4 Reasons Why Spa Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Holiday Gift

Spa Philadelphia - Body RestoriationBody Restoration, a Philadelphia-based spa specializing in massage therapy, facials, body treatments and hair removal by waxing is just steps away from Rittenhouse Square − but a world way from the hustle (and hassle) of city life. The environment in Body Restoration®, is tranquil, and the energy is positive and free flowing.

A one-size-fits-all gift certificate from Body Restoration® makes a fantastic holiday gift because:

  1. Your recipient can use your gift on their choice of decadent, relaxing services available at Body Restoration® such as:
  • Massage – Therapeutic bodywork promotes relaxation, circulation, clearer thinking, stress reduction, pain relief, and a general feeling of wellness. Specialized massage includes, Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Sports massage and Maternity massage.
  • Aromatherapy – is the application of pure essential oils that penetrates into the bloodstream and has therapeutic effects on the body when added to any style of massage.
  • Massage Classes For Couples – Give your partner or favorite couple the gift of massage instruction. No prerequisite required, as this crash course is specifically for massage novices.

 

  1. It is easy and instant to purchase.

Simply use the form found on the website to order your Instant Gift Certificate from Body Restoration.  Once you have completed secure checkout through PayPal, your Gift Certificate will be emailed directly to you, ready to print! No hot malls, crowed parking lots or long lines of in-person shopping.

 

  1. It’s a thoughtful gift for both women and men.
  • Restoration FacialTailored to your unique skin care needs, both men and women will experience smooth, soft and supple skin clearly visible after this treatment. The Men’s Restoration Facial focuses on softening and rehydrating skin damaged by shaving, sun exposure, and the urban environment.
  • Tu’eL™ skin care is aromatherapy-based, natural, paraben-free, and formulated for all skin types – regardless of gender, ethnicity, or condition.
  • Body Restoration operates by the strictest code of ethics. Information gathered during the massage session or skin treatment is strictly confidential.  Clients are draped during massage, skin or body treatments. As members of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, the massage therapists and skin therapists of Body Restoration, take a pledge to abide by the ABMP Code of Ethics.

 

  1. You can be proud of your gift.

Surprise the most difficult giftees on your holiday gift list with the gift of relaxation, beauty, and wellness from Body Restoration. Ideal for anyone who appreciates a progressive spa experience that soothes heals and motivates.

If I Were JFK’s Massage Therapist

November 22, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. There have been several shows discussing the Kennedy White House years on television as the anniversary nears. One piece I saw discussed how much pain he was in from day to day. From the brace he wore under his clothes to the pill popping cocktail he ingested every day, I am convinced that massaging John F. Kennedy would be a massage therapist’s dream:

Just take off that back brace, John, and let me try some connective tissue work on it in a very light manner. With proper bolstering, we can ease the pain in your fifth lumbar vertebra where two operations had already been performed. You can even employ some of these bolstering techniques while you sleep instead of relying on a piece of plywood that was wedged under your mattress for support. The post-op exercises and physical therapy introduced to you by the orthopedic surgeon is what has helped you recover this far. Why not continue with these alternative methods and make a 90-minute massage session a part of your regular weekly routine?

Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.
Senator John F. Kennedy wears a back brace as he sits on the patio in Palm Beach, Florida.

Using Swedish massage strokes will induce hyperemia on the skin which turns it pink from blood flow being brought to the area. It will bring about better mobility than you ever thought possible. Simple tasks like reaching across your desk or removing your socks and shoes may not require any assistance in the months to come. Releasing endorphins through each massage session may control some of the symptoms felt from the Addison’s disease and it will actually allow you to feel good. An elbow placed over top of the sheet and into your gluteal muscle along with rotation of the limb will loosen and unkink any adhesions in those tissues. It will increase your range of motion, improve posture, and you will look forward to this massage technique more than the steroid shots you receive in that same area.

You will get way more mileage from compression work as the heels of the hands are placed on your muscle bellies to shift and unblock energy and thumb pressure on source points along specific energy paths that correspond to the body’s organs. By dispersing trapped or blocked energy along the body’s energy paths, your organs will function better. The digestive problems you’ve been having may seem like they are less of an obstacle because organs like the lung, large intestine, stomach and spleen have been nourished with healing energy, stretching, and finger pressure.

Consider this a sports massage session to help with those old sports injuries from playing football with your family. Plain water in-take after each massage session will release a lot of the toxins in your body. As much plain water in-take as possible will rid your body of the toxins created from the arsenal of medications you take every day. You may find that they only complicate your health issues and it may be best to try and reduce the number of medications. Take it day by day.

You’ve shown incredible strength in your ability to conceal your pain and take the country in the right direction. The grogginess, depression and occasional mood swing brought about from the side effects of your medication hasn’t made the journey easier. Migraines seem to be a part of the struggle to stay strong and remain focused. A scalp massage and pressure point work on the face will address tension headaches, migraine headaches, and sinus problems keeping them at bay for a longer period of time. The serotonin released in your brain during regular massage sessions can lift depression and clear away haziness in the brain.

“The issues are in the tissues,” is a phrase I have come to know and understand as a body worker. We hold emotions in our tissues and look towards a massage session that will relieve tension and promote better health. The goal is to improve your well-being, making you less dependent on medications and the need for your back brace. -CLS