Massage therapy has many benefits that go beyond simple indulgence. A great massage can go a long way towards:
- Relieving tension-related headaches
- Alleviating stress
- Improving posture
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving muscle tone
- Increasing circulation
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing pain
Your First Massage
At La Dulce Vida Spa we believe everyone should be able to take advantage of the wonderful therapeutic and stress relieving benefits of massage therapy. If you’ve never visited La Dulce Vida or have yet to receive a professional massage therapy session, we thought it would be helpful for you to know what to expect on your first visit. (Please do not make an appointment for a massage if you are not feeling well.)
Meet and Greet
When you arrive at La Dulce Vida Spa, please take a seat at the table in the portal. Our Spa Manager will greet you there and politely inquire about your physical condition and any specific needs you may have. Please let her know if you are experiencing pain. She will introduce you to your therapist (it’s very possible that your therapist will speak very little English).
The Treatment Room
Your massage therapist will then take you to a peaceful treatment room where a comfortable massage table dressed with a warming blanket and crisp clean sheets awaits you. She will show you where to put your personal belongings; a chair is also provided for your use. Your massage therapist will leave the room and wait outside while you disrobe to your level of comfort. Most clients prefer to completely disrobe, while some will remain partially clothed. Once disrobed, you will lie on the massage table, under the top sheet. Please lay face down. Your massage therapist will give you a few minutes for this process and will knock on the door to ask if you are ready before entering your room.
You will always be draped with the top sheet during your massage session and an additional blanket is available at your request. Your therapist will only uncover the part of the body she is working on, ensuring that your modesty is respected at all times.
You can expect a tranquil and comfortable environment during your massage. The massage table is padded and a heating blanket is placed beneath the sheet, which you can have adjusted to your preference. There will be relaxing music playing, unless you request otherwise.
Your Needs First
Before beginning the session, your therapist will ask you to alert them if, at any time during the session, a technique or stroke they are using is uncomfortable. Depending on your specific needs or requests, your massage therapist will either perform a customized full-body massage (for general relaxation and stress reduction) or focus on the specific parts of your body that you have requested. La Dulce Vida Spa uses only the highest quality hypoallergenic massage creams (Bio-tone) and lotions during your treatment.
To Paradise and Back
Most of our massage therapy sessions are one hour in length. This time includes 5 minutes to disrobe and become comfortable on the table, 50 minutes of hands-on time and 5 minutes at the end for you to re-dress. Once your session is completed, your therapist will leave the room so you may re-dress. Your therapist will wait outside the room for you, and then take you back to the entrance of the Spa. At this time you may wish to tip your therapist; $7.00-$10.00 is a typical gratuity, which may be given directly to the therapist. After your treatment you may wish to prolong the effects of the treatment by taking a siesta in the comfort of your own room.