Post writer Janelle Erlichman writes:
After undressing and putting on a robe I move into the Relaxation Room -- and do just that, until Ian, my massage therapist, peeks inside. We move into one of the therapy rooms and while Ian waits outside I hang my robe on the back of the door and slip between the sheets. Serenity offers a variety of different massages. The tension-relief massage concentrates on the back, neck and shoulders, while the therapeutic full-body massage works the whole body from head to toe. Extended therapeutic massages are available for those really stressful days. And the sports massage offers an intensive massage designed to aid in the recovery of muscle tissue after vigorous physical activity. Massages start at $50 and go up to $385 for a series of six.
Ian's hands are magic. They can go from gentle to tough in an instant. He works my feet, legs, arms, back, front, shoulder and head while I drift off. He presses, rubs and pounds with soft-smelling lotions that make me literally melt in his hands. He'll spend extra time on any area that is particularly troublesome. The only unpleasant sensation comes when the massage ends.
I stumble back into the Relaxation Room. Ian pours me a glass of water while I wait for my next treatment. The Relaxation Room offers a respite between services and a simple place to unwind. There are plates of cookies and pitchers of tea and water. Deep brown wicker furniture fills the room along with lots of current magazines and a comfy couch full of throw pillows. I suppress the desire to curl up with the latest Vanity Fair and the plate of cookies. After all there are treatments to be had. A clock hangs on a wall, but time seems to have stopped.