Natural Resources Day Spa
A Respite For Mind, Body And Spirit

F.A.Q.'s - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment? For your convenience, we suggest that all clients make an appointment. However, we often accomodate walk-in appointments as available.

Is massage safe? Yes! Natural Resources Day Spa only employs licensed massage therapists who are trained to assess your specific requirements and tailor your massage for your needs.

Is massage therapy covered by my medical insurance? If massage therapy is required due to an accident or injury, your medical insurance may cover the costs of your treatment. For information specific to your provider, please call your insurance  company.

Where will my massage or bodywork 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 especially designed for your comfort.

Must I be completely undressed? Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe? The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or towel.

Will I be covered during the session? You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

What parts of my body will be massaged? A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What will the massage or bodywork feel like? A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for clients. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes 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. The oil also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork? There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session? Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session? 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.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork? Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable? Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. 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 or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required. Also, Natural Resources Day Spa will not provide massages for guests in their first trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, we take great care in providing a clean, comfortable environment. So, if you have the flu, bronchitis, or are on antibiotics, or have open soars, please reschedule your appointments after such time that the symptoms or contraindications have passed. Although we go to great lengths in cleaning, it is better not to introduce such things in the environment. Thank you for your understanding.

What is a Sports Massage? A Sports Massage is a massage that is specifically designed to sooth athlete’s aching muscles following an event and is used to prepare the athlete’s muscles prior to an event.

What is Therapeutic Massage? Therapeutic Massage is suggested for stressed, or sore muscles or for specific problem areas or conditions. Migraine headaches, for example, can be significantly reduced or eliminated by a program of therapeutic massage. Over the years, our therapists have had extraordinary results in working with our clients. We have seen dramatic reduction is headache frequency, a decrease in problems associated with TMJ, greater mobility with shoulder and joint conditions and improved sleep patterns as a result of diminished pain from chronic conditions. Our therapists can answer more detailed questions for you.



3315 State Route 257 | Seneca, PA 16346 | (814) 678-2345