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It’s important that you be at ease at your spa and your therapist, or you won’t benefit from your session. You need to be relaxed (many spas offer soothing herbal teas to help). But remember that you will take off all your clothes except perhaps your underwear, and most folks take that off, too. You’ll be covered by sheets during the procedure; the therapist will only uncover the part of your body she happens to be working on, then she’ll cover it again before she moves to another part. And they only work on your back, neck, head, arms and legs. Interestingly, how far “up” on your thighs they’ll massage depends on the laws of the state you’re in. Most places will massage up to mid-thigh; some go a tad higher, and some not much above the knee. Whatever the case, a reputable establishment will not allow its therapists to massage any “private” part of your anatomy, nor will these parts ever be exposed. Nevertheless, the relatively unclothed state of the client makes some particularly modest folks feel uncomfortable, so that’s something you should consider.
A basic, or Swedish massage, costs $85 for an hour at Spa Space, which is quite reasonable; in some places, you may pay as much as $180 for an hour of basic massage. Usually you can add another half-hour, or go for two hours, at a discount. There are other options, too; you might add aromatherapy, or go for a deep-tissue or sports massage if you’d like a more vigorous workover. And most spas also offer spot treatments of feet, head and neck, or other areas. My husband is fond of stone therapy massages, which cost $100 for an hour at Spa Space. Your therapist applies heated river stones strategically to your body as she works your muscles to relieve tension. This massage can be combined with a Swedish or other types of therapy.