Questions? We have answers!
We know that massage and bodywork sessions can be a little mysterious to those who haven’t experienced them before. That’s why we put together our Vis-a-Vis massage faq!
If you ever have a question you don’t see on this list, don’t hesitate to call our concierge and ask! Our staff is knowledgeable about the services we offer and they’re happy to help you feel as comfortable and informed as can be when you come in for a service at Vis-a-Vis!
General Massage & Bodywork
Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Your session will take place in one of our beautiful massage suites at Vis-a-Vis. Each of our suites is designed to be warm, inviting, and relaxing. Your comfort, privacy, and well-being are so very important to us. You’ll feel right at home in our space!
Do I have to be … naked for my massage?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are performed with the client unclothed in order for the therapist to more easily and efficiently perform your service. While most quests choose to undress for their service, you may do so to your comfort level. Throughout your entire session your therapist will keep you draped to maintain your privacy.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
No way! Your privacy is important to us. Your practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax on the massage table, and cover up with a cozy blanket. They will always check to make sure you’re ready before they re-enter the suite.
Will my massage therapist use oils or creams during my massage?
A light oil or lotion will be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin during your session. Prior to the start of your session, your therapist will let you test out our scents to find the the oil or lotion you would like used during your massage. If you’re not in love with the idea of a scented-session, we offer our 100% unfragranced V2 “Naked” body oil. This simplified oil is perfect for guests who want the same smoothing, soothing benefits of an essential oil without an aroma.
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general relaxation massage (think Heart-Crafted), your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. Feel free to let your therapist know if you would like more or less pressure at any point during your massage.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or instruct you to adjust throughout the session. Many people just close their eyes and relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork. And remember, having a conversation with your therapist during a session is always at your discretion. The therapist will never initiate conversation to assure that you are able to relax properly. Many guests fall asleep during their session. Our therapists take that as a compliment!
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity, which can last for days. Since metabolic wastes are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water afterward.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that the practitioner ask general health questions before you begin your session. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session.
What are the benefits of Ashiatsu Massage?
There are tons of benefits to receiving an Ashiatsu massage. First of all, they’re amazing services and they’re hard to come by. An extensive amount of training goes into getting therapists ready to perform this type of massage, and certification is required to administer them. We are one of the few locations that offer Ashi locally. If you love a deep tissue massage and haven’t tried Ashi, you simply must! Here are some more benefits to this amazing technique:
- Deeper pressure than any other technique
- Pain-free and bruise-free pressure
- Long, expansive strokes stimulate the lymphatic and parasympathetic nervous systems
- Increases circulation and releases muscle toxins
- Encourages the body’s natural healing rate
- Elongates the spine, improves movement and posture while relieving chronic pain and spasms
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
Can anyone receive an Ashiatsu massage?
Because Ashi is an intense, deep-pressure massage it’s not for everyone. If you experience any of the following, we offer other massage sessions that will better fit your needs:
- Breast implants within the past 9 months
- Pregnancy or trying to get pregnant
- Recent eye procedures/ Lasik within the past 72 hrs
- Recent injuries or surgery
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart condition
- Skin lesions, boils, abscesses
- Any acute inflammatory conditions such as phlebitis
What is prenatal massage?
Prenatal massage is a relaxing massage session performed on pregnant women by licensed, qualified massage therapists. Our Mama-To-Be massage is a great way for expectant mom’s to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation before their little bundle of joy arrives!
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
Most expectant mamas are aware of the not-so-amazing side effects of housing human life. For many women, prenatal massage helps to naturally target these pesky pregnancy pains. In many cases, prenatal massage has been proven to:
- Relieve muscle tension, anxiety, and depression
- Regulate hormones
- Reduce swelling
- Improve nerve, back, and joint pain
- Improve circulation and the oxygenation of soft tissue
- Promote better sleep
Is prenatal massage right for me?
Prenatal massage is perfect for most expectant moms with a healthy pregnancy. You and your baby’s safety is our number one priority. We would never perform a massage on someone we didn’t think would benefit from the service. If you have any of the following conditions, please consult your doctor before receiving your Mama-To-Be massage at Vis-a-Vis:
- Gestational Diabetes
- You are carrying more than one child
You have pre-existing conditions such as:
- Heart, kidney, lung, or liver disease
Who should not receive a prenatal massage?
Anyone who is diagnosed with, or has a history of the following conditions SHOULD NOT receive a prenatal massage:
- High risk pregnancy
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolisms (unless massage is specified by doctor. If so, please bring your doctor’s written consent!)
- Women experiencing cramping, bleeding, abdominal or pelvic pain – CONSULT A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.
- Women experiencing infection of any kind, skin irritation, sickness, diarrhea, or heavy vaginal discharge.
Do I have to schedule a prenatal massage if I'm pregnant?
Although, scheduling a prenatal massage is not essential there are certain elements of our Mama-To-Be session that aren’t included in our other sessions (bolstering pillows and naptime to name a few). However, if you’d like to book another type of session, that’s no problem! If you are pregnant but do not want to schedule our prenatal session, you’re welcome to schedule a Heart-Crafted massage, Fire & Ice: Tension Therapy Session, or an Under Pressure: Deep Tissue massage instead. Ashiatsu is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are expecting, it is helpful to let us know when scheduling your service. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to let us know! We’re happy to help: (734) 213-7455