How to Customize Your Massage

When you get your first massage, you may be coming in as a blank slate, not totally sure what you should be expecting from the experience. After that first session, out of sheer habit, you may be taking everything as it comes with little additional thought. That’s totally understandable, especially if you’re new to massage.

But if you keep going like this, you may be missing out on an amazing experience.

There are many ways your practitioner can customize your experience to your liking, many of which are absolutely free. All you have to do is ask.

Music
Did you know you can decide what music is playing during your session?

playing jazz guitar
Music, like massage, is a very personal experience. You have the right to make it your own. 

We typically play soothing music, white noise, or both on a small set of speakers in each room. We have chosen music to please, or least not offend most people. But everyone has their own taste; if you don’t like it, don’t tolerate it for a second! The practitioner would be happy to turn off any music or white noise at any point in the session.

You can even bring in your own tunes! Some of our clients have been known to make their own massage playlists on their phones and then have those played during their sessions.

Keep in mind, though, that not anything goes. The music you choose shouldn’t be disruptive to the clinic environment. Death metal, for instance, probably wouldn’t be appropriate. This is, after all, a massage clinic, not a crossfit gym.

We’ll also need to keep the volume low enough so as not to disturb any other clients. Please also avoid lyrics or subject matter that are explicit or overtly sexual.*

Rule of thumb: if it’s not safe for work, it’s not safe for the massage clinic.

Alternatively, you’re also welcome to bring in headphones. However, please keep the volume low enough that your practitioner can ask you questions without having to shout at you.

Young beautiful woman getting spine massage
If you decide to bring in headphones, just make sure you can hear and understand your practitioner while you listen

Personalized care
Before you’re left alone in the room to disrobe and get under the sheets on the table, your practitioner will ask you about what areas you want worked on and any areas you would like them to focus on. This is the time to speak up! Our practitioners are not mind readers.

One of our clients says: “Once I was getting a massage from Nicolle, and at the end she rubbed my feet through the sheets just as part of her finishing move. I loved that! I’ve always had sensitive feet, so I’ve asked for that with every session since.”

You may not be experienced and may not really know what you want. Over time, however, you’ll find that there are certain things that make a massage extra good for you. If you know what that is, please ask for it!*

Do you like your head and face worked on? Ask! That isn’t usually considered part of a full-body session, but we’ll be happy to skip another area of your body to fit it in for you. If you want it added to your full body massage, be sure to book an HFS upgrade ahead of time.

Is there an area you’d prefer your practitioner avoid all together? Say so!

Enhancements
We offer a number of great enhancements to improve your massage experience and make it a little different every time. If you’re an experienced massage client and want to change things up a little, these can be a great way to do that. Some are designed more as little extra indulgences, while others have a more therapeutic function. These range in price from $6 to $40. Some of them lengthen your session time or involve special equipment, so those will need to be requested in advance of your appointment.

Otherwise, though, you can add many of our enhancements upon arrival. Just ask!

Little indulgences

  • Foot or Hand Scrub – leaves skin on hands and feet smooth and soft
  • Fancy Feet Treatment – perfect for those on their feet all day, this adds 30 extra minutes of focus for your feet alone, and includes your choice of special treatments to make your feet feel like new.
  • Hand, Food, or Scalp Upgrade
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Rejuvenating Rest – get an extra 15 minutes alone in the room to nap or meditate, comes with a free chocolate truffle
  • Chocolate Hydrating Face Mask – a treatment to leave your face soft and glowing
  • Essential Oil Aromatherapy – Choose from several different oils to boost your mood and help you feel like a new person

Therapy & Muscle Treatments

  • Thermotherapy Treatment – hot towels, deep tissue massage, and muscle freeze treatment combine to soothe and warm an area of your choosing
  • Tension Release-full or spot treatment
  • Ice Treatment
  • Cold Stone Spot Treatment

Book your next session today, and this time be thinking about how you want to customize your massage and make it your own.

*WARNING: The Good Life Massage is a legal, licensed massage clinic, and does not provide a sexual service. If you ask for sexual touch (on breasts or genitals) or attempt to initiate sexual touch, your session will be instantly terminated, and you will be charged in full. We will report you to the authorities and you will then be asked to leave the clinic permanently.

Tom Gunn is the marketing director and blog editor at The Good Life Massage. You can follow him on Twitter @tomgunnpoet

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