Massage 101
What to Expect From Your First Massage at The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort

While The Heartland offers a variety of salon and spa services for our guests, most of our visitors choose to schedule at least one massage during their stay.  Following is a brief overview of what you can expect from your Heartland Spa massage:

  • Before getting started, you and your massage therapist will discuss what you hope to achieve with the massage and which type of massage would be best for you.
  • Your therapist will ask you to dress down to your comfort level, and will explain how to get on the massage table.  You will be covered at all times, except for the area being massaged.
  • The therapist will step out of the room while you get undressed and will knock on the door to make sure you are ready for him or her to come in. He or she will not enter, until you give the okay.
  • Remember, you are in charge of your massage and feedback is important. At any point during the massage, please tell your therapist if you need a lighter touch or would like more pressure.
  • At the conclusion of the massage, you may feel a little disorientated. No need to worry! This can happen after a massage due to the release of toxins and waste.  Slight dehydration may also occur, causing a light-headed feeling. You will continue to relax on the table and a glass of water will be offered.
  • No need to rush out of the room. Take your time. Get up and dressed whenever you are ready.  
  • Once you’ve experienced a Heartland Spa massage, we know you’ll be back for more!

Tips for Enjoying Your Massage
To help make your massage as soothing and relaxing as possible, following are some tips from the American Massage Therapy Association:

  • Arrive on time! Better yet, arrive a few minutes early so you’re not feeling rushed and frenzied.
  • Don’t eat a big meal right before the massage – you’ll be much more comfortable without a full stomach.
  • Communication is key – speak up if you have any feedback concerning the amount of pressure being used, the speed of the movement, the room temperature, the volume of the music, the scent of the lotion, or the lighting in the room. 
  • Some people like to talk during the massage, while others remain quite. You should do whatever you feel like doing, and the massage therapist will follow your lead.
  • Breathe! Breathing helps facilitate relaxation, so remind yourself to relax and breathe.
  • Try not to tighten up during the massage. If you find that you are tensing up, let your therapist know so he or she can adjust the technique or pressure being used.
  • If you are dizzy or light-headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. Take your time.
  • Drink plenty of water after the massage. This is very important as you may become dehydrated.
  • Most importantly, relax and enjoy the moment!