Chopra Center Spa FAQ

Q. How should I prepare? 
A. Always arrive for your massage treatment at least 10 minutes early so that you can check in, have a cup of tea, and relax before your treatment. You will be massaged with special herbs and oils, so please don't wear perfume, heavy aftershave, or strongly scented lotions that might interfere with the treatment.

Q. Can I eat before a treatment? 
A. To get the full benefits of your massage treatment, don't eat beforehand (especially heavy meals). However, if you are very hungry, it's better to have a small snack so that you aren't distracted by a growling stomach during your treatment.

Q. What should I wear?
A. Please wear something comfortable, such as yoga-style clothing. Since we encourage you to let the Ayurvedic oils soak into your skin for a few hours after the massage, don't wear expensive clothing that could be stained by the oil. 

Q. What should I bring to the massage treatment? 
A. Just an open mind! Ayurvedic therapies are wonderfully soothing and nurturing, so let yourself relax as your Healing Arts Master takes you into a blissful experience.

Q. Will I be naked during my massage treatment?
A. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible while receiving your massage, so you can wear underwear if you prefer. However, we invite everyone to experience our timeless treatments as they were intended, which is in the nude.

Q. What are the benefits of massage therapy? 
A. Ayurvedic massage is a powerful treatment that heals both physical and emotional pain. Here are just a few of the healing benefits:

  • Soothe tired, overused muscles
  • Release endorphins
  • Improve circulation & lymph flow
  • Relieve PMS
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Enhance immune function
  • Increase flexibility & range of motion
  • Rejuvenate the skin
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Diminish chronic pain
  • Relieve stress & anxiety
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Stimulate weak muscles
  • Relieve tension headaches
  • Improve body awareness
  • Satisfy need for nurturing touch
  • Foster peace of mind

Q. What is the ideal frequency of treatment?
A. It depends on the individual, but we strongly recommend getting a massage treatment at least once a month and twice would be even more beneficial. During a difficult or stressful time in your life, a weekly massage can help immensely.

Q. Will a single massage treatment help me feel better? 
A. Yes, but to receive the most benefits, we recommend getting regular spa treatments. 

Q. How can I get the most from my massage treatment? 
A. Just remember to breathe and let go. Your healing arts master will do the work, so all you need to do is relax. Some people like to repeat a mantra, sutra or affirmation during their massage. We also recommend that you and your therapist set an intention for your treatment at the beginning of the session. 

Q. Are your services covered by health insurance? 
A. Most insurance companies don't cover massage therapy, but please check with your provider to verify since some insurance providers are beginning to cover massage treatments. 

Q. Have the treatment products been tested on animals? 
A. No. All of the oils, herbs, and aromatherapy products we use are 100% natural and haven't been tested on animals. 

Q. Do I need to tell the therapist about any medical conditions? 
A. Yes, it is important for your therapist to be fully aware of all your current medical conditions because in some cases, massage therapy is contraindicated.

Q. Can I get a massage treatment if I'm pregnant? 
A. Yes, but please check with your doctor before you book your treatment. In general, massage therapy is recommended after the first trimester.

Q. Are spa gift certificates available? 
A. Yes, you can purchase them at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad or by calling 888.424.6772 or 760.494.1648.

Q. Which massage treatment is right for me? 
A. We offer a variety of Ayurvedic massage treatments for cleansing, healing, rejuvenation, and many other specific purposes. Our guest consultants can help you choose the most appropriate massage for you.

Q. What happens at the end of the treatment? 
A. After all of our treatments, we invite our guests to relax quietly on the massage table for a few minutes, luxuriating in the peace and bliss of the experience.

If you have booked a massage treatment with the Chopra Center, you have full access to the amenities at Spa La Costa for the entire day. You are invited to relax in the spa garden courtyard and enjoy the saunas (dry and wet), whirlpool, and Roman waterfall. Avoid getting into the swimming pool after your massage, however, because chlorine will strip away the oils that have just been carefully massaged into your skin. Let the oils soak in for at least a few hours to receive their full healing benefits.

Q. Do I need to tip the massage therapist? 
A. Tipping is at your discretion. If you do wish to leave a gratuity, the industry standard is approximately 15-18%. You can put the tip on your credit card or leave it for your therapist in an envelope at the Chopra Center's front desk.

Call 888.424.6772 x1648.