All bodies are accepted here! You may have encountered a person or media that othered you and the way you divinely show up in this world. We're here to tell you that at Auroraflow, all bodies are welcome and we strive to make everyone as emotionally and physically comfortable as possible. We serve the people and the people show up in many ways. In this article, as it is part of our mission, we want to provide an extra layer of transparency and support for plus-size and people of various abilities who might need accommodations, to feel invited and comfortable in their appointments with us.
Rest assured, all our massage tables are designed to support over 2,500 pounds, ensuring the utmost safety and comfort for both our valued clients and skilled therapists. So technically, they do have a limit, but they are well equipped for clients of all sizes.
Your comfort is our priority. We know messages out in the world tell plus-sized people to cover up, but not here. We also know that being uncovered and touched is an intimate and new experience for first-time spa goers, so we ask everyone to move at their own pace. We want to provide you with the space and knowledge you need to feel most safe. Feel free to undress to your preferred level. Whether you choose to leave your underwear on or keep your lower or upper half clothed during your massage, our massage therapists will ensure your experience is tailored to your comfort level. During some services, we provide robes or spa wraps and we have been mindful to be inclusive of all sizes. It is encouraged throughout your service to express your preferred needs and preferences.
During your massage, only the specific area being worked on will be exposed, while the rest of your body will remain discreetly covered with a sheet—a practice known as "draping"—allowing you to fully enjoy the benefits of the massage without feeling vulnerable.
If you have difficulty changing positions, our massage therapists will assist you. If needed, you can sit up before turning over, and our therapists will ensure your privacy by holding the sheet up, to block you from their view.
We work to provide the necessary accommodations that make you feel comfortable. Massage therapists have the training and expertise to discern potential issues that may inhibit your experience. Our massage therapists are experienced in providing exceptional service to plus-size individuals, and there are no contraindications to receiving a massage based on your size. Some contraindications to consider for all appointments can be found below.
A contraindication is a condition that serves as a reason not to take a certain medical or service treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient. Some contraindications can be cared for: with bolsters, avoiding certain areas, etc. General contraindications that you’d want to discuss with your massage therapist or share in your intake are below. All massage therapists conduct a thorough intake with clients at the beginning of appointments behind closed doors, so everything is private.
Contraindications to be cautious of:
Our massage tables are not the only aspect we have to make your service the most comfortable it can be. To fill in the gaps, we have supports that can be added to your service, for free. While booking, or at your service, you can request bolsters and arm extenders. Bolsters can be placed under your knees or back to support in various ways. They can support with limited movement or breathing complications. Arm extenders are available as well to make the tables wider. If there are ways you’d like extra support, please ask your massage therapist or esthetician. If we can't meet your needs, then we appreciate hearing what ways we can grow to be more accommodating.
All massages, facials, or waxing are different. As practitioners we have a general system to how we go about services, but each service is not the same because people are not the same. And we celebrate that uniqueness! Our team is skilled and experienced, and routinely tailor the massage to your body. Also to enhance your experience, we've added options to our intake forms. You can now request accommodation or indicate if you prefer a downstairs location. We also have ramps to ensure accessibility. These additions empower you to communicate your preferences and allow us to create a space that aligns with your needs.
Limited mobility is real for all people and our differently-abled bodies. To show up for folks with various abilities, we do have ramps and downstairs accessible massage or esthetician rooms available. It would be preferred if you could request this in your booking so we have time to setup. If you notice in person that you will need some accommodation, feel free to let the staff know.
We believe in the power of community collaboration and accountability. We've worked closely with Plus Raleigh, a local social media brand dedicated to creating space for plus-sized people across the Triangle! To ensure that our practices are informed, inclusive, and respectful of every individual's needs. At Auroraflow, our commitment to inclusivity is unwavering. We want you to feel not only welcome but truly at home in our serene sanctuary. As part of our mission to serve and uplift, we've provided these insights into the accommodations available to ensure your comfort. And all that to say, let us know where we can improve. We aim to continue learning how to further our mission of inclusivity!
For any additional questions or feedback do not hesitate to hit up our team or call/text the front desk!