Massage Q&A

Desert Sage Bodywork answers our questions about massage as part of a wellness routine

Carrie Weinberg is the owner of Desert Sage Bodywork. She opened her business in January 2017 and worked as a sole proprietor. Two years later, she began expanding by adding additional therapists. Weinberg moved Desert Sage Bodywork to its current location at 85th Avenue and Deer Valley Road in September 2020. Weinberg says that what sets Desert Sage apart from other day spas is the approach she and her therapists take. “We are very passionate about whole body healing,” she explains. “Every session is customized for that purpose.”

We recently sat down with Weinberg and asked her about massage and why it is an important part of a whole body, wellness routine. You can find out more about Desert Sage Bodywork and book a treatment online at

Tell us a bit about yourself how you ended up as a massage therapist.

Right after high school, I attended community college as a fitness/health major. I was in a bad car accident and had to put school on hold. Part of my treatment to rehabilitate my injuries was massage therapy. I saw what a difference it made in my healing journey, so I decided to go back to school for massage. I hire therapists with an equal passion for wellness. Combined, our staff has more than 20 years of experience in the field. When you visit one of the Desert Sage Bodywork therapists, you really are getting a depth of knowledge and experience. 

Should we make massage part of our wellness routine, much the same way we visit our family doctor routinely?

Absolutely! Massage is drug-free and can be cost-effective if you use it regularly. There are multiple benefits of massage, including:

  • Lowers stress
  • Relaxes sore muscles
  • Normalizes blood sugar
  • Increases circulation
  • Boosts immune systems

Regular massages have been shown to not only make you feel better overall but improve your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and psychological systems.

What is the difference between Swedish and deep tissue/therapeutic massage?

A Swedish massage uses long gliding strokes to promote relaxation by releasing tension within different muscle groups. Therapeutic or deep tissue massage targets specific discomfort or chronic pain. This involves more pressure than Swedish and facilitates healing by releasing painful trigger points. 

What enhancements are available for massages?

We offer decompression cupping, hot stone, CBD oil and aromatherapy as add-ons to sessions. 

What is the best advice you have for someone new to massage?

Expectations are that the therapist can solve your problem or eliminate pain in one session. However, remember that most pain is the result of months or sometimes even years of dysfunction. Please be patient as we help your body heal and then you will start to see the benefits. 

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