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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.

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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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4 REASONS WHY MASSAGE IS THE BEST HOLIDAY GIFT EVER

A massage gift certificate tucked into a holiday card may seem unassuming, but the effects of this present will be powerful.

People turn to massage for stress relief, pain alleviation and relaxation, and massage is appropriate for just about anyone—from healthy adults to seniors and pregnant women to athletes. Massage therapy is also safe and beneficial for people living with conditions including cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

This is why treating the people on your gift list to massage makes sense this holiday season. Regular massage clients will know what to look forward to, and for someone who has never had a massage, a gift certificate can make his or her first session more accessible.

Here are four reasons why massage should be at the top of your holiday gift list, along with suggestions for massage and bodywork specialties to present to friends, colleagues and family:

1. The Gift of Stress Relief

The holidays can be filled with family, friends, fun, food—and freneticism. Gift-buying, overeating and travel can leave any merrymaker feeling tired and stressed. Massage makes the best holiday gift because it calms the nervous system and provides an oasis of respite from the holiday frenzy.

Three types of massage to gift:

  • Swedish massage: The most well-known type of massage, which utilizes strokes including stroking, kneading, percussion, vibration and friction.

  • Ayurvedic massage: This vigorous massage uses large amounts of warm oil and is one part of the traditional Indian detoxification and rejuvenation program.

  • Stone massage: Heated or cooled stones are placed on the body for energy balancing and a pampering sensation that contributes to the relaxation response.

 

2. The Gift of Pain Removal

From hanging Christmas lights to digging the Hanukkah candles out of the basement, the holidays’ decorating activities can create strain, sprain and pain. Massage makes the best holiday gift because it addresses pain and stiffness by increasing circulation, improving flexibility, and releasing crinkles and tight spots from muscles.

Three types of massage to gift:

  • Acupressure: An Asian therapy that involves pressing points along the body’s meridians with fingers, thumbs or palms of the hand to stimulate chi and bring about balance and health.

  • Sports massage: This session will feature techniques such as myofascial release, which affects connective tissue by applying pressure in the direction of fascial resistance.

  • Reflexology: A system that entails pressing points on the feet, hands or ears that correspond to systems and organs throughout the body.

 

3. The Gift of Raised Spirits

The holidays aren’t jolly all the time; family conflict, feelings of grief and other mood-stressors can arise, even in the midst of a Kwanzaa celebration. Massage makes the best holiday gift because it can boost mood. The release of the feel-good hormone, oxytocin, is increased during massage, as is the release of serotonin and dopamine.

Three types of massage to gift:

  • Craniosacral therapy: This light-touch modality uses gentle, soft-tissue techniques to release restrictions in the membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

  • Reiki: An energetic healing system that utilizes off-the-body hand placements to transmit healing energy from the practitioner to the recipient.

  • Geriatric massage: This session will feature massage techniques modified for safe application to older people, who might arrive at a session with issues related to joint pain or fragile skin.

 

4. The Gift of Ease

Give yourself the gift of a super-simple present purchase. Massage makes the best holiday gift because professional massage therapists offer gift certificates for sale, via in-person sales, a website or a Facebook page. Whether you purchase now or at the last minute, your gift of massage will be the easiest gift you give this holiday season—and the most appreciated.

Three types of massage to gift:

  • Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy: The Ashiatsu practitioner uses body weight and foot compression, while supported by overhead wooden bars, on a client who is lying down.

  • Pregnancy massage: This session will feature massage techniques modified for safe application to pregnant clients.

  • Facelift massage: This session might entail lymphatic-drainage strokes to firm sagging facial and neck skin, ease away facial lines, stimulate blood and oxygen, and release toxins. The treatment can also involve hot towel wraps and oils.

Virtually anyone on your list will appreciate the gift of massage therapy this holiday season.

Written: December 2, 2015

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The Health Benefits of Massage

By: Anita Brown via TripSavvy

We tend to think of massage as a way to pamper ourselves, but it's much more than a momentary feel-good treatment.  Massage therapy and massage spas have many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.

The work your massage therapist does in each session builds on itself, helping your body maintain its relaxed state and your muscles to remain pliable even during times of physical and mental stress.

Here are some of the many benefits of massage: 

* Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.

* Massage reduces tension and anxiety, and can help relive depression.

* Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

* Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.

* Massage prevents and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.

Massage therapy can help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.

Remind yourself of these health benefits if you start to feel guilty about getting massage!

Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions.

If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you, ask to speak to a massage therapist before you make your appointment.

How often you should get a massage depends on several factors, including your physical and emotional needs; your stress levels; and your budget.  There's no question that you will experience the most health benefits from massage when you get massage regularly.

Massage therapy calms the nervous system, improves blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, relieves muscle pain, and helps with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.  

If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can't undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape.   If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.  

Once you're feeling good, once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far apart, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress.  If you wait too long, you'll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don't wait too long in an effort to save money.

If you wait too long, you'll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don't wait too long in an effort to save money.