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Calling All Bridge Runners! Benefits of Pre-and Post- Race Massage

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

Who’s excited for this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run?! We’re so happy to see so many runners zooming by our office, surely prepping for the big day!

How are you preparing for the race (aside from running by us, of course!) and what plans do you have for your post-race recovery? Massage therapy, (specifically focused sports massage and recovery massage), as well as stretching (kind of a no-brainer there!), have profound benefits both before and after racing. Check out these important facts below about just how beneficial adding massage to your running routine can be.

Pre-race massage, especially if you’re coming off a hard week of training, helps you to re-energize, relax, and prep your muscles for the ability to run fast and score your best times ever. Usually a lighter massage paired with stretching is best, to relieve stress and muscle tension without any soreness before your upcoming race.

Regarding post-race massage, according to Jason Fitzgerald on strengthrunning.com:

Artwork by local artist D. Scott Stevenson. (Source: CRBR)

Artwork by local artist D. Scott Stevenson. (Source: CRBR)

“The major benefit of [post-run massage] is that it relaxes tense muscles and removes adhesions or minor scar tissue between muscles and fascia, a fancy word for the sheath or casing that surrounds your muscles. Unneeded tension and adhesions can restrict movement and impair your range of motion, potentially leading to abnormal movement patterns that can cause overuse injuries.” Additionally, “massage can reduce pain and the intensity of muscle soreness after a grueling workout or marathon. Some studies indicate that massage can reduce inflammation, improve immune function, and reduce stress hormones like cortisol.” 

With that being said, you’re in luck--all of our therapists here at Longevity Wellness are trained in sports massage (as well as stretch therapy) and have worked on many different types of athletes. So, since we want you all to crush your numbers and feel as great as ever for the race and after, we are offering 10% off massages and stretch sessions two days before and two days after race weekend (April 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th)!

If you want to enhance your pre- or post-run results even further, make sure to check out our massage add-ons including cupping therapy, stretch therapy, and fire and ice!

*Discounts will be taken upon checkout

Allergy Relief Via Massage Therapy

by Krista Peterson, Marketing Outreach Coordinator, Longevity Wellness

Did you know that massage therapy can be a powerful tool in reducing those miserable allergy symptoms you experience every spring during the dreaded pollen season?

I’m sure lots of you here in Charleston and the Lowcountry area know all too well what I’m talking about. The struggle is real. Like, really real.

“But how is that possible, Longevity Wellness?” You may ask. Well, here’s the scoop. We’ll take you through a few different forms of therapy that can make a total difference in your overall well-being (and life) during this stuffy time of the year when everything is covered in a layer of yellow.

Facial cupping:

Facial cupping uses gentle suction of the skin to open pathways within the tissue and remove harmful toxins from your system (think, all of that icky stuff in your face causing pressure moving right on out). It works to relieve all sorts of conditions including: asthma, congestion, phlegm, sinus issues, excessive coughing and sneezing, and headaches. As an added bonus, it also regenerates cells providing youthful looking skin, minimizing wrinkles and uneven skin structure.

Fun fact: According to WebMD, cupping therapy “dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.”

Body brushing:

To be honest, I didn’t know what body brushing was before I started working for Longevity Wellness. Boy, am I glad I found out. Body brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, which is responsible for keeping your cells healthy and strong. It boosts immunity, assists in detoxing, exfoliates the skin, increases energy, tones the skin, and reduces the appearance of cellulite. We’ll definitely be posting more blogs about it in the future because there is just so much to cover on how body brushing is seriously the best.

P.S. We sell body brushes, too!

Body cupping:

Cupping works to break up tough adhesions by pulling out toxins and scar tissue and bringing blood and lymph to the area that is being focused on. Benefits include increased mobility and range of motion, decreased pain, enhanced circulation, reduced inflammation, and lowered blood pressure. All of these benefits directly contribute to rinsing your body of allergies, moving the toxins out. Remember those big red circles on Michael Phelp’s back during the Olympics? Obviously, cupping is no joke and Olympic athletes know its power.

Elle.com

Elle.com

Personally, I can vouch that cupping is life-changing. My first experience with cupping was with my aunt, who is an amazing physical therapist and swears by it for her patients. I had been living with a crazy pressure point in my shoulder that caused so much exhaustion and pain for years. After an hour of her working on it with cupping, it was gone. After that, maintenance is key. I haven’t had the issue since, thanks to her and my team of therapists here in Mt. Pleasant at Longevity Wellness.

Here’s a picture of me right after I got my first cupping on my shoulder and my life was changed.

Here’s a picture of me right after I got my first cupping on my shoulder and my life was changed.

So, to review, if you are struggling with allergies, adding facial cupping, body brushing, and body cupping to your life can have profound benefits. Make sure to book your appointment with us at Longevity Wellness in Mt. Pleasant to elevate the experience of your usual massage. Plus, don’t forget to add some aromatherapy to your appointment for even MORE of a judo chop to those allergies. Say hello to wellness!

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What Is a Couples Massage & What to Expect

BY: Editors | Jul 17, 2018

If you’ve never had a couple’s massage, you’re missing out on one of the most relaxing and intimate spa services available. Let Monica Jaso, a licensed massage therapist and director of spa operations for Swissôtel Chicago's Spa 42, answer your questions about this memorable experience.

What is a couples massage?

The answer is simpler than you think. A couple’s massage is when you and a friend each enjoy a massage side-by-side with two therapists that work at the same time. Depending on the spa, a  couple’s massage may include soothing music, aromatherapy, candle lighting, and other relaxing amenities.

How much does a couples massage cost?

For a 60-minute massage, you can expect to pay anywhere between about $80–$150. For a longer session, you'll end up paying a little more, but you might be happy you did once you're experiencing it.

Can I eat before the massage?

"Eating beforehand is OK, but do it at least an hour before so you're not lying on a full belly," Monica says. "And don't have a massage at 6 o'clock and then make a dinner reservation for 7:30, because then you're rushing to get there and you're not going to enjoy that nice, relaxing massage you just had."

I've heard that if I come early (or stay late), there might be extras?

Many spas include complimentary access to saunas, pools, fitness centers, and other amenities with treatment reservations.

"By all means, make use of that," Monica says. "A lot of people [don't] take advantage of those facilities." If it's a hotel spa, there may even be an onsite restaurant.

If your spa doesn't have those extras, you should still show up a little early. "If you come too close to the appointment time, you might be rushing around, the therapists might be rushing around, and ... you can feel that rushed energy." Monica suggests arriving 15–20 minutes before your appointment time.

Do we each have to get the same treatment?

Nope! As with a solo session, couples massages should still include personalized consultations with the massage therapists.

"Usually people have individual wants and needs for their own bodies," Monica says. "Someone might have shoulder tension; someone else might have just had ankle surgery and want attention on their legs."

And it's not just about focus areas, either. Couples should feel free to ask for different modalities. If one person just wants to relax, Swedish is probably enough for them. If the other person wants a more therapeutic treatment, "then by all means, get the deep tissue, get the sports massage. Don't limit yourself."

Can l include add-ons?

It's very likely the spa will have no problem with this.

Has your partner had an especially stressful time at work lately? Then ask about aromatherapy, as scented essential oils can help calm the mind better than massage alone. Is it a particularly cold day? Add hot stones!

Can I talk during the massage?

Yes...but it's not recommended.

"One time, this married couple came in," Monica begins. "And 20 or 30 minutes into the [couples] massage, they're nice and relaxed, and it's nice and quiet, and all of a sudden you hear her call out, 'Honey? Honey, how are ya feelin'?'

"And you can see his shoulders raise up a little bit, and she's like, 'How ya feelin' over there? Are you relaxed?' And he just chuckled and was like, 'Well, I was until you opened your big mouth!'"

Monica chuckles at the memory of the interaction. Luckily, the husband in her story wasn't bothered much, but not every spouse is as patient. The takeaway: if you're giving your partner a couples massage, you should probably have a chat before your appointment about, well, chatting.

Will there be champagne?

Possibly.

A lot of spas offer champagne with couples massages, but watch your intake before andafter the treatment. "If you do drink afterward, it can hit you a lot faster because your circulatory system is going a lot quicker," Monica says. A little alcohol is OK, but make sure you drink plenty of water, too.

Do I have to bring a significant other?

Not at all.

Sure, couples massages make great romantic gifts for women and men. But Monica says plenty of platonic pairs come through Spa 42's couples room—siblings, friends, mothers and daughters. "There's been more than I would have expected." The most important thing is just choosing someone you can really relax and enjoy the experience with.

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Making Your Massage Experience Even Better!

by Ryley Kennard

Hey all! It’s Ryley again! I just wanted to fill you in on a few exciting things happening around here. So, if you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you may know that we recently were featured on News2’s Living Local segment.

Those that live near us, are familiar with News2’s Living Local segment. Ashleigh Messervy and her film crew came in and talked with our owners, Alana and Shelly, and spotlighted each of the services that we offer. Our entire team made it in the video too! Josh demonstrated stretch therapy on Elle, Angela showed off her Ashiatsu skills on Nick, Tarran sat in the sauna, and I got some facial cupping done by Alana! That was actually my first experience with cupping and it was so nice! It was very relaxing for me to take a break from the normal work day and have such a light, delicate service done. The whole experience of creating a video was fun to be apart of and for me to do with such a talented team.

If you want to see that spotlight, you can check it out on our new YouTube channel!

We recently launched a YouTube channel to feature full interviews with our staff, insider tips to making your massage experience EXCELLENT, corrective exercises/stretches to help increase mobility when you’re not near our office getting massaged or stretched, and other wellness related content. Those videos will be highlighted on our Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

Another new thing we’re trying out is posting our #lastminuteopenings on Twitter and Instagram. Sometimes we get last minute cancellations or someone’s schedule isn’t full, so we’ll be posting that days openings just in case you also have something change in your schedule and you’re near the area and available to come in!

And the last new thing we have coming… we’re updating our website! You may have noticed, our colors have changed already but we’re also getting a new layout ready to help make your booking experience easier. It’s near ready but there are a few adjustments that are being made still so if something has moved or is not working, feel free to let me know, but please understand that we are working to make improvements!

The very core of what we provide here at Longevity Wellness is healing. We want everyone to have a greater capacity to live their best lives and because stress is a real thing, and accidents happen, and sometime we go too hard, we want to provide you with tools and resources to solve those problems that keep you from your goals. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so you don’t miss any of that content coming your way! We’re exciting for new ways to promote your healing and wellness and give moral support in reaching your goals!