Have you ever considered scheduling a couples massage with your significant other? Many couples find this is an ideal way to celebrate a special occasion or just to enjoy some pampering. You’ll find that along with other activities designed for couples in Edmonton, this is one that you will want to enjoy from time to time. Are you curious about what happens during a massage for two? Here are some basics that will help you understand what to expect at our spa in Edmonton.
Discussing What Type of Massage Each of You Would Like
It’s not unusual for a spa to offer more than one type of massage to their clients. That includes clients who are interested in couples massage packages. Since the massage takes place in a single room with each partner enjoying the attention of a personal massage therapist, it’s easy enough for one party to receive the kind of massage desired while the other party opts for a different approach.
This is especially enjoyable when each partner is seeking a massage for some particular need. For example, one partner may have tension in the neck and shoulders. The other partner may be dealing with lower back discomfort. The ability to customize the massage experience for each person makes the time at the spa in Edmonton an experience that both will remember for a long time.
Answers for Your Questions
Many couples who have never undergone massage therapy together have questions. Some of them focus on rules of etiquette that they want to observe. Other questions may have to do with how they interact with their respective massage therapists in Edmonton. One of the nice things is that it’s possible to ask all of these questions during the initial consultation. That allows the couple to prepare for the massage and feel comfortable throughout the process.
Here are some of the more common questions couples will ask. Remember that you are always free to ask any questions about couples massage that come to mind. Our staff in Edmonton will keep your questions and the responses in the strictest confidence.
In Anyone Present When We Undress? Couples are left to themselves while they prepare for the massage. Typically, the staff provides time for the couples to disrobe and to place themselves face-down on the massage tables. To ensure that couples enjoy privacy while preparing, the therapists will knock before entering the room, wait for a response, and then go in.
How Much or Little Should I Wear? Therapists generally recommend that couples wear as much or as little as they prefer. Many couples prefer to wear undergarments or swimsuits. Others may prefer to be nude. In the event that the couple opts for the latter, therapists provide towels or sheets that may be draped discreetly over each partner.
It’s not unusual for people to opt for couples massage treatments that require little to no disrobing. During the initial consultation, feel free to ask for more information about massage options that would allow you to wear more clothing. You can also get some ideas of what type of attire would be suitable.
Are We Supposed to Talk With Our Therapists During the Massage? This is a matter of preference. Some people enjoy talking with each other and with their therapists for the duration of the massage. Others enjoy the peace and quiet. They may even doze off while the massages are in progress.
In the event that you notice any part of the therapy triggers discomfort, do inform the therapist. Contrary to what some people will tell you, massage does not have to hurt in order to provide benefits. Our therapist in Edmonton will know how to adjust the process so that you feel comfortable and still get the benefits of easing muscle tension and helping you to feel more relaxed.
Do We Tip the Therapists? Tipping is usually considered optional. You may have the option to include a tip at the time you pay for the treatment. There is also the possibility of tipping the therapists once the massage is complete. As with many situations where tipping is optional, something along the lines of 20% is considered to be the current standard. You are free to tip as you wish.
Going Over the Amenities
The typical couples massage includes a number of amenities in addition to the actual massage. That’s one reason that you’ll have the opportunity to select from several options. The goal is to tailor your visit to our spa in Edmonton so that it includes all the elements you want, while remaining free of any amenities that you would rather not include.
While making arrangements for your massage, each available amenity is discussed in advance. You’ll know how it’s done, at what point during your visit the amenity will be provided, and even an approximate amount of time that’s set aside for each one. This will allow you to determine if you want an entire package or prefer to select specific amenities to include in a custom package.
Elements That Are Common for Most Couples Massage Packages
While the order and number of elements may vary based on your personal preferences, there are several key options that are likely to be part of a couples massage package. Here are some examples of what you can include as part of your time together.
Something to Help You Relax: During the first stages of your treatment, there is likely some time set aside for the two of you to relax and get comfortable in the environment. Soft music may be playing in the background as you enjoy beverages and some type of snack prior to beginning the first round of treatments. For example, you could select a combination like champagne and chocolate to help you relax. There’s also the option of going with something like sparkling water paired with strawberries or some similar type of fruit.
A Full Body Scrub: Your time will often begin with a full body scrub. The goal is to help open the pores and exfoliate the skin. The products used for the scrub are often natural and designed to help your body begin to relax. Many people find that the gentle scrubbing action leaves the skin with a tingling sensation that’s pleasant and helps them to feel perfectly clean.
Access to Showers: After the body scrub, you’ll be able to grab a soft towel and proceed to a private shower area. This allows you to completely rinse off the remainder of the body scrub product. After gently drying off, you’ll find robes on hand to wear as you return to your private massage room. At this point during your couples massage, you’re likely be wondering what took you so long to find the Edmonton spa and schedule your first treatment.
A Cranial Massage With Essential Lotions: While you’re already feeling more relaxed, there’s still more to come. You can enjoy a cranial massage that’s done with essential lotions. These are designed to help promote circulation and help ease any tension you feel in the head and neck. While this part of the visit will not last as long as the actual body massage, you’ll find that it does provide a taste of what’s to come during the next phase of your couples massage.
Some Quiet Time in Your Room: After rinsing away any lingering product from the cranial massage, you get to relax in your room. This is another opportunity for the two of you to spend some time alone before the actual massage begins. Feel free to talk about whatever you like, including how the treatment has gone so far.
Settling in for the Massage: Now that you’re feeling comfortable, it’s time for the full body massage. This part of the couples massage is what you’ve been waiting for. The two tables were prepared in advance, complete with clean sheets and everything else needed to ensure that you will enjoy the experience. It’s not unusual for the tables to be positioned so the two of you are in close proximity while still leaving enough room for each of the therapists to move around them with ease.
The two of you are free to remove your robes while continuing to wear any type of garment that you prefer. Once you’re ready, position yourselves on each table and drape at towel or sheet over your middle section. Remember to be face down on the table. It will only be a few moments before your therapists arrive. Once you respond that you’re ready, they’ll enter the room and begin the first stages of the massage.
Remember that you can opt for massages that last for anywhere between a half-hour to an hour. The amount of time is up to the two of you. Typically, a time frame is recommended based on the kind of massage treatment each of you want. There may be the need to allow additional time if you have a particular area that you would like to receive additional attention, like discomfort along your shoulder blades.
Enjoying the Hot Tub or Sauna: One final element of couples massage that may come as a surprise is the ability to spend time in a hot tub or sauna. Many couples find that this final touch is a wonderful way to continue enjoying the relaxation that results from the full body massage. Once again, you are provided with towels to dry off with once you are done with the hot tub.
Another Shower and Time to Relax Before Leaving: Before you dress, there’s the chance to go back for one more shower. This allows you to feel clean and refreshed before leaving the spa. You can then dress in the privacy of your own room before returning to the main lobby.
Are you ready to try your very first Edmonton couples massage? Consider us here at Life Stiles Spa in Edmonton. We’ll tell you what services we offer, go over the different packages we have in place, and put together a plan that’s ideal for the two of you. Once you try this type of massage therapy once, you’ll want to make it something the two of you do together at least a few times each year. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!