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Win a Free One Hour Massage!

In gift certificate, Massage, Refresh, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on December 1, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Are you or is anyone you know stressed out?  Massage may be part of the solution.

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Every time you come in for a massage between 12/01/17 and 01/31/18, you will be entered into a drawing to win a “self care bundle” that includes:  a gift certificate for a one hour massage; a handmade massage balm; and a microwaveable heat pack!

BOOK YOUR NEXT MASSAGE HERE

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JUNE 2017 – MASSAGE SPECIAL

In Massage, Refresh, self care, Specials on May 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

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Summer’s coming. This is the time of year to rest and rejuvenate. If you can’t escape for a week, how about an hour?  I’ve heard that a one hour massage can be the equivalent rest of one full night of sleep! Could you use a little down time?

When you book and receive your next regularly priced one hour therapeutic massage in June 2017, you’ll receive a coupon for $30 off of your massage in July 2017.

BOOK ONLINE TODAY : PICK “SPECIAL OFFER JUNE 2017”

Give the Gift of Massage

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on December 17, 2016 at 8:56 AM

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Purchase the GIFT of MASSAGE for someone right now. Click HERE.

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 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]

 

Massage can help with Addiction & Anxiety

In Business, Massage, Specials on July 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I’ve read two articles recently about the benefits that massage can have for people suffering with anxiety and / or addiction. One of the biggest things I’ve witnessed on my table repeatedly is just how quickly safe, therapeutic touch can help a person to be more fully grounded in their body. We spend so much time in our heads every day – worrying about the hundreds of things we need to accomplish, wondering if we are doing OK as a parent; friend; business owner…hoping that soon life will get easier. All of that thinking and worrying increases our stress levels and specifically raises the levels of cortisol in our bodies.  That can put us into a cycle of feeling run down, often leaving us with decreased immune system functioning, tiredness and lack of patience, etc  A one hour Swedish massage can aid in breaking that stress cycle.

I’ve had clients come in for massage practically bouncing off the walls from the busyness of their lives – their levels of anxiety are high. Many of them, somewhere in our session time, will heave a huge sigh of relief and settle in – shifting from existing just mentally to really sinking down “into themselves/their bodies”. It’s not uncommon for people to shed tears as a way to release tension. They really get in touch with the effects life is having on them and are able to experience a sense of peace and well-being, often for the first time in many months. Massage has been proven to increase dopamine and serotonin and decrease cortisol  – all of which can help alleviate depression and anxiety and help support you in making healthier self-care choices.

We’d love for you to experience the benefits of massage first hand. Please check out our massage specials for July and August here.

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