Swedish massage is the style most recommended for beginners since it focuses on relaxation rather than intensive corrective therapy. But if your first Swedish massage is at Lakshma’s Healing Hands, consider yourself one very lucky beginner. Clients often comment that they had the best massage of their lives at the hands of owner Monika, who works out of a cozy studio in her own home. Here are some of the glowing reviews Monika has gotten from our customers:
“Monika indeed has healing hands. Can’t recommend her enough. Had a strain in my neck for 2 weeks. After 90 mins I forgot what day of the week it was, and that I ever had a neck. Ask for as hard as possible, you'll be surprised how hard a massage can be without it hurting. Very professional, I will go back.” – Jay P.
“Monika was so attentive and helpful. When I saw her I was 6 months pregnant and she was sure to accommodate me and support my needs as best she could. I really appreciated the thoroughness of her approach and her care. A lovely experience.” – Tara J.
“Monika is as friendly as it comes and goes beyond the expectations of customer service when you contact her. She gives a wonderful massage that will leave you very satisfied. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking relief of soreness or just looking for relaxation.” – Devon G.
The focus of Swedish massage is general relaxation, but the benefits don’t stop there. Here are some of the potential benefits of a Swedish massage:
You’ll have to cross over to the other side of Niagara Falls to enjoy a deep-tissue massage from the therapists at Notaro Chiropractic (which boasts three locations around Buffalo), but this level of relief is worth a bit of international travel. Here, the therapists and chiropractors aren’t just concerned with alleviating your aches and pains for an hour, but aim to truly correct problems through postural and lifestyle analysis in order to bring about lasting change. Don’t be surprised if they even spend some time teaching you exercises you can do at home to continue your therapy long after you’ve left the table.
If you’ve never had a massage before, you might have some questions. Do I need to get totally naked? Am I supposed to make small talk? Here are four simple answers to the most common massage queries:
Few spa services are as luxurious as a hot stone massage, and the massage therapists at Body & Glow consistently deliver a top-notch service. Clients especially like the cozy spa setting, which is dressed up in soothing tones of aqua and grey, as well as the relaxing music that plays during their treatment. Here’s what else they had to say about their hot stone massages at Body & Glow:
“I liked the free parking and how relaxed I felt after the massage. Nice calming music during the whole hour. She asked me how deep or not deep to go. Great service I will go back in the future!” – Audrey D.
“Sherryl is knowledgeable, friendly and a good masseur. She listened to me on what parts to work on and checked with me regarding the pressure. The space was comfortable, peaceful and clean. I would recommend Body & Glow.” – Carolyn R.
“Very clean, relaxing and calming environment. My massage was wonderful as I was asked which areas needed more attention and the masseuse was very reactive if too much pressure was applied. Finally, a 60 min massage that actually lasted 60 mins.” – Adrienne S.
Tipping, or knowing exactly how much to tip, can be one of the most awkward parts of a massage. Luckily it’s pretty easy to figure out. Just like for most other services, tipping 15–20% of the cost of your massage is considered standard. You can feel free to adjust the actual amount up or down based on the quality of your massage.
But don’t forget—always tip on the full price of the massage, not the discounted price you may have gotten with your deal.