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Changing Sleep Patterns

In Essential Oil, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on September 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

Fall is here. With that comes shifting schedules and potentially interrupted sleep patterns. Kids have to change their nightly routines in order to get up for school on time and our natural rhythms get messed with as daylight grows shorter and the time clocks change.

An easy self-care tool to support your sleep during all this change is to use high quality, pure essential oils.

A popular oil for relaxation is Lavender. [ Don’t get Lavender, Spike – as that is stimulating]

 

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Here are a few ways to incorporate lavender into a nightly, calming routine:

1. Use an aromatherapy diffuser. Add approximately 3-5 drops of pure essential oil per 100 ml of water. You can start the diffuser 30 minutes before bed time to get the scent in the room, and then let it run all night.

2. Make your own linen spray. Add about 20 drops of lavender essential oil to one ounce of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well – and spray before bed. Add or remove the amount of essential oil based on your ‘scent preference’.

3. Give yourself a light massage by incorporating the lavender essential oil into a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Add 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil for a 2.5% dilution and massage into your feet, temples and pulse points.

My personal favorite is the diffuser method. It not only lulls me into a deeper state of relaxation … it also makes the whole room smell great.

Let me know if you try any of these and what your experience is like.

Have fun!

P.S. – Massage is another great way to help you relax. You can book your next appointment online by going HERE.

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The Double Unwind

In Business, CT, for sale, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on September 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM

I have news to share. Many of you know that back in February I had to leave the original location of the studio unexpectedly. For the past six months or so I’ve been improvising in make shift spaces, and for a short time have been sharing a room with a new yoga instructor.

The news: we are relocating and expanding our current space.

I’ll be back on Main St in Manchester – just a few doors in the opposite direction of my original spot. A local man has purchased the old armory in town and has plans to rehab it and lease spaces to local businesses. When I walk through the building I have visions of it being an artist / wellness spot in town – there’s so much potential!!

To welcome you to the new location I’ve teamed up with the yoga instructor, Ellen Mangiafico, to create a special for the month of November. Grab a friend and come in for an hour of unwinding for only $50 each!! You’ll get a half hour massage and a half hour one-on-one yoga session at an enormously reduced rate.

I’m excited for you to come see our new location and to continue to grow and expand in Manchester.

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**Note – we will be moving into our new spot sometime in October. Until then you can still receive normal services at our current location on East Center Street.

Book your next service online HERE.

Online Booking for Massage Appointments!

In Massage, Refresh, self care, Uncategorized on August 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

“Self care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”  ~Jennifer Loudon~

 

Finding time to fill your well just got super easy!  Just click on the “booknow on MassageBook” button to book your next appointment. Then take a big sigh of relief as you anticipate the peace and relaxation that awaits you.

 

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Looking for the perfect present for a loved one who needs a mini vacation?  Gift certificates can now be purchased online too. What could be more simple?

 

Purchase gift card on MassageBook.com!

14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #14

In Massage, Uncategorized on April 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

#14  A good majority of people still think taking care of themselves is an indulgence.

It’s true. With all the busyness of life, feeling 10 steps behind yourself in the day, taking the time for a health break can often feel like a poor use of time. When some days the time to brush your teeth or your hair feels like a negotiation, how can you justify an hour for a massage? Or even a 10 minute meditation break?

With the cumulative effects of stress on the body, how can you not? Not managing the pressures of your life can decrease your health both mentally & physically. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, been moody, had a hard time quieting your mind, felt depressed or are finding yourself isolating from others – you may be experiencing some symptoms of unmanaged stress. I was astonished to learn in massage school that upwards of 75% of all doctor’s visits are stress related. If you are sleeping less, have headaches, muscle aches, high blood pressure, etc. as a result of something that you have the power to reverse naturally, why wouldn’t you?

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A few of the many ways massage can support your health and well-being? It gives you a mental break and helps you remember how to let go. It is calming to the nervous system, increases the flexibility of joints, eases muscle aches and can help you sleep better. It can increase circulation and help boost the immune system and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.  It can also increase serotonin leaving you feeling lighter and more at peace. All of this without taking any medications and with the added bonus that it just plain feels good.

Being “selfish” is actually one of the most selfless things you can do. By taking care of you – body, mind and soul – you’ll have more to offer your loved ones now and in the future.

14 random things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #13

In Massage, Uncategorized on April 7, 2016 at 3:53 PM

(March 15th marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA. I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.)

#13  Our bodies are designed to move.

We have the opportunity to live mainly sedentary lifestyles now a days. Sitting in front of computers all day at work, then phones, laptops and TV’s at night means we never have to physically engage or challenge our bodies. We weren’t meant to be inactive.

Here are a few benefits of moving more, taken from the ACE Fitness website: lower blood pressure; better control of body fat; improved immune function; increased muscle strength; increased flexibility; improved mental functioning; higher quality of sleep.  Some of the consequences of inactivity? Loss of bone density; stiff joints; weak muscles; weakening of heart & lungs; degeneration of the cellular energy systems.

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I see lots of “holding patterns” in my practice. Limited range of motion in joints because they are rarely moved or stretched. Shoulders curved forward and curvature in the cervical spine from endless hours of sitting all day. Our fascia, especially if we are dehydrated, will tighten and sort of hold us into place if we are always in familiar movement patterns.

Self-care is vital. While you are making strides to take better care of you and increase your daily movement – take time now for bite sized changes.  Once an hour stand up at your desk and stretch in any way opposite of what you do all day. If your hands are palm down typing, put them palm up, and gently stretch your fingers towards your elbow with your opposite hand. Shoulders always hunched forward? Clasp your hands behind your back to open up the chest and round the shoulders back. Walk to get a drink of water. Just little one minute “snacks of self-care” can really add up.

14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #1

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 16, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Yesterday marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA.

I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.

#1 Massage is a collaboration.

As experienced of a body worker as I am – I can’t force you to relax.

We have to work in partnership with one another.

It is my job to create a safe, calming space. I approach our time together with as much presence and reverence as I can and treat you with kindness, gentleness and respect when you are on my table. I use any of the modalities I’ve learned over the years to help improve your range of motion, reduce your stress and calm the nervous system.

YOU have a job too.

Show up 5 minutes before your appointment time to give yourself a chance to transition from your fast paced life into a more meditative head space. Communicate your needs both before and during the session. BREATHE. Taking a deep breath when we approach an area of tension helps the body let go.  Let yourself be taken care of. People who try to “help” me in the massage by lifting their legs, arms or heads are actually working against the process by engaging and tensing the very muscles we are working to soften.

I had a regular client who after a few months of coming for massage remarked that she was never able to fully turn her mind off or get into that blissful, peaceful massage space we all crave. After a bit of exploring I discovered that she had been so tired in the afternoons that she was having a quad espresso before she came for her appointments!

She was speeding herself up to come here and relax. No wonder she could never quite go there. :)

Help me help you and we will achieve much greater results in our time together.

[Come back for #2 tomorrow]

 

Make 2015 Your Year of Self Care – You’re worth it! | MASSAGE | Manchester, CT

In CT, Manchester, Massage, self care, studio on main on December 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Throughout the 17 months I attended massage school, we were required to receive massage once a week on top of all the bodywork we got during our in class hours. As you can imagine this was incredibly delicious!! Not only did it create a group of massage junkies basking in the glow of all of that nurturing touch – it also created space for some major life transformations to occur.

Our bodies can hold onto old traumas both physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. Many of my classmates and I experienced huge breakthroughs and shifts in our selves / lives. Working with a licensed, caring practitioner who is skilled at holding a safe space can help you to release lots of old junk.

The freedom I experienced from regular, consistent bodywork allowed me to do things like quit smoking, walk 5 miles a day and treat myself more kindly overall. I was also able to be more present in all of my relationships, laugh more fully, sleep more soundly and overflow with creative thought. The more grounded in my body I became – the more I was able to listen to those gut feelings and intuitions we all have. It was back then that I began to have visions of a community center – the seed of which the studio is today.

On a physical level the more frequently you can work with a licensed massage therapist the easier it is to build trust and do deeper work. Clients that come to me at least once a month for a year report back to me that aches and pains they’ve had for years have almost completely diminished. They say they breathe easier, are more present for their children and have more to give in all areas of their lives because they’ve invested in themselves and filled up the well.

I believe strongly that 2015 can be your year of self-care. You deserve it!! Your loved ones will thrive in the light of your best you. Then the whole word will be a better place. :) Because of this I’m rolling out new Self Care Packages at a discount from my normal pricing to help you achieve your wellness goals.

Package #1 – 20% savings*

Bi-weekly massage for 3 months. You’re jumping into the pool feet first. Ready to dive deep and be bold with the transformation you seek.

Therapeutic Massage                     Regular Price      Package Price    Savings

90 minutes                                          $690                       $552                       $138

60 minutes                                          $480                       $384                       $96

45 minutes                                          $390                       $312                       $78

30 minutes                                          $270                       $216                       $54

Package #2 – 15% savings*

Monthly massage for one year. You are committed and courageous. You’re in it for the long haul and know your self-worth. Carving out space for yourself once a month is an incredibly kind act of self-love.

Therapeutic Massage                     Regular Price      Package Price    Savings

90 minutes                                          $1380                    $1173                    $207

60 minutes                                          $960                       $816                      $144

45 minutes                                          $780                       $663                       $117

30 minutes                                          $540                       $459                       $81

Package #3 – 10% savings*

Monthly massage for 6 months. You’re craving change and know that investing in yourself can have long lasting effects.

Therapeutic Massage                     Regular Price      Package Price    Savings

90 minutes                                          $690                       $621                       $69

60 minutes                                          $480                       $432                       $48

45 minutes                                          $390                       $351                       $39

30 minutes                                          $270                       $243                       $27

Package #4 – Earn as you go*

You’re in – you know how important taking care of yourself is – you just need to take it month by month. We’ll keep a punch card for you at the studio. Once you receive 12 consecutive, monthly massages, your 13th one will be free!

*When a package is purchased a punch card will be created specifically for you with a start date and an expiration date. All massages must be used consecutively – be that bi-weekly or monthly. If you choose to skip a week or month the massage will not be transferable. The purpose of offering a discounted rate is for you to experience the full benefits possible from a regular, consistent massage regimen.

Small Business Saturday | Gift Certificate for Massage | Manchester, CT

In Massage, Specials on November 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

“A massage is just like a movie, really relaxing and a total escape, except in a massage you’re the star. And you don’t miss anything by falling asleep!”

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Make this your year of self-care! Tell a loved one you need a gift certificate for massage. On Small Business Saturday – 11/29/14 – from 11 AM – 3 PM all gift certificates for a one hour therapeutic massage will be $20 off.

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While supplies last each gift certificate will come with a free gift! I spent this morning making delicious smelling lemon sugar scrubs; holiday spice sugar scrubs; and essential oil infused massage lotion. It’s a little slice of heaven in a jar. Don’t you deserve a little “me time”?

 

 

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