Established in 2006, Terra Spa has served thousands of satisfied
customers. Our clientele consists of both men and women, from every
region of the country including San Antonio Texas. We are proud to provide a full range of
professional body massage therapy services.
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Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage for both men and women.
It involves the use of hands, forearms or elbows to manipulate the superficial layers of the muscles to improve mental and physical health.
Active or passive movement of the joints may also be part of the massage.
The benefits of Swedish massage include increased blood circulation, mental and physical relaxation , decreased stress and muscle tension, and improved range of motion.
Terra Spa has the most experienced therapists in town. We have been providing massage services since 2006 for our clients in San Antonio area.
Unlike drug therapy, which is often associated with many systemic and long-term side effects, massage therapy is relatively safe and has few contraindications.
It also provides many benefits.
Deep Tissue Body Massage
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Therapeutic in nature, as opposed to relaxing.
Deep tissue massage works deep into the muscle tissues, along and across the fibers.
These slow, deep movements are used to release muscles, aid in the reduction of scar tissue,
and increase range of motion. This type of massage is designed for
individuals wanting more detailed bodywork on specific muscle groups.
Prenatal/Post Natal Massage
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Designed to address the special needs of the
mother-to-be, this massage is designed to relax and relieve the added stress
that is placed on the back, neck and joints of the body. The specific needs of
each mother will be addressed directly with the Massage Therapist. When
booking this massage make sure to state the month of pregnancy at the time of
Ideally, Prenatal Massage should not exceed 1 Hr and must be after first trimester.
Hot Stone Massage
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Hot basalt stones are applied to specific points and muscle
groups. Organic oils rich with the green essence of field and forest permeate
your skin and work to undo the effects of daily stresses. The heat of
the stones relaxes the muscles being targeted allowing a deep tissue
penetration without the pain normally associated with deep tissue or Swedish
Sports and Stretching Massage
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This massage is dedicated
to increasing joint mobility, soothing aching muscles and relieving stress. We
customize this treatment to address your individual areas of muscle fatigue
Couples Massage is a gentle relaxing time together. Spend time getting the
troubles and worries of life soothed away as you spend time with your special
someone in a comfortable setting.
This type of massage is a great way to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or
make it part of a weekend getaway. You can both be massaged in the same or in
separate rooms. All our facilities in San Antonio TX have large rooms designed specifically for couples massage.
Private Couples Massage Instruction
Couple's Massage classes and tutorials are a fun
sexy way to connect with your partner! Classes and tutorials make a great gift
to give to the couple who has everything or to share with your sweetie.
Learn how to combine therapeutic and sensual touch, set the mood, and improve
your communication around touch during this playful and informative class.
Using a variety of massage techniques, we will go over how to keep your hands
from getting achy and sore, a full body massage routine, and fitting massage
into your everyday life.
Spa Foot Facial
Your feet will be cleansed and exfoliated, followed by a foot and lower leg massage leaving them soft and luxurious. Hot stones by request.
This is an acupressure and compression type of foot massage. Reflexology is an ancient practice in Chinese medicine that
consists of massaging and squeezing on parts of the feet or other areas of the body to promote improved health and wellbeing.
It has been used in China since 2704 B.C. to complement other natural healing methods while stimulating your recovery.
It is more than just a foot massage as its theraupetic benefits are numerous.
Foot massage is one of the most unbelievably relaxing treats that you can give yourself or others.
Terra Spa foot massage therapy helps in relaxing your tired feet the perfect to a stressful day.
The massage services are offered at all our offices in San Antonio including downtown and San Antonio Airport.
What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your massage therapist may require you to fill out a health history form. Afterward the therapist will begin by asking you general questions to establish what areas you would like worked on, if there are any conditions needing to be addressed, and to determine if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition and to see if you have any presenting complaints.
It is important to list all health concerns and medications so the therapist can adapt the session to your specific needs without doing any harm. It is also important to list any allergies so the therapist is aware if he/she needs to use a different oil or lotion during the session.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to the level you are comfortable. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.
Your massage therapist should give you privacy to undress and get comfortable on the table.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then I recommend you explore the many other types of bodywork that are performed clothed.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
This is known as draping and depends on the therapist and in some cases, the law. The vast majority of therapists will insist on draping. Once you are undressed and on the table under the drape, the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on.
The genitals (women and men) and breasts (women) will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel or sheet will be used to cover the breasts so the main sheet or towel can be moved to expose the abdomen.
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable.
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
How long will a massage treatment last?
The average full-body massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session.
Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage that doesn't probe very deep into the muscles, shouldn't hurt. With that being said, there is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range.
Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
How often should I get a massage?
"Some is better than none."
What does that mean? Well, it varies from person to person. If you are just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-6 weeks may be fine for you.
However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down to a maintenance schedule. Sometimes more frequent 30-minute sessions can be effective until your goals are met and a maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
If I want a really deep massage shouldn't I see a male therapist?
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. If you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. And of course, during your session it is perfectly ok to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure. It's your session!
And remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. The important thing to remember is that this treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Many therapists discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind float free and enter a state of massage bliss.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter quiet states of relaxation.
The important issue here is that there are times when you need to speak up. If the therapist is doing anything to make you uncomfortable, you should let her/him know immediately. Also, let him/her know if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's OK!
Do I have to listen to whale calls or flutes during my massage?
No. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
While many therapists play slower, quieter, 'new age' type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. Studies have shown that music at under 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
However, while this may be true, any music you like to listen to while you relax can be listened to while you get a massage. If it relaxes you and you enjoy it at home, why wouldn't it do the same during your treatment? Ask your therapist what music he/she has to offer or if it is ok to bring your own from home.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant decrease or freedom from long-term aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day - much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower, or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a glass or two more than normal is usually fine. This helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy.
How many sessions will I need?
Honestly, its hard to say. Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body's tissues.
When should I not get a massage?
In Terra Spa opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection. That's it.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But its always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.