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Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”  -Khalil Gibran

I see other massage therapy places (spas, chiropractic offices, yoga studios, etc.) in town offering services at a slightly lower cost and others at a much higher cost. What’s the deal with price differences in the world of massage and bodywork? We love this question. The rates at The Blue Buddha were carefully determined based on location, the market average and the skills of our practitioners. Our goal was to create a beautiful space on a modest budget that serves the community by offering affordable treatments that allow clients to include massage & bodywork as a regular part of self care.  We create a balance between a sustainable income for dedicated Practitioners and competitive market rates that we hope foster long term relationships with our clients. A fancy spa? Sure, that’s where you pay more for things like a shower, a larger space, an expansive menu, more treatment rooms, etc. Unfortunately the practitioner’s employed don’t often earn a market fair income. They work harder and longer for less and sometimes the intention and heart behind the work can get lost. San Francisco is also filled with many independent practitioners who work from home or are fortunate to have small studios with great rents, thus being able to offer lower rates. Truthfully, we’re just happy if you receive bodywork once a month from any practitioner who you connect with that can assist you on your wellness journey.

Do I Tip My Practitioner? Gratuities are not included in the price of your service and are never expected but are greatly appreciated by our dedicated practitioners.

Do you have showers or sauna? No. We are not a spa. We are a private practice massage therapy & bodywork studio. Fancy amenities mean higher prices for the client.

This Is My First Massage. What Should I Expect? Your practitioner will present you with a health intake form to begin. You will want to fill it out completely and signature the form. When you are ready to begin your session, your practitioner will lead you to the treatment room where you will briefly review the intake. This conversation is important as it allows the practitioner to determine what your needs are and what techniques will be incorporated to best achieve your goals for the session. The practitioner will leave the room at which time you will remove your clothing (underwear is optional) and lay down on the table (the practitioner will instruct you to begin face down or face up on the table). Cover yourself completely with the top sheet and blanket. The practitioner will knock on the door prior to reentering the room to ensure that you are ready on the table. At this time the practitioner will adjust the temperature of the table and the position of the face rest and bolster/pillow as necessary. 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.  As the treatment begins 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. Others like to talk at the beginning of their session. You should communicate with your practitioner 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. Give yourself permission to let go. When your treatment is completed your practitioner will exit the room and meet you in the client lounge with a glass of water. Sometimes the practitioner will offer a few words of advice to inspire you on your wellness journey.

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 pos- ture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are 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 ask 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. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.

What Should I Do During The Session? 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. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After The 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 afterward.

Will One Session Help Me Achieve My Goals? The honest answer is…it depends. For a number of physical and stress related problems, massage can have an immediate impact. Sometimes the effects of the session take time to manifest. You may walk out feeling that you still have the issue you came in with but the next day you notice a shift. And sometimes you won’t notice a shift at all. That’s because some of the effects of massage are cumulative. The more massage you get, the more benefit it generally has. A good way to think of this is to imagine how long it took your body to arrive at it’s current place of discomfort, stress or tension. What took months or years to develop will most likely not be resolved in a one hour session. Most studies that reveal the fantastic long-term benefits of massage therapy are following participants progress over multiple weeks or many months. While you can definitely get results from a single session, you will only get the maximum benefit from massage if you come regularly. That doesn’t mean you have to come in weekly.  A monthly or every six week treatment can be effective in turning massage into a regular part of your life. We encourage massage in any form and frequency.  We simply want to make sure you have realistic expectations of your time with us. Ready to dedicate a regular portion of your time to self-care? Talk to us about frequency discount packages. We want to see your happy face again!

I’m in my first trimester of pregnancy. Can I receive bodywork? Absolutely.  Maternity or Prenatal Massage as it may be called it, is geared to be relaxing, soothing and nurturing. Certain Acupuncture or Acupressure points are simply avoided, part of the session is conducted in a comfortable side-lying position and very gentle pressure is used on the lower extremities (legs).

I want to schedule an appointment for my 16 year-old. Is that ok? Most locations have an 18-year old policy. Prior to scheduling with us at The Blue Buddha you will want to contact the Practitioner directly if they provide direct contact information on the practitioner page or you can email info@sfbluebuddha.com and we will follow up.  If under 18 years of age the Practitioner may require written consent from a parent or guardian.