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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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Give the Gift Of Self Care This Season

MASSAGE IS THE BEST HOLIDAY GIFT! Everyone loves a good massage, and our massage therapists at Longevity Wellness are here to provide an outstanding massage experience to everyone! This holiday season, massage gift certificates are the go to gift. Longevity Wellness makes it easy to purchase the massage gift certificate of your choosing, with the option to chose whatever dollar amount you would like

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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!

Interview with Alana Long, Business Owner, Entrepreneur, & Mom

by Ryley Kennard

So, first of all, let me introduce myself. I'm Ryley Kennard, I'm the receptionist here at Longevity Wellness. I also run the social media pages. I got the chance to sit down with Longevity's owner, Alana Long, a few weeks back and got to know a little bit more about her history and experiences. It was a cool thing for me to do as an employee, to get to know my boss better and really understand what really drives her. It was really impressive to me how much she cares about the work that's she's doing. Wellness really is at the core of what Alana has created here at Longevity Wellness and she has worked really hard to provide tools and resources for others to incorporate a more balanced wellness routine in their life. See the full interview below:

Why did you decide to start your own business?

For a variety of reasons, really. But, when I became a massage therapist I was working for two other people. I did that for a couple years to get experience as a massage therapist and just to understand business and what not. I really felt like my goals and the vision that I had for what I wanted in a massage therapy business wasn’t really--there weren’t any out there. So I started my own business. I started just with myself and grew it into a larger practice. But what I really wanted to do when I did start Longevity, was create a business that was unique in the massage marketplace where it’s a team of therapists that are really, truly working together and they’re very skilled and professional. I wanted to create that environment where people were coming to us and knowing that no matter who they saw, they were getting the best experience possible, they were getting a highly trained staff, and that the staff worked really well together. So, if you saw one person or the next, that you would have an outstanding massage experience. And then another reason was, I just wanted to create flexibility--flexibility for myself. I’m a new mom so I’m able to work my schedule around what I need for childcare. Massage is a flexible industry anyways, but then having your own business is flexible too. So yeah, that’s kind of why I started it all.

How do you balance being a mom and owning a business?

Well, I’m still figuring it out. But, I do--I just take one day at a time. I try not to let things stress me out and if I’m having one bad day, I know that tomorrow it’s going to change and it’s going to be better. And obviously going home at the end of the day, even if it’s a very busy day, going home and seeing my baby’s smiling face definitely just, like, wipes away any negative feelings that I may have had throughout the day. But, I just take it one day at a time and I’ve learned through business and kind of like the way I approach life, is that everything is temporary, good or bad. So like, life is always changing and evolving and what not, too. So if I’m having a bad spell or whatever, I just know that, like, I just need to work hard, keep my head to it, and get through that. And at the same time, if things are really great or whatever, I don’t just sit and coast. I still continue to push on and work hard and do better because I know that also is temporary. So with anything, it’s just all temporary, don’t let things stress you out, and really just enjoy your baby or your kids, and that’s really the most important thing and then everything kind of fills around that.

When you look at prospective clients, who do you recommend comes to Longevity Wellness?

So I definitely would recommend somebody who’s looking for massage therapy to fix their issues. So if you want a skilled massage therapist, you want a professional massage therapist, you want to see somebody on a regular basis, then that’s who we are. I mean, we try to make it a relaxing environment in here and you know make it comfortable, but we’re not a spa. So if you’re looking for the spa experience, that’s not what we do here. We deal with people who have chronic pain or are really looking to fix what they have going on. So if you want somebody that's going to be more able to create a treatment plan for you, create--or like suggest--exercises or stretches, and give you like an entire experience and not just show up for one massage and go on your way then you would come here. Because we definitely address people’s issues and figure out what’s really going on with their body and then go from there.

How do you implement wellness in your daily life?

So I try to--I mean, the reason I got into massage therapy was because I was involved with sports and into wellness and even more so after I went into my massage career and then got my personal training certification, even more so. But I feel that I lead a pretty--I mean, always could have room for improvement--but an active and healthy lifestyle. Like, I’m always on the go. Me and my husband or the baby are always doing something active and I try to involve him in a lot of that kind of stuff. Eating right, I try to involve too. So I’m always doing a variety of things regardless of what it may be to help my wellness. So even if it’s just like a relaxation thing or an athletic thing or whatever I’m always trying to do something that’s like making me at peace.

What advice do you have for business owners?

So I definitely think that when--business is obviously difficult--but I feel that when people don’t succeed in business, it’s because they have quit before they figured out what works for them. And in everything in life too, I feel like you need to figure out the right way to do it. So if something’s not working for you, instead of giving up and saying ‘I can’t do this,’ you just have to figure out how to do things so that it does work for you. Cause I feel like a lot of times people, you know, even maybe for a period of years or just a few weeks or whatever, people quit before they figure it out the right way. So, I just think that if something's not working for you, don’t quit, continue to work and find what is the right path for you. Because if you are truly passionate about it, you will figure it out and you will make it work.
 

Your First Couple’s Massage

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A couple’s massage allows partners, spouses, mom’s and daughters, sons and dads, BFFs or anyone else to experience massage together in the same room as one therapist works with each person.  Couple’s massage is a shared bonding experience that can have many benefits beyond just the bodywork session.

What to expect

For many couple’s massage recipients it’s their first trip to see a massage therapist. You may have been invited by a someone who’s experienced at receiving a massage who wanted to share the experience. Or maybe it’s a special occasion?  Or maybe a “surprise” gift? The good news is that qualified and professional therapists are used to massage “newbies” and will ensure you are comfortable, give you all the information you ned to have a great session, and be open to answering any of your questions. Our first priority is maintaining guest comfort and protecting your modesty while making sure that the specific therapeutic needs of each client are met.

 

Typically, you should arrive 10-15 minutes before your session so that you can fill out some simple, but important paperwork.  This paperwork gives specific information to the therapist so they can tune the session to your needs.  The form will ask about any areas of your body that might be sore, tender or in pain, as well as areas you’d rather the therapist avoid. It will also ask about medical conditions relevant to massage therapy, and a few basic questions about your overall wellness.

During this time you can drink some water or use the restroom. You should also silence your cell phone for the duration of your session. If you’re interested in any extras, such as aromatherapy, for one or both of you, let the front desk know.

The main event

Once it’s time for your session to begin, the therapists will come and guide each of you to the therapy room.  They’ll go over the form and ask questions.  This is a GREAT time for YOU to ask questions too!  If your form indicates you’re a first-timer, the therapist will take extra care to make sure you know what to expect. Each therapist will then ready the room, then leave and allow each of you to undress to your comfort level.  Typically, for a full-body massage, this means underwear, but many long-time therapy recipients will completely undress.  There’s NO wrong way to do this, just be comfortable.  Once you’ve undressed, you’ll lay on the massage table under the sheets.  After a few minutes, your therapists will knock on the door, then return to the session room, adjusting your linens and often placing support under your feet or knees.

During the session you will be covered (draped) at all times, unveiling only the parts the therapist is working on, then recovering and moving on.  A skilled therapist is an expert draper and it’ll all seem completely comfortable while it’s happening.

The therapist will work intuitively to relax your muscles, explore trouble spots, and pay special attention to any areas you marked on your intake form.  Sometimes they will use oils, lotions, or creams to help make the bodywork more effective. Typically, these lubricants are hypoallergenic and scent-free, but sometimes they contain wonderful essential oils, like lavender, to enhance the experience.

About half way through the session, the therapist will coach you on how to turn over (still under the covers) and get ready for the next steps in your body work.

While most people are quiet during a session, but you should ALWAYS feel comfortable communicating with your therapist about things like pressure. Your therapist will probably check in once or twice to make sure you are comfortable.

The afterparty

At the end of the session, the therapist will signal you and both therapists will leave the room allowing you to carefully get off the table and redress.  Once dressed, open the door – that’s the universal sign that you’re ready to see the therapist again.  The therapists will talk to you a bit about the session and make any recommendations for further care, then escort you to reception for payment and rebooking.  You may leave a gratuity in the room (20% is common) or put it on the credit card when you check out.

It’s not unusual for you to feel super-relaxed after the session, so plan a bit of time to come out of your fog after you finish.  You can prolong that feeling by drinking lots of water and taking it easy for an hour or two. It’s totally OK to do something very active after massage, too, though, and you’ll likely find your flexibility and range of motion are better than ever as you run, hike, walk or play sports.

At the desk, you’ll have an opportunity to schedule additional sessions, find out about products that might be for sale, pay for your services.

So if you get a chance to participate in a couple’s massage session, don’t stress.  It is a wonderful, shared experience that you won’t forget.