Make sure that you match the therapist with the clients needs. Requested a deep tissue massage, and when taken back the therapist indicated she does not do deep tissue massage. This delayed my appointment.
When I've come in for massages, the masseuses give a lot of unsolicited advice and not all of it has been appreciated. For example, I was going through medical treatment and one masseuse told me she practiced eastern medicine, that she could see my deceased relatives around me, and that she could see a child near me. This caused me to start crying on the table! This conversation created quite a deal of additional hope, then grief and anger when things did not work out as I hoped.
Another masseuse, who I've seen twice (unintentionally), repeatedly chastised me to relax my body during the massage. The consistent directives did nothing to help me relax! The second time she disagreed with me about where I carry my stress and took a lecturing tone with me about drinking more water (which I already know is important). Additionally, this masseuse leaned over me on the table, causing her stomach to smother my face/head and body - not exactly a relaxing/comforting sensation. The massage ended up causing stress!
Neither time did I ask for advice from the masseuse nor was it appreciated. I would recommend that perhaps La Vida publish a document that outlines positive practices - like drinking specific ounces of water to hydrate muscles, etc. - for masseuses and masseurs to hand to clients at the end of service. Furthermore, practitioners should not be giving advice/insights unrelated to massage services. When I come for a massage, I clearly state that it is to relax and unwind, and I feel this should be the primary focus if this is what I'm explaining to the practitioners.
LaVida Massage and their staff are AMAZING! The massage therapists Kiran and David are stellar and make you feel like a new person after every massage. I have been going to LaVida 2 times a month for over 3 years and I feel like part of their family. The ladies at thr front are so friendly and helpful and they add to the positive ambience of the spa. Thanks for all you do!!! - [FIRST NAME REMOVED] W
My masseuse was very professional and great at what she does! I felt comfortable the entire time and I really like not being pressured into buying a package. The front desk staff was also very kind and welcoming. I would definitely recommend LaVida and will be returning.