My first blog here begins with the season of fall almost upon us. Like spring, fall is a season that tends to inspire as well as necessitate change in our habits and in our homes. At these times, we are more likely to take notice of how well we are taking care of ourselves and make some changes for self improvement. So, in celebration of positive and healthy change, I'd like to offer this special to current and new clients alike.
I chose this style of therapeutic massage for the current special because I feel it has become underutilized as a therapy and perceived as simply a superficial luxury for feeling pampered and falling asleep. The benefits however make it a healthy way to treat yourself with care. Now through October 31st, a 60 minute session is $45, and a 90 minute session is $65.
Research in the field of massage therapy is at a youthful stage, but growing as massage is becoming more accepted in the field of medicine. There is recent research that suggests swedish massage improves blood flow for both active and sedentary people, and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise. Research has also shown that swedish massage has an affect on reducing cortisol levels, (cortisol aka a "stress hormone", at higher and prolonged levels such as with chronic stress, has multiple negative affects on the body); and massage gives a boost to the immune system with an increase in the activity level of white blood cells (killer T cells).
Some clients favor the classic swedish massage sessions that I offer because they relax both the body and mind. This session helps relieve the discomforts of muscle tension, and improves flexibility. It also helps to relieve mental and emotional stresses, and enhances feelings of well being. Regular swedish massage also helps improve digestion and sleep patterns. An oil or lotion is used to apply the strokes of the massage, and it moisturizes the skin. Smooth gliding strokes encourage relaxation. Kneading, rolling and friction of muscles and soft tissues increase circulation, reduce muscle tension, and improve flexibility and range of motion. Stretching, movement, and the use of heat or cold packs may also be incorporated into this session. In a usual classic swedish session, the areas of the body worked on include the back, neck and face, arms, abdomen, glutes, legs and feet. That may seem like a lot to cover in one session, and some people prefer a 90 minute session. Sometimes clients prefer to skip certain areas to focus more time on other areas of muscle tension that may be causing discomfort and stress. Also, just like any other massage session, you will undress to your own level of comfort, and are always covered modestly and comfortably with a sheet and blanket while only the area being worked on will be undraped.
Taking good care of yourself positively affects many aspects of your life. Make sure to put yourself right at the top of your to-do list this fall. You can schedule your session today, right here.