I have only ever had ONE professional massage in my entire life. I have tricked Dave into giving me a massage every now and then (and no offense to you dear) but it just doesn’t compare to a professional massage. Professional massages can release the stress and tension of your everyday life as well the ridiculous stress and tension that the holiday season can create.
My first and only professional massage was the day before my wedding, over 9 years ago. To say that it was relaxing would be a lie. I felt uncomfortable and not relaxed at all. I obviously never went back.
A few months ago I met April through Kelly from Sunny Social Network, a mutual friend. She raved about April massages and that piqued my interest. I have always heard about how much people love massages so I figured that I should try it out again. Maybe I just had a bad experience my first time…
When I arrived at Bloom Studio Salon I was greeted with warm, friendly faces and asked if I wanted water. I accepted the water and was given some paperwork to fill out as to why I was interested in a massage and if I had any health complications.
As soon as I finished the paperwork I was greeted by April and taken back to her private massage room. Immediately I felt at ease. The warmth of the room and the calming scents were enough to start me on my journey to relaxation. I was still a little nervous, but I knew that April would put at me at ease…and she did.
My first and really ONLY question was: Do I have to get completely naked? I had actually googled this question the day before to see what other people did. (Professor Google knows all.) Some people enjoy their massages totally nude and some don’t. I was of the non-nude, but everything came off except for the underwear. I need to have a little barrier. April just told me to do whatever I felt comfortable with. She gave me time to remove my clothes and slip under the sheet on the table. I slipped under the sheet and waited for April to come back in the room.
Soothing music played in the background and I was treated to a very warm and relaxing rice pack under my neck, which April makes herself. I knew immediately that this massage was going to be awesome. To me, there is nothing better than a warm heating pad/rice pack, etc. on my neck and shoulders after a long day.
April practices therapeutic massage, which includes releasing muscle tension and pain relief. She also helps you with relaxation for stress relief, which was something that I was in desperate need of.
When April is ready to work on a certain part of your body she will remove the sheet from that part only, while keeping the rest of your body covered and warm. I love this because I never felt exposed the entire time I was there. Believe it or not, I am pretty self-conscious about by body.
The massage was AMAZING. I have never felt so relaxed in my life. There were certain moments when I almost fell asleep. There were definitely some sore moments. I am a very tense person and have had some injuries to my back in the past, which causes me to have HUGE knots in my back and shoulders. April was very firm, yet still gentle with these sensitive areas. She really helped to work the knots loose.
After the massage was finished and I was fully dressed again, April explained to me where my problem areas where. I was surprised at how messed up my left hip was. She gave me some stretches that would help relieve some of the tension and stretch out certain muscles.
I loved that she didn’t just push me out the door as soon as the massage was over. I was able to relax and step back into the real world…slowly…after the massage. My entire body was breathing a sigh of relief after we were done and it took me a few minutes to get back into the mind set of having to leave the calming sanctuary.
April walked me out and reminded me that I needed to drink plenty of water when I got home so that my muscles could continue to heal. She also showed me her collection of hot/cold rice packs that she actually makes herself. I had to have one, so I got one.
Look how relaxed I am….. And how pretty the rice pack is…
With the holidays coming up it couldn’t be a better time to book your massage appointment! Also. Don’t forget that massage gift certificates make a great gift for Chrismahannukwanzukkah! Feel free to stop by Bloom Salon Spa and ask about gift certificates for Massages By April. You will not be disappointed!