- Choose what style of massage and body work suits your needs. SenSpa offers over a dozen styles of massage and full descriptions can be found on our website under the headings of massage and master sessions. Choosing the right style of massage can be key to getting the results you are looking for. If you need help, ask the SenSpa concierge for a recommendation.
- Once you’ve chosen the style of massage for you, come to your session at least 15 to 30 minutes early to give yourself time to change your clothes and surrender to the relaxing atmosphere. Giving your self this time can help your mind quiet down and make your treatment time more productive.
- Consider scheduling a longer session, 75 or 90 minutes. This allows the massage therapist to work longer on restricted areas, taking the needed time to open up stubborn tissue,and allows for incorporating all parts of the body into the massage.
- If you have question or concerns before or during the massage don’t be shy. Tell your massage therapist what body part(s) you want to focus on or needs more attention. Tell them about any discomfort you feel during the session. Perhaps you may want more or less pressure, need the face cradle adjusted, you’re cold or you want the music volume adjusted. Your therapist can help better customize a treatment that is to your liking if they have your direction of what that is.
- When you are on the table, try to relax as much as you can. Minimize your conversation with the massage therapist, allowing your body to concentrate on relaxing and slowing down. Paying attention to your body can help you relax more, getting more benefits out of the treatment.
- Be in the moment. Leave your problems at home, consider your time as a mini-vacation. If you have time after your treatment, take an infrared sauna or steam bath, relax in the lounge. Give your body and mind unwinding silent time after your treatment. It will thank you.
- Drink water or herbal tea after your session and throughout the day/evening to replenish and hydrate your body. Water removes the natural body waste products that massage liberates. Increasing your water intake will help decrease the chance that you will be sore after your massage.
- Finally, if you can, take a relaxing replenishing bath before bed. We recommend using body re-mineralizing salts like Dead Sea Salts, Magnesium Salts or Epsom Salts. The combination of massage and mineral bath almost always guarantees a really wonderful night’s sleep.
Aleksey Zamanskiy received his Massage Therapist diploma from Kislovoldsk Medical College in Russia. A practicing massage therapist for 30 years, he additionally studied Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang and Craniosacral in the United States. He uses a blend of techniques including Swedish/Esalen Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Reflexology to address many bodily issues as well as instructing clients on proper breathing for stress reduction and relaxation.