What do I wear for my treatment?
- Depending on the type of treatment, some people feel comfortable removing all clothing and undergarments while others feel more secure keeping on their undergarments or some clothing. In general the less clothing you wear, the wider the variety of massage techniques can be used, as certain techniques require skin on skin contact. What is important is that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your session. Certain types of massage can be done over clothing. Be assured that you will be discreetly covered by a sheet and blanket. You should never feel exposed or uncomfortable during a massage and if you do please communicate it to your therapist.
Should I arrive early?
- If it's your first visit (or it's been over 12 months), you will fill out a client intake form so that the therapist can become familiar with your goals for the session, and any pertinent health history, including recent injuries or surgeries. It is important to disclose any health conditions so the therapist can be aware of certain techniques which may be required for your comfort level, especially in the case of recent surgeries or injuries. You may want to arrive 10-15 minutes early to give yourself time to get settled in and ensure you receive the maximum amount of time possible for your bodywork.
Are treatments Painful?
- No. In general a massage or skincare session should not be painful. Depending on the health of the tissues, in order to work out knots or tightness you may feel some pain. It is important to let your therapist know what feels good and what doesn't. Our licensed and professionally trained therapists will adjust their techniques and pressure to your preference so you can get the maximum benefit from your session. A painful reaction to a treatment can cause the muscles to tense during a session which is not generally conducive to relaxation or healing.
Are there any health conditions that would make a treatment dangerous?
If you have any concerns about whether a treatment is appropriate for you, you should consult your family doctor or health care provider. If you are under a doctor's care, a written referral may be required for a massage. Massage is not safe if you are on certain medications, so be sure to consult your doctor and obtain written authorization if you are on medications for circulatory conditions, blood pressure or anti-coagulants (blood thinner) such as Warfarin. If you have suffered an acute injury, you should wait at least 72 hours before having any treatment that may affect the condition. Be aware that you may experience some dizziness or light-headedness after receiving bodywork, and let your therapist know if you need help getting up off the table.
How will I feel after my treatment?
- Most people feel deeply relaxed after a massage or facial. Many people experience relief from chronic aches and pains that develop from stress, tension and repetitive activities after getting massage. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day after your treatment. This will help to flush the toxins from your system; our bodies naturally produce waste by-products, and if you don't hydrate enough after a bodywork session, the toxins or waste can reabsorb back into the tissues, and can cause a stiff, achy sensation. Generous hydration aids the healing process and helps to restore function. After your massage you should drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight, and increase the amount with salty food intake, exposure to sun/heat, alcohol consumption, illness and physical exercise.
What type of oil/lotion is used?
- Little Washington Spa only uses pure organic oils and lotions, (unless otherwise indicated, they are normally unscented). Our skincare services utilize the Eminence product line. Our bodywork services utilize Sacred Earth creams and oils. If you enjoy aromatherapy, pure essential oils may be incorporated for further relaxation.