these are in the way.  Otherwise, they are pretty easy to work around.  If you are worried about lotion/oil 'gunking' them up, you're best bet is to remove them.  While it will halt the flow of the massage on the hand, unless you're getting reflexology, the work on the hand is generally limited.

So there you have it.  All in all, I'd say jewelry is best taken off in a massage.

What do you think?  Do you prefer to keep jewelry on or take it off during a massage?  Why or why not?  

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ten Years Ago Today

Ten years ago today, I was an 18 year old college sophomore.

Ten years ago today, I lived in New Jersey.

Ten years ago today, I had the day off.

Ten years ago today, my mother woke me up in a frenzy and turned on my television.

Ten years ago today, I didn't believe it was real.

Ten years ago today, I thought it was a hoax...or a dream....or something other than the horrific reality.

Ten years ago today, my older brother worked next to the world trade center.

Ten years ago today, my mum was in a panic because she couldn't get a hold of my brother.

Ten years ago today, the phone lines were jammed and it was near impossible to get a hold of anyone.

Ten years ago today, God granted me with a sense of peace - I knew my brother was okay.

Ten years ago today, my brother over-slept and didn't go into work.

Ten years ago today, I picked up my best friend and little sister from high school.

Ten years ago today, all the local businesses were shut down.

Ten years ago today, I cried out to my God.

Ten years ago today, I felt His presence.

Ten years ago today, too many people were affected.

Ten years ago today, too many people were hurt.

Ten years ago today, too many people lost their lives.

Ten years ago today, too many people lost loved ones.

Ten years ago today, this country came together.

Ten years ago today, we vowed to never forget.

Today, that wound is still fresh for so many.

Today, that day is still vivid in my mind.

Today, I know that God is still with us.

Today, we remember.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Massage Monday : Treat Yourself

Happy Labor Day!

These long weekends are great for relaxing, catching up with friends and family, and grilling out.  Know what else an extra day off is good for?  Pampering yourself!

When's the last time you had a massage?  A facial?  A spa pedicure (and I don't mean the $20 mall special)?  

We spend so much time taking care of everyone else, and often neglect ourselves in the process.  We take care of our families, significant others, homes and jobs.  Sometimes life seems so rushed and there's not a lot of 'me' time.  

When we neglect ourselves, put ourselves as a last priority, we're shorting what we are able to give to everyone else.  You can only give 100% if you have 100% to give.  Mark off a half hour or an hour just for you every day.  You deserve it!  And so does everyone in your life.  Give yourself a day, or at least a few hours, once a month, to do something just for you.  Take a bubble bath, get a massage, go lay by the pool, read a book.  Just have some you time!  

You'll get much more done in the long run, if you take the time to cater to yourself!

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