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 next massage:

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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:

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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.

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How Are the Basalt Stones Used in Stone Massage Sanitized?

CaraMassage_3We perform Stone Massages 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 stroke 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 feel tired and stuck; it all has to do with everything being connected.

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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: can we perform the massage session with the client lying on her side? This is also known as side-lying position. The answer is: we can!  We can also position the pregnancy pillow known as the Body Cushion in place. This way a pregnant women 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.

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.

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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10 Health Reasons to Start 2014 with a Massage

Massage Therapy Philadelphai PAAs the holidays come to an end and your routine become more normalized, its time to think about you and your health. More than an indulgence, massage therapy can help you sleep better, reduce aches and pains, and boost your immune system.

While massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine, it is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Research into the many health benefits of massage will help you put aside any thoughts that massage is only an indulgence.

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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