FAQs

What are the benefits of a massage?

  • Improves blood circulation and decreases blood pressure
  • Improves skin condition
  • Reduces stress, reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation
  • Decrease pain, relieves muscular tension, increases range of motion, increases flexibility, tones weak muscle and reduces muscle fatigue
  • Improves sleep patterns, improves mood, decreases feelings of anger, improves body image, improves self esteem, increases mental alertness, increases academic performance and increases physical well being

What is a chair/seated massage?
Recipient remains fully clothed. Chair massages are given by students, as well as Professional Massage Therapists trained to do chair massages. They typically last between 10 - 20 minutes. Health history is needed and will usually include the back, neck, arms, hands and scalp. Portable massage chairs designed for comfort and support will be provided.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
Your Massage Therapist will require you to fill out a health history form. Afterwards 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.

Where will my massage session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table specially designed for your comfort.

What do I wear during the massage?
Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Your Massage Therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.

What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or 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 will a massage feel?
It usually depends on the techniques used. Many Massage Therapists use a form of Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes (effleurage) that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Do not hesitate to ask questions or mention if you feel any discomfort so that the Massage Therapist can use another approach or technique.

Will the massage oils used make me break-out?
Most Massage Therapists use hypoallergenic massage oils or lotions. However, if you have sensitivity to certain types of oils or lotion please bring it to the Massage Therapist's attention as most practitioners have an assortment of oils and lotions on hand.

Is a massage always appropriate?
No. There are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The Massage Therapist will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage prior to any session. Your Massage Therapist may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

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.

How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage Therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment.

Can I bring my own oil?
Yes, but we ask that you check the ingredients before coming because some products contain nuts and we do not allow nut products in the building due to allergies.

Do I need to make an appointment?
It's recommended to make an appointment however walk-ins are accepted if a student is available.

How often should I get a massage?
You can get a massage as often as you would like.

Can I purchase a gift certificate?
Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase in any dollar amount or for a specific service.

Is it appropriate to tip a student therapist?
No. Our students aren't allowed to accept gratuity. However, rebooking with the student is the best form of thanks they can get!

Am I going to be covered during the massage?
Yes, you are properly covered at all times during the massage. You will get under a sheet and the therapist will only uncover the section that is being massaged, then pull the sheet back once that section is done being massaged.

What is the difference between a Swedish Massage and a Therapeutic Massage?
The Swedish Massage is a relaxing and soothing massage where they use a light but firm pressure. It is meant to just relax you and your muscles. The Therapeutic Massage is a deep tissue massage where they will use techniques involving their knuckles, elbows, forearms and focus on the trigger points and knots in your muscles.

What is the best massage to receive?
It all depends on what you are getting a massage for. If it's your first time receiving a massage, try a Swedish Massage. If you'd prefer more pressure you can always switch to a Therapeutic Massage. If you're looking to release knots and tension in areas of concern, try a Therapeutic Massage. If the pressure is too much you can always switch to a Swedish Massage.

How do I make a Cosmetology or Esthetics Appointment?
Feel free to walk in or schedule an appointment. We encourage you to make an appointment as we cannot always guarantee we will have availability for walk in services.

Can I shave before a pedicure?
Please do not shave 24 hours prior to having a pedicure.

Do you trim the cuticles?
No, the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts does not allow live tissue to be cut. However, we do soften the cuticles and push them back.

What do I need to do for an artificial hair appointment?
Please make sure you bring hair, as well as glue or needle and thread.

Can I bring my own product?
No, the NC State Board of Cosmetic Arts does not allow us to use products that are not purchased by our clinics. This helps prevent any accidents or unexpected reactions due to product ingredients unknown to the student and instructors.

What is Esthetics?
Esthetics is a specialized segment of education taken from Cosmetology, which pertains to the health, wellness and beautification of the skin, face and body alike.

What is the difference between an Esthetician and a Cosmetologist?
An Esthetician is a skin care therapist who has undergone specialized training in the study and care of the skin (integumentary system). A Cosmetologist is a hair care specialist, who has received minimal training in the care of skin.

Can I start out with a chemical peel or microdermabrasion?
No. You will need to start out with an enzyme facial to allow your student Esthetician to become familiar with your skin and how it reacts. Once you have prepped your skin with the enzyme facial, you can schedule a chemical peel or microdermabrasion between 2-4 weeks. If you wait longer than four weeks to schedule your peel, you will need to repeat the enzyme facial.

Can I wax and have a chemical peel on the same day?
No. You will need to wax first and schedule your chemical peel 4-7 days later.

How long will my face stay red?
For waxing: a couple of hours. For facials: you may have a pink or light red “glow” for a couple of hours. For Microdermabrasion and chemical peels: about 24 hours.

Will it hurt?
Waxing can be uncomfortable, especially the first time. You may experience a “sting” feeling that will last about 30 seconds. Chemical peels can also present some minimal discomfort. The sensations can range from an “itchy-prickly” feeling to a heat sensation depending on the acids used. The discomfort typically subsides after 3-5 minutes. Microdermabrasion can also present minimal discomfort as the tip glides across the skin. Many clients describe the feeling similar to that of a cat licking their skin.

What if I fall asleep?
We encourage our guests to relax and unwind.