What is the difference between a spa massage and a doctor’s office massage?

Most people who want a massage are looking for stress or pain relief. Those people who want to “relax” normally visit a spa where they can be pampered and get some stress relief. Other people who have hurt themselves playing a sport or wake up with pain are normally looking for a more clinical massage.

I hear many massage therapists and consumers denigrate spa massage as lesser than clinical massage, and each time it makes me cringe; all professional massage has therapeutic value! However, I also hear an equal number of therapists misrepresent clinical massage. I would like to provide clear and reasonable distinctions to these two types of massage, and hopefully help move both industries forward in a productive way.

Spa massage: Most therapists are aimed at providing a relaxing massage that will satisfy the client and make them feel addressed and cared for. There is usually fancy water, a robe and multiple therapeutic menus available like hot stone and foot massages. They want you to come back for the stress relief and pampering portion of the treatment.

Clinical Massage:

Focus is on promoting proper function, working out and finding out causes of discomfort. Client satisfaction is also a factor but the massages are geared toward healing and not pampering. This massage is aimed at restoring the body back to health and not merely relaxation.

When coming to a doctor’s office for massage, the focus is going to be on care as well as having the patient leave feeling taken care of and having their issue addressed. Remember that it is not a spa and you are paying for the expertise of the therapist along with being able to use your insurance for massage (if covered).

Redwood City Weekend Events March 17-19

Here are some events that can kick off your weekend.  These are happening in Redwood City and the Peninsula:

Thursday March 16, 2017:

  • All You Can Jump: Sky High Sports (5am whew!)
  • Alex Edelmen: Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club in Sunnyvale: https://roostertfeathers.laughstub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=476710

Friday, March 17, 2017:  Happy St. Patricks Day!

  • The producers: 6pm at the Fox Theatre
  • St. Patrick’s Day Show with The Claddah: 9pm Old Princeton Landing: Public House and Grill (El Granada)
  • Tommy Castro: Smoking Pig BBQ, Fremont 9pm: https://www.1077thebone.com/amp-events/march-17-tommy-castro-the-painkillers-at-smoking-pig-bbq-fremont/
  • St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl at The Patio in Palo Alto

Saturday, March 18, 2017:

  • Molly’s Revenge in Pacifica, CA 7:30pm: https://www.mollysrevenge.com/home?calendar_page=2