Saturday, October 31, 2015

What to Do after a Deep Tissue Massage | Deep Massage

Learn what you need to do after you have a deep tissue massage from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Connect With Nature: To Awaken Your Original Humanity

In the last century our human lives have been completely revolutionized. We're less connected to the natural world than any other time in human history. but every day you have an opportunity to change this and reclaim your ties to nature.


Get outside! Look, listen, feel, touch. Have experiences! Pick berries, play a game, watch a bird, make a fire. Connection is a feeling & awareness that awakens your original humanity.

It's time to connect with nature!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Relax at the Spa with Your Best Friend with the Girlfriend's Retreat Package!

Girlfriend's Spa Retreat 
  • A four hour stay 
  • One hour massage 
  • Herbal facial 
  • Fruit and cheese plate 
 $145.00 per person 
 $280.00 for two 

36 Oaks Country Retreat, nestled in a grove of majestic oak trees on Gibson Canyon Road, is an oasis of relaxation and natural beauty in the Vacaville countryside. A lovely country cottage setting on two and a half acres with wild ferns growing in the shade, deer wandering through, and even an occasional fox or raccoon.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Deep Tissue Massage vs. Swedish Massage | Deep Massage

Learn the difference between a deep tissue massage and a Swedish massage from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

The difference between Swedish massage and deep tissue massage, is Swedish massage is actually the base for deep tissue massage and deep tissue massage is delivered on a much deeper level. Swedish massage has some basic strokes, like effleurage and petrissage. With deep-tissue massage, you actually take those same modalities, and take them to a deeper level.

You can actually use other tools, instead of using just your hands, you can use your elbow. You can use your forearms. Things that will deliver a deeper amount of pressure, rather than just Swedish massage, which typically you would apply with your hands and your fingers. Many times when people request a Swedish massage, what they're asking for they often request a relaxation massage or something of this kind.

It's pretty much interchangeable. So Swedish massage is very relaxing. Deep tissue massage can also be very relaxing, I find if it's delivered by an expert that knows where that pain threshold is for you. Deep tissue massage, every once in a while someone will ask for deep pressure massage or harder pressure massage, or something like that, so that's what they're referring to.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Enjoy Pre-Wedding Pampering with Our Bridal Retreat Package

A perfect place for a bridal group day of pampering. Bring your own picnic, or we can cater it for you.

Cost is: Each of you choose your package from retreat packages or choose A La Carte and add $20.00 day fee.

Or... the Bride and Groom might enjoy an evening of pampering before the big day!
*call for pricing

 36 Oaks Country Retreat, nestled in a grove of majestic oak trees on Gibson Canyon Road, is an oasis of relaxation and natural beauty in the Vacaville countryside. A lovely country cottage setting on two and a half acres with wild ferns growing in the shade, deer wandering through, and even an occasional fox or raccoon.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Healing Power Of Mother Nature That Always Gives You Mental Peace

Nature helps us cope with pain. Because we are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water, and other nature elements engrossing, we are absorbed by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Experience Serenity and Tranquility with a Moisturizing Facial

You will experience serenity and tranquility as your face becomes more soft, supple and moisturized. This revitalizing facial has the benefit of hydration, luster, and vitality. This treatment is recommended for dry skin. This facial includes cleansing, exfoliating, facial massage, derma fill mask, toning and an application of defend and restore moisture cream. 

60 minutes - $85 

Call 36 Oaks Country Retreat today to schedule an appointment for this facial and any other of our relaxing spa treatments. 

 (707) 447-8037

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What Does a Facial Do? Why Would I Need a Facial?

Many people think about having a facial, or arrive for a facial appointment, uncertain of the importance of this service - aside from its seemingly pampering nature. Truly, though, a facial is not a luxury, its benefits are far reaching. In order to understand why a facial is important, let's take a look at its components.

The basic parts of a facial are as follows:

- Determining Your Skin Type: It's important for you and your aesthetician to understand your skin type. By knowing this, products and techniques used can be specifically customized to meet your needs.

- Deep Cleansing: With the correct product, a gentle, but deep cleaning is obtained and, depending upon skin type, the correct pressure and movements can be employed to stimulate or calm. Steam and/or hot towels are often used to soften and expand the pores.

- Proper Exfoliation: I say "proper" because you can over-exfoliate. Skin must be manipulated with awareness so as to not cause unwanted reactions. This exfoliation may be done manually or chemically with the use of an electric brush, scrub, enzyme or acid.

- Taking Away: After cleansing and exfoliation, the skin is prepared for extraction - or cleansing of the pores.

- Giving Back: Now the skin is ready to receive vitamins, hydration and minerals in the form of serums, lotions, creams and masques applied with manual techniques or massage appropriate for your particular skin type.

- Additional Pleasures: During this process, you will often receive a hand and arm massage, a facial massage and a neck and shoulder massage.

Here's how I like to explain a facial: What is the one part of the body that is exposed most often? Your face.

The surface of our skin is dotted with tiny pockets called pores. These pores allow for the transfer of materials like sweat and oxygen into and out of the body. Oil glands, located within the pores, secrete sebum. Dust, pollution, free radicals, wind and sun are a constant source of irritants and debris that can stick to the oil or sebum on our skin. Since our skin grows from the inside to the outside, dead cells, though they act as protection from the sun, come to rest upon the surface too.

I like to compare the surface of our face to your stovetop. When you cook with oil and it spatters onto your stovetop, the surface becomes sticky and other matter - like dust - will cling to it. It works the same way with your face. Matter, including dirt, dust and dead skin cells, stick to your sebum, blocking the exit of your pore. The result is dull skin, or eventually a blackhead or pimple (pustule).

However, when you have a professional facial - that is, one performed by a licensed aesthetician - the dead skin cells, dirt, and debris may be removed. What's left is cleaner, shinier, healthier, newer skin that is able to breathe and do what skin is meant to do. The added bonus is a tremendous sense of well being and relaxation.

How often should you have a facial? Generally, every 8 - 10 weeks; however, you can certainly have them closer together, especially when working on a particular concern like acne, aging or sun damage. At the very least, it's good to try and have a facial once per season.

In conclusion, the answer to "Why Do I Need A Facial" is that generally, we aren't able to cleanse and exfoliate our skin the way that a professional aesthetician can, and the benefits are both tangible and esoteric.

Reisa Mehlman is a New York State Licensed Aesthetician, New York State Licensed Nail Specialist, Certified Lash Extensionist, Reiki Practitioner and the Director of Living Well Healing Arts Center located at 18 Low Street in the quaint village of Ballston Spa, New York, just a stone's throw from the historic city of Saratoga Springs.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How to Prepare for a Massage | Deep Massage

Learn how to prepare for a deep tissue massage from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

As a client preparing for deep tissue massage you're going to prepare for it, much like any other massage. You basically get to just sit back and relax, and let the massage therapist work their magic. But there are a couple of things that a massage therapist is going to do to make sure that you are properly prepared for a deep tissue massage. It's a little bit different than a relaxation massage or a Swedish massage.

So they're actually going to prep your tissue with some Swedish massage strokes, some more relaxing strokes. This helps your tissue warm up, and it becomes a little more flexible. So that later when they access with those deeper strokes, your tissue is ready to allow it and it feels great and it's pain free. One of the things that many massage therapists suggest for you to do, is to stay well hydrated for a few days before the massage and afterwards. It helps keep your muscle tissue supple and soft. But I do suggest that you don't drink too much water right before you get on the table.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Cleansing Facial for Healthier and Brighter Skin

For healthy and bright skin, this treatment will thoroughly cleanse your skin without irritation. It removes impurities such as dirt, oil and dry skin. Afterward, your skin will be clean, smooth and fresh. This facial includes cleansing, exfoliating, extractions, blemish control tonic, green tea mask and moisturizing. 

45 minutes - $75 

Call 36 Oaks Country Retreat to make an appointment to try this facial and any other of our relaxing spa treatments. 

(707) 447-8037

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt? | Deep Massage

Find out if a deep tissue massage hurts from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

So, to answer the question, “Does deep tissue massage hurt?” my immediate answer is, “It depends on who you’re getting the deep tissue massage from.”

I wish that I could say, “No, it doesn’t always hurt, ” but that’s not always true. So, I, I personally try to keep deep tissue massage from hurting, and I feel that most deep tissue massage experts do. And the way that we can do this is by accessing the tissue really slowly, really gently, and you get to much deeper layers if you do it that way.

There’s actually something called the “soul gel theory, ” which states that if you access the tissue very slowly, your tissue almost liquefies and you can get nice and deeply and the body doesn’t experience any pain. But if you try to go in fast and, and, access those deeper layers really quickly, your body’s going to resist just like it does with any sort of extreme pressure or, or, trauma to the area.

So, while there may be some discomfort, it’s actually really important for your massage therapist to be checking in with you and make sure that they’re asking you where your pain threshold is. And where they figure out where that threshold is where you’re sort of on the line between “hurts so good” and “hurts, ” they need to keep you right on that side of “hurts so good.”