​May & June News
Celebrate the end of school and give those shoulders the break they’ve been waiting for.  Get a 15-minute chair massage for just $10!  Offer valid May 25—June 9.  Not valid on gift certificates.  Scheduling has been temporarily adjusted so that you may book this 15-minute massage online.

Experience the new Wine & Unwind.  Enjoy 30 minutes of total relaxation in a lounge chair in front of the fireplace.  Stay fully dressed and savor a glass of wine while you receive a massage on your head, neck, shoulders, hands and feet.  This is the ultimate in massage relaxation.  Choose from Barefoot wines: Moscato, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sweet Red served chilled or Pinot Noir, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon served at room temperature. Please choose your wine in the “notes” section when booking online as wine is not kept on site and brought in only for this massage.  Book your Wine & Unwind today.

Summer Hours

To accommodate more of my returning winter-bird clients, I’m switching to summer hours a little early.  This includes being open every Friday now and discontinuing walk-in chair times.  You may still book a 30-minute chair appointment online.  If you want less than 30-minutes or, if it’s spur of the moment, call or text me for availability. 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

Thursday & Sunday: Closed

Special Dates:

*Friday, May 12, 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m., I will be at Main Street Coffee (North Webster Church of God) providing donation based chair massages.  All proceeds are turned into the Boomerang Backpack program. 

*Special Closings: Memorial Day Monday and 4th of July Tuesday

Migraine: It’s Not All in Your Head!

Migraines can be caused by many different sources ranging from outside stimulus, hormones, muscles and more.  When it comes to muscles, there are five common culprits that can develop trigger points (or knots) that can bring on a migraine.  These muscles are the trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, splenius cervicis, suboccipitals and the temporalis. 

Let’s talk about the splenius cervicis.  This is the muscle that connects the vertebrae of the upper back to those of the neck. Their job is to move only the neck, not the head.  Side bending, extension, and rotation of the neck are all actions of this muscle.

Upper trigger points in this muscle cause pain that begins at the base of the skull and runs forward through the head to the back of the eye.  It feels like a pulsating ache inside the skull or in the eye.  This is the familiar pain behind the eye felt during migraine headaches.  This trigger point is also capable of blurring your vision.

You might be wondering how you got these trigger points.  They could easily be caused by postural stresses with your head propped at an angle while resting instead of being supported by a pillow.  You can get them if you were pulling excessive weight or sitting in a cold draft (think under an air condition vent).  They can also develop if you have whiplash injuries or tend to have forward-head posture.

Trigger point 1 is a big culprit for migraines.  It is found about halfway down the left and right sides of your neck, straight down from your ear.  You can relieve this trigger point by compressing it against the side of the neck at about the third cervical vertebrae with your fingers.

 

 






You can also try essential oils to relieve migraine symptoms.  Migraines often respond well to treatment with essential oils.  Lemon essential oil helps reduce blood pressure and improve circulation, and it is renowned for its ability to soothe migraine symptoms and induce a relaxed but alert mental state.  You may directly inhale this essential oil, or you may choose to diffuse it or place it in an aromatherapy pendant.  You can add 1-3 drops to your bath or to a washcloth placed on the floor of your shower.

For more information on treating migraines, check out this link.

Resources

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook 3rd edition by Clair Davies, NCTMB and Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT

Essential Oils: Natural Remedies.  The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing.  Althea Press.


March & April News


Special

Since it’s unlikely that most of you will be able to travel to Ireland this month to kiss the Blarney Stone, I invite you to enjoy another stone much closer to home…a hot stone!  In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, all hot stone massages will be $5 off during the month of March and April.  Click here to read more about hot stone massage, including precautions.  Click here to book your massage.

*Since it takes more than an hour to sanitize and heat the stones, I’m unable to accept back-to-back hot stone appointments.  You may be asked to reschedule if there is one already booked before yours.


Schedule & Events

New schedule through Memorial Weekend. 

Monday-Wednesday & alternate Fridays 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closed Thursday, Sunday & alternate Fridays

Walk-in chair massages Monday 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm & Wednesday 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


*Except for walk-in times, massages must be booked in advance.  Due to an increase in massage events and parties, I’m usually only at the Community Center for booked massages and walk-in times.

March 17 & April 14: Open to the public.  I will be at Main Street Coffee Co. inside the North Webster Church of God from 9:30-12:30 offering donation based chair massages.  All proceeds will be turned in to the Boomerang Backpack program.

 Make a splash at your next party or event with in-house massage

For the same cost as getting a massage at the Community Center, you can get a massage from the comfort of your home or office, as long as the location is 15 miles or less from the Community Center.  Book from two to four, 60-minute table massages or up to 6 hours (10-45 people) chair massages. 

*Not all amenities included off site.  Contact me for more information.

 The Bee’s Knees

Spring is in the air and so is knee pain.  I’ve recently experienced an onslaught of clients suffering from knee pain.  Some have recently had knee replacements and some are on the cusp of it.  Since our winter has been warmer than usual, a lot of clients are outside running, which is also taking a toll on those knees.  If you’re one of those suffering with knee pain or discomfort, check out this article for some great stretches for the muscles around your knee.

 How much should you stretch?

You want the minimum amount of effort for the maximum benefit.

1) Hold your stretch for 30 seconds.

2)  Repeat the stretch 3 times.

3)  Do the stretch 1-2 times a day.


After you’re done stretching, go an extra step by massaging an essential oil into and around your knee.  Wintergreen is great for joint pain and Peppermint is good for muscle pain.