What to expect at your first massage

Even our most experienced massage therapists had to receive their first massage at some point in their lives, so believe me, we all know that your first massage visit can cause a bit of anxiety if you aren’t sure of what to expect.  Even if you have had massage before, your first visit with a new massage therapist can be a bit unnerving, so I’d like to walk you through a visit with our therapists.

Step one: Arrive a bit early (about 10 minutes) to complete a detailed health history.  This is Gathering health information at East Village Spaimportant because certain kinds of massage are better for certain health concerns.  Some medications, especially blood thinners and pain medications, require us to use different techniques to avoid pain and bruising.  Your allergies and sensitivities help us to choose the best products to avoid irritation.  Also, our therapists can help with many more concerns that people realize!

Step two: Your therapist will greet you and take you back to the treatment room for a consultation about your health and your needs for the session.  This is a great time to ask any questions you might have about the session or tell your therapist about areas you want him or her to focus on more or areas you want them to avoid.

Step 3: Your therapist will give you instructions about how to get on the massage table and will A massage room at East Village Spaleave the room to give you privacy to undress to your comfort (underwear on or off, either is acceptable.  A back massage does feel much better if you remove your bra though).  You will get UNDER the top sheet and blanket and cover yourself. 

Step 4: Your therapist will take the time you’re getting ready to get your massage cream ready.  He or she will knock and then enter the room and offer to adjust the table or use a pillow under your ankles.  If anything is uncomfortable from temperature to the head rest, please let your therapist know, everything can be adjusted for your comfort!

Step 5: Your therapist will move the sheet from the parts of your body that he or she is working on, apply massage cream, and start massaging with their hands and forearms (unless you book a Two Feet Deep massage in which case they will also use their feet!).  Your therapist will never reveal more of your body than you’d show at the local public pool.  They Massaging the leg at East Village Spaare draping for both your comfort AND their own!

Step 6: You can start to take some slow, deep breaths and let go of the tension.  Your therapist will check in with you to see if you need heavier or lighter pressure, be sure to let them know, this is your treatment and every massage therapist appreciates your feedback, in fact, our favorite clients are the ones that will work WITH us.  If your massage is for relaxation, feel free to doze off or zone out, we don’t expect you to chat and we can focus better if we can concentrate on your massage.  If your massage is a sports massage or for an injury, your therapist will probably ask you to assist in some stretches or give more feedback.

Step 7: Your therapist will let you know when your session is over.  He or she will step out of the room to give you privacy to slowly get up and dress and will wait for you outside the door with a cup of water or hot tea.  Your therapist might offer some stretches or helpful home care tips.  Feel free to ask them any questions you might have!  We love to share information.

Step 8: You’ll head home (or to your next spa service) blissfully and wonder why you haven’t treated yourself to a massage sooner and start planning your next visit!


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A one-two punch for breakouts

I’ve been experiencing some pretty painful occasional breakouts and today I overheard Lydia discussing a similar issue with a client.  She recommended that the client use the Derma E Exfoliating Mask to draw out oil and purge impurities that are clogging pores so that they can be treated on the surface of the skin with extractions or the Derma E Very Clear Spot Treatment, a great topical treatment for occasional break-outs with tea tree oil to calm redness and inflammation.

The mask is great for a full face treatment once a week (I recommend masking while you soak in a hot tub so the steam can help open your pores!) or can be used to just spot treat areas of break out so you don’t dry out areas of your face without clogged pores or excess oil.

If you have questions or are also dealing with breakouts from hormonal changes, weather changes, sports, or just generally have breakout-prone skin, give us a call and chat with one of our estheticians or better yet, book a Wellness Facial for guidance plus professional deep pore extractions.

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Meet the Male Spa-Goer

The International Spa Association (ISPA) did a study in 2013 to find out how many men use spa services and their preferred services.  At East Village Spa, many of our guests are men and our spa is gender-neutral in decor and in our services, for example, a man and woman would equally benefit from or enjoy any of our treatments (okay, save for the pregnancy massage!)

Some of the most interesting statistics from ISPA’s study:

47% of spa-goers are men

28% of men have visited a spa within the past 12 months.  The typical male spa-goer is most likely to be 25-44 years old.

In the Southwest and California, a much higher than average percentage of men (40%) have visited spas in the last year.

The most popular services that men use in spas are Massage (83%), Pedicures (37%), Manicures (33%), and Facials (31%).  At our spa, the most popular treatments for men are our massage therapies, with the type of massage pretty evenly split between stress-reduction treatments and deep tissue/sports therapies.

At East Village Spa, we are working to combat the stereotype that men don’t go to spas because they do!  Stress, pain, skin and nail concerns are not unique to women, we hope that events like our Men’s Night will help to let men know that spa therapies are a great way to reduce stress, relieve pain, and keep working and doing the activities that they love!

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Great article on back pain and exercise from NPR

I was on my way to work this morning and absolutely captivated by a fascinating piece on NPR that discussed how many kinds of back pain (though not all) are really caused by inflamed nerves sending pain signals to the brain and that the brain can learn to overcome some of these signals through exercises.

Also, the story discussed how surgeries have increased with the rise in diagnostic tests because of how much information tests like MRI’s show.  According to the piece:

“Lots of people who are pain-free actually have terrible-looking MRIs.
And among those who have MRI abnormalities and pain, many specialists
question whether the abnormality is really the cause of the pain, and
whether fixing it can make the pain go away.”

So with this line of thinking, someone could have major surgery based solely on MRI data without trying less invasive procedures, exercises, PT, chiropractic, massage, first and not experience relief because the abnormality on the MRI is not the actual cause of their pain.  I could go on and on, but if you or someone you love is experience back pain (which is likely as 1 in 4 Americans complain of back pain, according to the story) I recommend you give the piece a read or listen.

Here is another great article about how a Harvard study showed that doctors are increasingly ignoring guidelines for the treatment of back pain that call for conservative measures first. 

Massage therapy is a widely accepted conservative method of addressing back pain.  If you have questions about how our massages can help you, give us a call or e-mail EVSpaDesk@gmail.com. I’d recommend trying our Athletic Edge Sports Massage, EV Signature Massage, or 75 Minute Wellness Massage which are the three best for Deep Tissue Back Pain Relief.

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Hoq’s Hot Toddy

Our neighbors at Hoq restaurant (on East 5th and Walnut, close to our old location) have an amazing Hot Toddy featuring Iowa Prairiefire Whiskey, Iowa honey and cider, and lots of throat soothing spices like ginger.  I sipped this drink with  my husband to warm up on New Year’s Eve and was glad to see it featured in Juice!  Click here for the article and to learn how to get ideas on how to craft your own hot toddy to warm up or soothe a scratchy throat.

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Meet our Neighbors: Gigi’s Pilates Studio

The spa clients who have known me over the 7 years I’ve owned my own massage practice/the spa know I have struggled with weight and while I LOVE working out now, it took a long time to get to that point.  One of the best workouts I’ve found for toning has been pilates.  I started seeing Lisa Lewis at Gigi’s Pilates over 2 years ago after several of my clients recommended her. 

When we moved our spa to the new space, I had the brilliant idea to suggest that Gigi’s Pilates Studio look at the empty space next door and VOILA!  Perfect neighbors (and my trainer can keep an eye on me!) 

Many of our clients who walk by their studio often ask if those are “torture machines” but I assure you, while some days it might feel like it, the pilates machines, when used under the watchful eye of one of their great trainers, are amazing.  Gigi, Lisa, and the rest of the team are great resources if you are experiencing pain or looking for a new toning workout.  Many of our clients have really enjoyed working with them and have coordinated their sessions at the studio with their spa appointments.  If you would like more information about Gigi’s Pilates, visit them on Facebook here.

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New Years Resolutions

For year’s I’ve been resolving to start a spa blog…so it seems that a
resolution blog is the best way to start off the year AND the blog!

Spas
are a great way to help stay on track for your new years resolutions
and goals. Some popular goals we can help with include:

  • Reducing Stress/ more “me” time: I think that any spa services are the best way to go about this!
  • Quit
    biting your nails:  Regular manicures are helpful in growing nails.
    First, if nails look good, you’re less likely to bite.  Second,
    professional manicures can help with dry, dead skin around the nail and
    cuticle that are so tempting to chew, especially in the winter.  Third,
    if you have a thick gel polish like Shellac on your nails, trust me,
    they aren’t as fun to bite (spoken by a reformed nail biter!)
  • Weight
    Loss/Fitness Goals: While massages won’t melt the pounds (we’d be rich
    if they did!) they will help keep you in shape, especially if you’ve
    gone from couch to champ overnight!  As your body gets used to new
    workouts, it is possible to get injured.  Massages will help keep you on
    target to meet your goals so you don’t miss too many gym sessions for
    soreness and injuries.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014 and helping you to have your best year ever!

smnycollageCassie and the spa team

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Welcome

Welcome to the East Village Spa Blog!  We look forward to helping you get to know our team, services, and our favorite products better through this blog.  Check back for regular posts and updates!

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