How to Spa


If you don’t see a frequently asked question answered here, please give us a call at: 607.273.1740 or e-mail us at: info@rasaspa.com.

May I tour the spa before I decide to make an appointment?

Our facility is a hidden oasis in downtown. To be honest, we know it’s hard to imagine such an inviting, beautiful and peaceful place as Rasa if you’ve only seen our building from the outside or have never been for a visit. We’ve endeavored to make our Spa a truly warm, enriching, and sensuous experience from the moment you step inside the doorway. We love having visitors and giving tours so yes, please come by and see for yourself some of what makes a visit to Rasa such a welcome respite.

What session should I choose?

It’s hard to go wrong when picking a session at Rasa. Before booking, we suggest looking through the treatments on the website. If one stands out, book it. If not, choose a few that seem attractive to you or think about what you’d like, and give us a call to talk over options. Let us know about any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity you might have and what your goals might be for the session. We are happy to answer any questions, help you decide what treatment might work best, and if a specific therapist is recommended. On the day of your session, your therapist will once again talk about your specific needs, goals, sensitivities, and anything else that comes up to make sure that your treatment is what you want and need.

When should I arrive for my appointment?

We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the session’s start to allow time to fill out any necessary intake forms, get changed, and settle in. However, all guests are encouraged to come as early as they like and stay as late as they like late on the day of an appointment. Relax in our tranquility room overlooking the inlet, take a sauna, meditate in our meditation alcove, nap, read, sip tea, visit with friends, order up lunch from the Inlet Island Café, or do whatever makes your day special.

How often should I visit a spa?

Determining a schedule of visits is a very individual decision. The frequency of sessions is based on your own response to bodywork or skincare, your financial situation, and your current therapeutic needs. Committing to a schedule as one would commit to any healthcare regimen is, of course, ideal. Some clients are able to come to Rasa once a week and others come just once a season. Your practitioner will be able to help you decide the best course for you. If you feel that frequent visits to Rasa would serve you best, we offer spa memberships (both year-long as well as seasonal) to accommodate those needs. We also offer packages which can help defray some cost and encourage more regular care.

What are the health benefits to visiting the spa?

There are many benefits to receiving our spa treatments.  Some major health benefits of bodywork include increased circulation, injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, pain relief, better body awareness, deep relaxation, increased immunity, and detoxification. With facials, the benefits can include regulation of immune functions, clearing and flushing the skin of toxins, a reduction in fluid retention, sloughing dead skin cells, clearing pores (extractions), better moisture retention and elasticity, and stress relief. In either case the benefits of aromatherapy and acupressure can also be a part of sessions. In general, a visit to the spa is a gift to your whole, healthful person – mind, body and soul.

What should I wear? Do I have to remove my clothing?

For all services, you are given one of our plush robes and massaging shower sandals. If you are receiving massage, bodywork, or a scrub, you may undress to your comfort level, however, we do recommend disrobing entirely to allow the therapists to work directly on muscles. If you are receiving a facial, it’s important to disrobe from the waist up, or at least from the shoulders up. You will be covered by a sheet for your privacy throughout massage and facial sessions. Waxing is dependent on your session of course (if you’re only coming in for treatment and not spending the day, you will be offered privacy in the room to prepare). If you are receiving a Thai yoga massage, you will be asked to bring your own comfortable stretch clothing for work on a floor mat. For Reiki, you are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.

Whom should I choose as a therapist? Is there is difference between choosing a male or female massage therapist?

All of our therapists are highly skilled professionals with individual areas of specialty and unique therapy styles. There is no appreciable difference between our male therapists and our female therapists. However, if you have a preference, we are happy to accommodate such a request. Please be sure to make your request at the time you schedule your appointment so we can schedule the appropriate staff member. For more information on our therapists, please check our staff page.

Should I shave before an aesthetic or bodywork session?

Please note that newly shaved skin may become irritated during scrub treatments. We recommend that you do not shave within two weeks before any waxing appointments in particular. If you regularly shave your legs or bikini area, it is most effective to have at least one-quarter inch of hair growth before your waxing session.

Spa Glossary


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for psychological, emotional and physical well being. Smell is the most enduring of our senses and has the ability to transform our emotions and heal our bodies. The vast healing powers of aromatherapy can be increased when combined with massage.

Deep or connective tissue massage focuses on lengthening, spreading, and differentiating the fascia of the body. Many receivers of this work describe it as a more intense session bringing about heightened awareness, increased flexibility, increased range of motion, and relief from chronic postural habits. This work is slow and deep in nature and requires the practitioner to listen closely to the client’s body.

Energy work encompasses a wide range of modalities focusing on balancing and working with areas of congested energy that may arise from a variety of sources including muscle tension and emotional stress. Contact is made both lightly and deeply with the intention of drawing the client’s attention to patterns that may arise in the mind and body.

Hot stone massage involves the application of water heated basalt stones of varying sizes to key points on the body, giving a deep massage and creating sensations of comfort and warmth. The direct heat relaxes muscles, allowing manipulation of a greater intensity It’s a perfect treatment to feel grounded and connected to the earth.

Kinesthetic awareness through movement involves playing with the motions of the body through gentle rocking and the creating of waves. This work is deeply relaxing and helps to reeducate the nervous system on a profound level.

Neuromuscular or trigger point therapy is a technique primarily designed to address myofascial pain and dysfunction. This work focuses on releasing the “knots” located within muscles and works to interrupt pain cycles.

Paraffin provides optimal benefits for clients suffering from joint pain and stiffness. Warm paraffin treatments can rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish the skin by increasing the blood supply to the area being treated.

Reflexology is based on the belief that congestion or tension in any part of the foot or hand mirrors congestion or tension in a corresponding part of the body. Treat yourself to a foot and/or hand reflexology session and leave feeling as if you’ve had a full body massage.

Shiatsu massage literally means “finger pressure.” Natural body weight is used when pressure is applied on special points in the energetic pathways called meridians. By working the meridians, chi, or energy is moved. Wonderful stretches are included in this work, which is primarily done on a mat on the floor.

Sports massage blends techniques from many modalities to work with a particular athlete or anyone with repetitive stress issues or injuries. In working with athletes the goal is to increase their performance while preventing injuries. One form of sports massage is a short session before and after an event to help prepare the body for the race, ride, or game.

Swedish massage is often recognized by its dance-like, flowing style. The intention of Swedish is to increase circulation by moving blood and lymph. It uses a soothing manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues to relieve tension and encourage relaxation.