There! I said it. Took me over 7 years to get to the point where I have the courage to shout this from the rooftop. WE ARE BETTER! WAAAAAY BETTER!
I see the commercials. JUST SAW ONE AGAIN! I get clients asking me how we are different from Massage Envy other than the fact that we do not require you to have a membership.
Safety in Light of Covid-19
Now that we are dealing with a pandemic, I know we have Massage Envy beat. First of all, Massage Envy requires their massage therapists to turn over a room in about 10 minutes. That is 10 minutes to disinfect, change linens, and anything else that needs to be done. Not good because most disinfectants state to let the surface stay wet for 5-10 minutes for full effect.
Secondly, most massage rooms at ME are pretty small and there is no air purifier in each room. They claim there is an air venting system. But honestly, suddenly all these businesses are claiming they have a built-in ventilation system. When I went to Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, they had huge air purifiers sitting all around the Emergency Room floor. I could SEE them therefore, I felt super comfortable and safe. You would simply have to trust ME that they actually have an air filtration system. This is the same reason why I stopped going to Lifetime Fitness, because they too CLAIM to suddenly have this air ventilation system.
We have powerful air purifiers that cycle the air with TRUE HEPA technology. They capture and clean out particles the size of coronovirus. We have this in addition to the other cleaning and safety protocols that the Medical Board of Ohio and the State of Ohio requires. We screen clients, limit how many clients we are seeing right now, and both therapist and clients wear masks.
I just saw the commercial again for Massage Envy and got really annoyed. I used to be a member about 9 years ago (after being in a wheelchair from breaking my ankle) and I stayed with them for over a year before cancelling. So, I have seen many things first-hand. The rest I have learned from listening to clients who come to us after going there.
The commercial was stating that if you come in this month you get FREE ENHANCEMENTS. When I was there, you had to pay for Biofreeze to be used; you had to pay for hot stone therapy or for warm towels to be used; you have to pay for every little thing that was not just a regular, boring massage.
We have lots of things that are just a PART of our sessions:
Deep Muscle Therapy
This is our signature muscle treatment where we combine a cooling cream with deep tissue techniques and hot stone therapy. Some of the deep work is actually performed with the warmed stones making the work super effective and even soothing.
Hot Stone Therapy
Every session we offer has some level of hot stone therapy. Even our prenatal massage. The warmed stones help to increase the relaxation effect and helps to quickly relax muscles for more effective therapy. It is said that one stroke with a warmed stone is the same as 10 strokes with a therapist’s hands alone. This is very true. However, we simply ENHANCE our massage by mixing in the stone work as we go.
We use a special therapeutic cream that we make ourselves that not only moisturizes the feet, but provides soothing, healing therapy for tired, achy feet.
Hot Stone Foot Massage
Our foot massage is one not done much around town. First off, it is much longer than most foot massages that are included in a massage. It includes lots of hand work, deep tissue, elements of reflexology, and hot stone therapy. It helps to relieve stress and opens up the energy centers in the body. It is one of the secrets to why our clients emerge from a session feeling like a brand new person.
We do Swedish Massage but also add in elements of other modalities as needed. We are unusual in that we believe in LEVELS OF DEEP TISSUE. We do not just use one level of pressure. We communicate with our clients so that any deep tissue work is tolerable to the client. And because we incorporate the hot stone therapy, we are able to work on areas that would be too tender or sore to work on otherwise.
One of the things I did NOT like when going to Massage Envy is the fact that I had to ASK for a neck roll. I also did not like their small, hard bolster under my knees. We use a large, fluffy, soft bolster. We automatically put a nice neck roll under your neck. Our tables are super warm and comfy and we use plush sheets and blankets (not standardized, corporate ones). You will be in a meticulously decorated massage room and you will experience wonderful aromatherapy and the best spa music during your session.
But That Is Not All
You mean there is more? Yup.
You see, because Massage Envy is so CORPORATE, they seriously restrict what their therapists are able to do. They have a ridiculous number of rules and things they cannot do. How do I know? Because when I was a client for over a year – I regularly asked questions of the therapists as I was just curious. They all knew that I had my own practice so they asked me a LOT of questions too.
Therapists in private practice are free to simply use ALL of the skills they have learned from massage school and advanced training as needed. Our hands are not tied. We are free to work intuitively and we are not constantly boxed in by corporate rules so we can work more effectively on clients.
Massage Envy Goes After Newbies
All of the large entities like spas and places like Massage Envy and Hand and Stone – go after newbies right out of massage school. Newbies have a LOT to learn and one can only learn from having worked on hundreds and hundreds of bodies.
Why do they do this? Because it is cheaper. They can get away with paying them $15 an hour or less and the new graduates are glad to get it.
With us – there are NO newbies here. My male therapist and I have been working together since 2010. He started with me at my home studio and then came with me to our new office January 2011. My female therapist went to school with me and when she stopped working for Marengo Spa in the Hyatt Hotel downtown, she came to work with us in January 2011. So, none of us has anything less than 7 years experience and we have ALL worked on a ridiculous number of clients.
When You Are Ready
When you are ready to experience one of the best massages of your life, give us a call. We offer day, evening, and weekend appointments. We offer relaxation, deep tissue, sports, and prenatal massage. Paula and I are both certified in prenatal massage. We are also one of the few places that offers a session specifically for traveling clients.
For a full list of services go to: https://ohiosbestmassage.com/services
To book your session, call or text Donna at 216-339-3401. By appointment only. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments.
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