How to Cope with Stress During the Holidays

holiday massage

It’s something we hear all the time when clients come in for a pre-holiday massage.

Us: All ready for the holidays?

Them: Ugh! I wish!

For a time of year that’s ostensibly about celebration and feelings of good will, the stretch between Thanksgiving and the New Year can feel awful demanding. We need to shop, cook, clean, travel, socialize and welcome guests, all while still handling day-to-day life.

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What is a Swedish Massage?

what is a Swedish massage

We’ve written quite a bit on this blog about the benefits of a good massage, how it can alleviate back pain, lessen depression and anxiety, and help us recover from our workouts.

But not all massages are the same. There’s deep tissue massage, for example, for people who are experienced massage goers, and things like hot stone massage, where a masseuse uses intense heat to help release tension.

And then there’s Swedish massage, perhaps the most popular member of the massage family.

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Make a Massage Your New Year’s Resolution

spa massage in PhiladelphiaNew Year’s resolutions can seem like chores.

“I’m going to have fruit for dessert!”

“I’m going to get up every day at 6 a.m. and run three miles!”

“Enough of these thrillers, this is the year I read Moby Dick!”

Thinking about our resolutions can seem like climbing a mountain with a couch on your back. But there’s on resolution you can make that’s both easy to do, and enjoyable.

It goes like this: “I resolve to get a regular massage in 2017.”

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Benefits of a Maternity Massage in Philadelphia

maternity massage in PhiladelphiaMassage has a long history of helping people relieve stress, and few things are as stressful as the prospect of giving birth.

That’s why a maternity massage can be so useful for expectant mothers. If you’re curious about getting a maternity massage in Philadelphia, read on to find out some of the benefits.

A maternity massage:

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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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How to Get the Most Out of Your Massage

Philadelphia spa massageIt’s hard to imagine getting a massage that wasn’t relaxing. Still, getting the most out of your massage is a two-way street. Your massage therapist needs to do their job, but you have steps you can take as well.

Here are some things you can do to get the most out of your nest massage:

 Stay hydrated

While it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water after a massage to flush away toxins, it’s also important to drink water before your massage as well. The massage pushes lactic acid into your blood stream. Water helps your blood flow and moves theses toxins away.

Talk to your massage therapist

Let the therapist know about any trouble spots: a bad knee from running, sore back from work, etc. We need to know your needs and expectations. When you’re on the table, don’t be afraid to let your therapist know when a technique is working, or if it’s just not working. And if you’re not sure about something, ask questions.

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5 Reasons to Get a Massage in Philadelphia This Summer

summerassage in PhiladelphiaIt’s summertime! Time to kick back and relax!

What’s that? You’re don’t feel chilled out?

It’s not surprising. Stress, exertion, and all the other things that leave us feeling tense don’t take holidays. That’s why you should consider getting a massage in Philadelphia this summer. Here are five reasons why it can help:

  1. You’re exercising more

A lot of us hibernate in winter, but when summer comes, you have more opportunities – and fewer excuses – to get out and exercise, and more chances for soreness. It could be biking or swimming or a round of golf, you still might strain something no matter how much you stretch. A massage will lower inflammation and help you muscles stay limber.

  1. You’re stressed

We realize that you’re probably stressed in the winter and fall too, but summer brings stresses of its own, from vacations to having to keep school-aged kids occupied. When you get a massage, your body releases endorphins and dopamine, which make you feel better.

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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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How Are the Basalt Stones Used in Stone Massage Sanitized?

CaraMassage_3We perform Stone Massage during October through April, or the Fall and Winter months.  We use a clean set of stones for each client. The stones are heated, oiled and used as an extension of the hands as they are effleuraged up and down the arms and legs, for example. Effleurage is a Swedish massage stroke where an open handed stroked is meant to warm the surface of skin and the muscles beneath. The stones can be turned on their sides and used to friction areas where adhesions have formed. This happens in the lower back due to long periods of sitting and not enough time to rest or stretch. The fascia (or the under-lying tissue) become bunched making certain movements like walking easier to maneuver on one side versus the other. One of the hips may be feel tired and stuck and it all has to do with everything being connected.

When we are finished a Stone Massage session, we place the stones in the dishwasher. They are washed and run through the full cycle. Then they are placed in a container until they are needed. We only have so many stones, so we may only be able to do so many Stone Massages in a day. The stone heater, that was modeled after an 18 quart turkey roaster, has an insert pan. This pan in also taken out and washed between treatments.

Pregnancy Pillow

bestof_prenatalWe just received a nod from Philadelphia Magazine for Best of Philly 2015 in Prenatal Massage. Being pregnant is a joyous time but it can also be an uncomfortable time. Callers will ask if we perform the massage session with the client lying on her side? This is also known as side-lying position. We can or we can position the pregnancy pillow known as the Body Cushion in place. This way a pregnant women in can lie safely on her stomach and receive a massage or even a back facial. We accept pregnant clients in their second or third trimester.