The Benefits of a Sports Massage

sports massage in PhiladelphiaPlaying a sport can be invigorating.

It can also be exhausting. Even if you’re not injured, your body needs to recover from that level of exertion. That’s where a sports massage can help.

A proper sports massage can reduce muscle tension, help you monitor your muscle tone, promote relaxation, improve your performance and even prevent injuries.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of a sports massage, both on the body and on the mind.

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Start Spring With a Massage

Spring has sprung, but have you?

The weather may be warmer, but your body may still be in winter hibernation mode. If you’re ready for outdoor activities, you may want to consider a massage at our spa in Philadelphia before you resume exercising.

Here are a few ways getting massages can help you with your springtime workout routine.

  1. It will relieve pain

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You exercise muscles that have spent all winter on the couch. The next day, you feel like you were hit by a stampede. A massage can help alleviate that soreness.

  1. It improves circulation

A massage keeps your circulatory system in good working order, delivering all-important oxygen to your body to help fuel a vigorous workout.

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Thinking About a Facial ?

Spa facial restorationAre you thinking about having a facial at Body Restoration Spa? If you’ve had facials before, please note that we take the Skin Care Profile very seriously. It means that you would need to complete this client consultation form which is two sided. We recommend you ask for this facial form and take it home and complete it. It asks questions like, “What time of day do you see an oily shine come out on your skin?” Or, “how much plain water do you drink a day?” There are lifestyle questions, exfoliation questions, allergies, etc.

Complete the form when you are comfortable and not rushed so that your answers are as accurate as can be. Bring the form with you to your appointment. It beats coming for a facial and having to sit and rush through the form in order to start the service on time. These questions are taken into account when deciding what skin type you have, what skin condition you may have, special challenges on your skin that you would like us to address, how much steam is appropriate, any prescriptions you are using that may affect your skin, etc. Make the most of your facial appointment by completing the form ahead of time. You can print it from our web site by clicking here.

Spring is the perfect time of year to renew your skin with a spa facial. Put your best foot forward with a relaxing professional exfoliation and prepare for the warm weather to come. Depending on your skin profile, we will create a facial experience that will rejuvenate and soothe your skin. Contact us today by phone or through our website to schedule your appointment.

Treat Your Skin With A Facial This Winter Season

Cleaning face with cotton padsA facial can soften and hydrate, replenish and protect against the Winter weather. It’s not uncommon to feel lips chapping or wind burn on the face during these colder months. But with a creamy cleanser, light exfoliation, and a heavier moisturizer, your skin can be conditioned to withstand the cold, dry air felt all through Winter.

First we would have you complete the Skin Care Client Profile and look at questions like how much water you drink a day. We would ask about dryness, flakiness and tightness felt on your skin. We ask how much caffeine you have each day as caffeine can dehydrate the skin.

Then we would select the products based on your skin type. This is determined by what time of day you notice an oily shine coming out on your skin, if at all.

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The New Date Night: Couples Massage, then Dinner

Couples massage is a nice outing together and has often replaced the old stand-by of “dinner and a movie.” Most couples massage clients come for the massage first and head to dinner afterwards. If you are someone who falls asleep during movies, go ahead and nod off during your massage. You’ll feel refreshed with a feeling of clarity when it’s complete.

Couples massage in session before dinner is a better ordering of the two, if you will.
Couples massage before dinner is a better ordering of the two, if you will.

Contemplating a Back Wax?

Follow these Prep Steps and a back wax shouldn’t be that bad.

If you’ve had someone shave your back for you, please let it grow at least two to three weeks prior to your back wax appointment.

Avoid caffeine before your wax visit.

If you are taking an oral acne medication prescribed by the dermatologist, you cannot be waxed at all.

It is strongly recommended that you refrain from shaving your back going forward. Shaving toughens the hair making the wax more painful. The goal is to only wax the back so it will soften the hair and allow the hair growth to become sparser.

Please let us know if you’ve had a back wax before and whether or not you had any issues, i.e. break-outs on the back. This will allow us to determine which after products we will use to treat your back once the service is completed.

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Massages Make You Feel Great. Did You Know They Can Also Make You Healthier?

massage for healthWhen you first look for your certified massage therapist in Philadelphia, you may just be seeking a little time for relaxation. But, did you know a massage can also make you healthier? There are many mental and physical benefits of massage.

Stress relief. Seek out a Philadelphia spa massage therapist to help you relax your muscles and your mind. A common massage used to reduce stress and lower anxiety is called the Swedish massage. This is one of the most popular styles of massage in Philadelphia and around the country. It is a gentle massage that involves long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping. Your certified massage therapist will use this style to help relax and energize you.

Strengthens immune system. This is in part because massages relieve stress, which improves your immune system, and because clinical studies have indicated massage can naturally increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity. Simply put, massage increases the activity level of the body’s natural “killer” cells, which fight off sickness. So, getting a massage is very useful, especially during the months when everyone seems to be sick.

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Five Reasons That a Spa Facial is a Necessity

Spa Facial: Rittenhouse SquareIf the eyes are a window to the soul, then the skin is a mirror, reflecting your overall health and vitality for the entire world to see.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and works valiantly every day to protect us. Skin is a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. Skin also releases antibacterial substances that prevent infection as well as manufactures vitamin D that converts calcium into healthy bones.

Shouldn’t a superstar like this be treated to the very best care possible?

A professionally performed health spa facial is one of the best ways to take good care of your skin.

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Prolonging the Effects of Your Massage

• After your massage, drink plenty of water through the next two to three days

• Eat light foods and try to rest after the treatment

• Do not engage in any stressful activity if possible. If working out at the gym, it is not recommended to lift weights after a deep tissue massage

• Enjoy the application of oils from the treatment as they continue to moisturize your skin

• Moist heat (i.e. hot water packs) and ice can be used alternately for 10 minutes on areas of soreness to heal the areas where deeper massage work was performed

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Epsom Salts

• Soak in a hot bath with Epsom salts (pictured). Epsom Salts help relieve pain and soreness, and helps draw toxins from the body

• It is not uncommon to feel soreness after a massage. The health spa massage therapist has uncovered an area where there is a lot of tension. Alternating hot and cold compresses on the area of soreness will help, as well

 

Seven Tips for Buying a Spa Gift Certificate She’ll Actually Use

Advice for Male Shoppers Looking for Spa Services as Gifts.

  • Find out the name of the spa she likes to visit.
  • Purchase the gift certificate for a dollar amount.
  • Your attempts to piece together her day of relaxation should really be left to her decision.
  • If you’ve waited until the last minute, call the spa and ask if the spa gift certificate can be purchased online so the gift certificate comes to you instantly via email.
  • Surprising her with a trip to the spa and dinner later may complicate matters. She needs to bring make-up, toiletries, and a fresh change of clothes, to feel her best for a night on the town.
  • Pressing for a same day appointment or begging the spa to squeeze her in on the actual day of her birthday will make the event more stressful for you and her.
  • Guys, we all know you’re well-intentioned in your efforts to surprise the woman you love. When calling a spa in a panic, make it easier on yourselves and present a spa gift certificate to your lady. Trust me; she can handle everything from there.

    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa
    Restoration Facial at Body Restoration Spa