There’s something just a bit special about couples massage. Giving your partner a body massage is a treat; and a wonderful way of helping them de-stress after a hard day and showing them you care. There are obvious benefits to the lucky person on the receiving end of the massage of course; but what about the person giving it?
Spending time doing something solely for your partner really does show them that you care. Yes, you could give them a coupon for a massage at the spa but think about how romantic it can be to dim the lights and take care of massage yourself?
A spa or salon massage is necessarily clinical – it’s relaxing and enjoyable of course but it’s in a massage bed with someone who has to keep you at emotional and physical arm’s length to do a professional job. Couples massage is completely different; you’re massaging in your own familiar surroundings, there’s no pressure and you don’t have to leave after 60 minutes. The relaxing benefits of massage from someone that you know well are easy to understand. There’s no awkwardness so he or she can get straight into the feel-good tension busting mood.
It helps to build trust
Trust is vital to any relationship and a massage is a wonderful way to establish that bond. If you know your partner really well – and we assume you do – you’ll be able to pinpoint the exact moment that they just let themselves go deeply into the massage and relax under your touch completely. At that point, they are completely surrendering and trusting you totally. It’s a powerful emotional connection for both partners. Building trust leads to stronger feelings of intimacy, which helps to reduce stress. Reducing stress has a cumulative effect; it helps protect against conditions that develop when stress builds up in the body like cardiovascular disease, autoimmune conditions and even IBS.
It improves intimacy
A couple’s massage is a completely different thing than a professional treatment, even if the strokes do the same thing. Of course, that’s how it should be; nobody wants to get too attached to their massage therapist! When you’re having a couples’ massage though it’s a different scenario – you’re doing this for your partner because you care for them and want to be physically close to them. Intimacy isn’t just a physical thing – it’s also about emotional closeness which isn’t something that all relationships have automatically. Building an intimate connection with someone is good for your overall health; it releases the hormone oxytocin which promotes bonding and also helps to boost your overall wellbeing. You can nurture the intimate connection with your lover just by spending time alone with them, just concentrating on each other. Although massage isn’t the only way to do this of course, it’s a really good way! Try it – watch as your emotional connection deepens.
Giving a massage makes YOU feel good
You’re so wrapped up in giving that massage and making your partner feel good that you don’t have the time to think about day to day niggles. Those minor irritations that seemed so important get put to one side as you massage away, and the tension seems to melt away from both of you. You can become quite absorbed in the act! There’s no denying that giving a massage can feel as good as getting one as you bond with your lover. A couples’ massage session gives you peace, quiet and alone time where you can tune in to each other’s needs. The act of making your partner feel good reflects on you and you’ll feel more positive about yourself and your relationship. You might even be able to talk your other half into returning the favor…
"I really need a massage, but I'm confused by the dozens of different types to choose from." You may have been asking yourself, "What's the difference between a Swedish, deep tissue, or chair massage?" "How do I know which one to pick?"
Here are some of the most popular massages.
You've probably seen these strange contraptions at conventions, the mall, nail salons, and maybe even your office. With a chair massage, you are sitting face forward so the therapist can massage your neck, shoulders, and back. The good thing is you don't have to take off your clothes or have oils slathered all over you. A chair massage can really get the tension out of your upper body.
Traditional massages are great when you just need a little stress relief and relaxation. When you have knotted muscles, however, or have more specific ailments, more intense techniques are required. It's not just more pressure all over your body, it's very specific, methodical treatment. This is not the kind of massage to ask for if you expect to feel relaxed during the therapy. You may even be sore for a day or two after your massage.
Swedish massage is more soothing, leaving you feeling like you've been wrapped in a cloud and the reset button pressed on your body. This is the most common type of massage, and what many people think about when they hear the word massage.
Regardless of the type of massage you opt for, be sure to tell your therapist if you feel pain, soreness or tension in any areas. This helps us know where to start your massage. Also, communicate if you have any health issues, and, during the massage, how the pressure feels. When you find a therapist you like, you might want to book a standing appointment for management of pain and stress. You won't regret making that regular appointment!
Make 2018 your healthiest year yet! Do you want to achieve health and happiness in the New Year? Here is a list of worthwhile New Year’s resolutions to commit to in 2018.
It’s always good to be active and fit, but you don’t need to be a marathon runner or world-class weightlifter to achieve these goals. You can increase your activity by simply walking more places or spending more time outside on activities like gardening or swimming. You can get the whole family involved in fun outdoor activities and excursions that keep everyone fit, healthy and happy.
Start the New Year off right by changing your diet to reflect changing needs. Whether that means getting more greens, more water, or more protein, incorporate into your diet the things your body may be missing.
This year, make it a point to avoid stressing the small annoyances in life. In addition to taking a toll on your mental and physical health, stress isn’t fun to deal with! Instead of feeling the stress and anxiety that comes with everyday life, focus your efforts on activities that soothe and relax you.
New Year's resolutions are fun to make but can be difficult to maintain. It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. Prepare yourself properly to meet your goals. So, Seize today! Start building a plan to Get Active, Eat Healthy, and Cut Stress. Begin with one specific goal to build your way to sustainable healthy habits. Massage is a great addition to your wellness routine.
Glistening holiday lights and frosty landscapes of the winter months can be so beautiful! Not to mention the fun and unique winter activities we get to partake in. However, these sun deprived months and shorter days can make you feel a sense of low.
Here are tips to help you escape the winter blues.
Socialize with others.
Being around other people can boost your mood. I know it's tempting after a long day to curl up and tune to world out. Resist the urge and fill your calendar up with group outings and social events.
Move to boost your mood.
It's cold and you want to stay inside. Instead, try pugging your head phones in and taking a walk around the block. A 10 minute walk will get your heart rate up and release mood boosting endorphins.
Sunlight can help motivate your focus, and lower your stress. It can be as simple as sitting closer to the window or taking a stroll around your favorite park. Getting 30 min of sunlight a day can give you an overall sense of calm and a higher sense of wellbeing. Plus it is the only natural way your body produces vitamin D.
Balance your mind and body.
Massage naturally raise our serotonin levels, it can help ease the tension that cold gloomy weather can bring. There is nothing better than a warm cozy massage to maintain balance in your body and mind.
While it is tempting to hibernate for the remainder of the season, be active! It will help you live a healthier and well-balanced life. Don't let the winter blues get you down, come and get a massage instead.
Doesn't that sound better than hibernating?
Thanksgiving is a week away and we all know what that means. A lot of hours planning, shopping, and cooking. Many of us will get up early or spend a few hours Black Friday shopping. We might begin to decorate our homes for the holidays. Some of us might be making flight or travel reservations. Even if you don't celebrate, the hustle and bustle might start to affect you.
The holiday season is typically a stressful time for many Americans. Stress is never good, and it's also considered a risk factor for many chronic conditions. Getting a massage is one thing that can help reduce that stress by reducing or eliminating headaches, anxiety, and tight muscles. It is one gift that will give back again and again. Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury. It's also been proven to aid in stress relief and promoting relaxation.
If you haven't already, you may want to consider booking yourself a massage in November and December to help you relax and feel better. You can also purchase a massage gift certificate for your loved ones!
One of my massage offerings is Bamboo Fusion. I use warm bamboo sticks, which are perfect for a cold winter day. The warm bamboo sticks act as an extension of the hands for a deep tissue massage. Bamboo tools allow for a deeper massage than is possible with hands alone. It promotes relaxation, circulation and well-being.
Do yourself a favor this season and consider booking a massage.
Are you flying, driving, shopping, decorating, cooking, and rushing from one thing to the next? You might be asking yourself, do I really need to take time for myself? I really don't feel like I have that much time. If you are stressed and fatigued on a daily basis, taking time for YOU is what will help you get through. And when you are more relaxed and peaceful, you are more productive. You can approach this holiday season from a place of relaxation and peace, then that's the directions your days will follow.
Here are a few ways you can practice self- care:
Connect with your inner self.
Find a time in the day to focus on the quiet. It's easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the day. Our environments so easily get filled up with constant stimuli and noise. Whether you take in a sunrise or sunset, or simply take in the sounds of nature. You'll be glad you did!
Recharge with Massage.
Getting a massage is a great investment in your current and future well being. Not only does it give you an overall sense of calm, it improves your mood, keeps you healthier, clears your mind, and keeps your body moving and working the way it should.
Disconnect from Distractions.
I know it seems relaxing to lounge in your favorite chair and be on your tablet or phone surfing the internet, but you are still plugged in. Unplugging and being in the present not only helps you fully relax, but gives you time to be completely present with your loved ones. Play a board game, go on a nature walk, or take a painting class.
Taking care of yourself physically and mentally is not selfish, it helps ensure you live up to your potential. So take the time to book one of my relaxing and beneficial massages. Whether it's for you, a friend, loved one, or maybe you are just the best boss ever and surprise your office with my onsite chair massage.
Come from a place of peace and relaxation this holiday season.
As you know, getting regular massage can help prevent injury during sports and other physical activities. Massage has so many benefits and can reduce or eliminate symptoms for many physical ailments.
Did you know that getting a regular massage can actually prevent you from becoming sick by boosting your immune system?
Keeping your body in good working condition this cold and flu season can help prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Here's what massage has to offer for your immune system this fall:
When was the last time you stretched before or after a workout? Stretching can prevent injury by increasing your muscle range of motion. However, stretching after a workout has the most benefit. Once the muscles are warm, they are less likely to tear or cause further injury. If you're feeling sore, massage can help by reducing or eliminating muscle pain. Having a regular massage appointment can help you maintain your range of motion and make you less prone to injury. In addition to improving your range of motion, massage can also help by:
· reducing muscle tension
· lowering joint pain
If you think you might be at risk for an injury, talk to me and schedule a massage.
Have you been having a lot of neck or shoulder pain recently? Do you sit at a desk all day for work? Are you on your phone most of the day? These are all questions you should be asking yourself if you've been experiencing a lot of pain and don't know where it's coming from. Poor posture can have several negative side effects such as sleeping or breathing problems, low back pain, and neck and shoulder pain. On the other hand, having good posture, especially while working, can make your healthier.
One of the things you can do, while looking at a computer or a cellphone, is to look straight ahead, and read at eye level. If you bend your neck to read, this can cause text neck syndrome, and be a cause of pain. Many computer companies make monitors that can be raised higher for this purpose.
Having good posture can help with:
The effects of stress, anxiety, and poor sleep can really add up over time. Summer is coming to an end, and many of us have been active. Perhaps you've been traveling a lot, exercising more, playing sports, or been so busy you haven't gotten much sleep. Massage can benefit you. As the days get less sunny and cooler outside, many people are affected by seasonal depression. If this sounds like you, consider booking a massage this fall.
The benefits of massage: