Friday, December 30, 2016

Benefits of Massage Therapy



Holly Firfer reports on researchers testing the benefits of massage therapy on cancer survivors.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Girl's Birthday Spa Party

Are you looking for something unique to do for your daughter's birthday? Try a Spa Party!


Girl's Birthday Spa Party

Have your daughter feel like a princess on her special day, at the area's only Country Retreat. Whether it's a few friends or a group, make it a day she'll remember forever. Day includes but not limited to:

Gentle pineapple herbal facials
Paraffin fun dip
Chocolate fountain with strawberries
Balloons
Snacks and punch

$275.00 for five girls
Additional girls at $55.00 
*prices subject to vary

36 Oaks Country Retreat
6963 Gibson Canyon Road
Vacaville, CA 95688
Open 7 Days By Appointment Only
707-447-8037

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Discovering Happiness Through Rest and Relaxation



To experience life at it best and live a life full of peace and contentment, you need to make a conscious effort to bring some down time into your day and be in the moment with assorted techniques related to rest and relaxation. Once you feel the deep satisfaction from really enjoying a peaceful moment or two every day, you will attain a deeper connection with yourself that can ultimately be the source of a firm and unwavering feeling of happiness with life.

Relaxation techniques release stress and strain from our body and ease our minds, freeing both to function at their best.

  • When you are troubled or worried, take a few minutes to focus on the inhalation and exhalation of your breath. Feel the temperature sensations of your breath. Bring your breath all the way to your ribs and notice your rib cage expanding and contracting. Try to breath with this focus for 5-10 minutes.
  • Listening to water, in its many forms, is a relaxing way to connect with nature. Close your eyes and be still in a quiet place. Focus on the sound of raindrops hitting a roof, rain gushing from an eaves trough, water connecting with water at a waterfall, water trickling against a fountain or a rivers current pushing water over rocks. Listening to rain or water will generally be one of those spontaneous moments of relaxing - you must take the moment when it comes, not just create the moment when you make time for it. Although natural is always better, there are some great CD's of rain, thunderstorms and flowing water that still provide that nurturing spirit of nature.

Build rest into your life and you will give yourself more quality time for enjoying the good things in life. Rest can mean going to bed early or sleeping in whenever you can. This is short term resting. It is also important to plan some lengthier resting, such as an extended weekend where you sleep as long as your body wants and you're able to do the things that are pleasurable and calming for you.

These techniques will help you in connecting the spiritual, mental and physical elements of yourself. By having a deeper connection with your whole self you are better able to connect with the people and situations in life that will bring you a deep seated joy that can't be diminished by external circumstances.


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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Need a Last Minute Gift? Try a Spa Day Gift Certificate!


Don't know what to get that special someone for Christmas? Try a gift certificate for 36 Oaks Country Retreat! We have individual spa treatments or spa packages to choose from. Everyone loves to be pampered.....this is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! It's convenient too, you can purchase them directly from our website.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Your Back Could Use A "Facial" Too!


A decadent spa treatment for your face, and on the flip side, your back. Your back needs a "facial" too! An area that is hard to reach and often neglected. Your Flip Flop Facial includes back and face "facial" as well as your choice of neck and shoulder work, or hands and feet. 

60 minutes - $90 

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

(707) 447-8037

Monday, December 12, 2016

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.

How?

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!

Friday, December 9, 2016

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Spa and Massage Benefits to Soothe Away Winter Aches


In general a good, professional massage has the ability to improve your overall health. This goes beyond just pampering yourself; this is about prolonging your life and living an active lifestyle so that you are not burdened by aches and pains. Massage can increase your blood flow, thus improving and plumping slack skin, and acts as a catalyst to encourage lymphatic drainage (removing toxins out of cells so that nutrients can flow in). Below are some benefits of massage therapy and different treatments that will make you look and feel more vibrant and just plain blissful.

Swedish Massage
This is one of the most common types of massage therapy treatments. A Swedish massage involves long, kneading strokes, in addition to soft, tapping strokes on the top layers of muscles. The friction that occurs when layers of tissue rub against one another, increases blood flow and decomposes scar tissue. A Swedish massage is beneficial because it relieves muscle tension that can assist in relaxing and energizing and assist in healing after an injury. This particular type of massage therapy is highly recommended for those suffering with osteoarthritis.

Hot Stone Massage
This type of treatment is accurately summed up in the name. The massage therapist places stones into a stone -heater filled with water (the water is typically heated to about 122-127 degrees Fahrenheit). The therapist will then place the warmed stones on certain areas of the body to act as acupressure points. These stones can be used with other massage therapy techniques as tools and can be quite soothing and relaxing as heat is transmitted to the deepest layers of the muscle tissue.

Deep Tissue Massage
Those suffering from chronic muscle tension, injury or if there are frequent adhesions (compilations of rigid, painful tissue) in their muscles and ligaments would benefit most from deep tissue massage. Adhesions are painful and can cause limited movement, pain and inflammation. Deep tissue massage is the best option for giving attention to certain frequent painful or stiff areas on your body. For this type of massage treatment the therapist will use slow, pressured strokes to focus on layers of muscles, tendons and other deep tissues below the skin. Although deep tissue massage is less rhythmic than other forms of massage therapy treatments, it can be quite therapeutic and beneficial in relieving chronic tension, injuries and back sprains.

Whichever your preference, make massage therapy a part of your health routine. Especially in this winter season, our bodies take a beating, add in the delicate balance between work and home, and by the end of the week we are just plain stressed. This stress is one of the main causes of muscle tension and pains. Contact your local day spa or massage therapist for more information on different treatment options.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Spa Day Gift Certificates Make Great Christmas Presents!

Don't know what to get that special someone for Christmas? Try a gift certificate for 36 Oaks Country Retreat! We have individual spa treatments or spa packages to choose from. Everyone loves to be pampered.....this is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! It's convenient too, you can purchase them directly from our website.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Effects of Nature On Our Mental Health


What is nature and how does it affect our health? Well this is one major question that we are coming across these days in relation to have a proper mental health. If we try to understand the meaning of nature in terms of dictionary definition then it clearly states nature as the natural physical world including plants, animals and landscapes etc. It refers to the phenomena of the physical world. In general terms it is also referred to the method related with inanimate objects and the manner in which the particular kind of things exist and change of their own harmony.

Now looking at the present scenario, today if we try to relate the term nature in relation to health then it won't be wrong. Plants represent a vital element of the original ecological system in which the human species evolved. Perhaps the time has come when we all take a close look at the impact of nature on the health of communities and individuals. Since the evolution of life, the nature has always featured as key components in health promotion models. Our relationship with nature is like a basic component that helps in sustaining good health.

As per the recent study conducted in UK, it was found that more than 75% of people live in urban areas and as a result the detachment with nature has contributed to a drastic rise in mental health problems. Roger Ulrich one of the pioneers of research in this area conducted an experiment to explain that patients suffering and recovering from identical operations were more likely to recover quickly if they had a daily view of nature from their hospital beds.

Studies in this field have also shown that well-being and levels of psychological and physiological stress are significantly influenced by our natural surroundings. These days nature is widely used as an element or modern therapy for people who are suffering from physical and mental health problems. In order to improve your mood, now concepts like hospital therapy gardens, wilderness trips for people bearing from ruthless stress have all shown positive effects on patients. Moreover in past few years, it has also been found that horticultural therapy have a growing body of research data which points to the many mental benefits of engaging with nature.

Research from Netherland and Japan has also revealed that people living close to green ambience live longer and enjoy better and healthy life. A Swedish study concluded that if office personnel could view greenery through their office windows, then it further significantly reduce the stress during their working days.

Latest studies from Germany and Australia have also confirmed the capacity of ecosystem of plants to perform as powerful air purifiers. Virginia Lohr at Washington University performed a computer based test on students, and observed that the systolic blood pressure was lower, and measured the performance level. It was found that the reaction time during the test was higher, if plants were present in the computer lab.

From an economical point of view, it should be of great interest to establish a green surrounding that can benefit your mental health by providing opportunities to be physically active both in terms of physical and mental health.


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Look - Another Fantastic Fall Special!


Seasonal changes and hot summer sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Book any spa treatment and receive a Body Polish and Re-hydration
HALF OFF.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


"Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
-Maya Angelou 

Wishing You and Your Family a Very Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Don't Miss Our Super Fall Specials at 36 Oaks Country Retreat



*Buy 4 massages (or more)- for $58.00 each. 
Great for Christmas Gifts or for yourself!

*$15.00 Off any package

*Complimentary extra hour to relax and sip hot tea with any a la carte treatment.

Take some special time for yourself and watch the deer play in the field, or they might watch you (cute picture of fawn looking up at me - priceless.)

Friday, November 18, 2016

How Could Massage Benefit Your Health?


Cutting Down Cortisol

Cortisol is a steroid hormone, often released as a response to high stress. As such, it's appropriately linked to all the health problems high stress levels offer, for instance anxiety or depression.

Massage is well known for reducing stress levels substantially, even in small doses. Fifteen minutes a week, or even a month can have a real benefit on your state of mind. Cortisol is noted in substantially reduced qualities in individuals who undergo massage, helping with the aforementioned issues.

Improving Immune System

Do you get mouth ulcers regularly? The mouth carries perhaps the most bacteria in the body, and one of the first signs of a weakened immune system is ulcers appearing in the mouth. If you've ever experienced a 'stress ulcer' then you'll know how massage can help you.

High levels of stress result in immune system failure, this is why stressed out individuals get struck down by mouth ulcers at the worst times, it's simply the first place the problem becomes visible. By cutting down your high stress levels, massage can keep your immune system functioning longer. Ulcers, colds, and general sickness are less likely to strike, and with any luck you'll enjoy a far healthier life.

Helping with Pain

Massage has long been used on sports injuries and the like, and it's no wonder why. Massage is noted to decrease stiffness considerably, and reducing pain by a respectable amount. It's a pleasant, drug-free way to get back on the horse after an unpleasant muscle injury, or simply if you're all bunched up after a stressful day.

In these cases you're likely to be seeing Deep or Sports massage, the gentler Swedish massage is more appropriate for simply relaxing the patient. And in terms of helping with pain, it's important to remember this is fairly limited to muscle pain. If you've got a fracture, burn or open wound, then massage risks being both a painful and dangerous experience.

Getting Alert

If you're in a high pressure environment, it's easy to feel the urge to just daze out for a little while and let the stresses fly by. Massage has been seen offering sincere aid to helping individuals stay alert. When a control group was tested against a massaged group in a 1996 TRI study, the massage-recipients answered questions faster and with greater accuracy.

So it's definitely worth giving massage a try, at least. If you've ever had problems with any of the above, then a relaxing appointment might be just the thing to get you back on your feet.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Warming Benefits of Hot Stone Massage Therapy


Hot stone massage therapy, which is administered via the strategic placement of smooth heated rocks at key points on the body, is a variation of traditional massage used to reduce stiffness in the muscles, ease tension and improve circulation. By placing the heated stones on these specific points - some of which include the hand, toes and back -the muscles are prepared to allow for deeper relaxation.

Your massage therapist will administer a hot rock massage, by rubbing the body with stones to create the ultimate healing and relaxing experience. Because the warm heat from the stones helps to relax the muscles, it allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure. Strategic placement of the rocks during the hot stone massage is important, as they are thought to be the energy centers of the body that returns balance to the mind and body. Deeper muscle penetration and relaxation is one of the attributes that makes the hot stone massage therapy so popular. It is also proven to improve one's circulation and flush out toxins that could be harmful to your body. If you suffer from any of the following medical ailments, hot stone massage therapy could be just what you need:

• Muscle pains and aches;
• Upper and lower back pain;
• Effects of anxiety and stress;
• Symptoms of arthritis;
• Fibromyalgia;
• Insomnia;
• Depression.

So what types of rocks are used in stone massage therapy? The river rocks used in stone massage therapy have been made smooth by the current of the river over time. Made of basalt, they are rich in iron so they retain heat. After being immersed in water, they are placed in a device that heats them to the proper temperature. The hot stone massage technique is very popular, but it is particularly so among anyone who suffers from stress-related symptoms and who are more comfortable with a massage that is administered with a lighter stroke. As mentioned before, during the process of hot stone therapy, the muscles become easier to work with as a result of the warmth being directed to them.

Some people may be turned off by the thought of hot rocks on their body. But there is no need to worry... the stones are always smooth, flat and only about the size of a large egg. The heat is not a concern either, as the hot rocks are warmed under the strictest precautions in a unit that carefully monitors the degree of warmth. And while everyone has their own comfort range, your massage therapist will always hold the stones in his hands before applying them to your body to make sure that they are not too hot.

To begin your hot rock massage session, your therapist will ask that you lie face down on the table so that he/she can place the hot stones on the key points on your back. When the muscles have been sufficiently warmed, the therapist will continue your hot rock massage by removing the rocks and using them to rub your back with just the right amount of pressure needed to provide complete relaxation. Most massage therapists like to incorporate some type of cream, oil or lotion into hot stone massage therapy to allow the stones to run smoothly over your skin. Your massage therapist will then ask that you lie on your back so that he can address the front of your body, by placing the hot stones on the palms of your hands and between your toes.

People should not engage in hot stone massage therapy if they have open wounds or rashes, are currently engaged in chemotherapy or are known to be prone to blood clots. And if you are pregnant, as with any other procedure, you should contact your personal doctor before beginning any massage program.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Another Fantastic Fall Special


Seasonal changes and hot summer sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Book any spa treatment and receive a Body Polish and Re-hydration
HALF OFF.

(Savings of $27.50)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Super Fall Specials at 36 Oaks Country Retreat



*Buy 4 massages (or more)- for $58.00 each. 
Great for Christmas Gifts or for yourself!

*$15.00 Off any package

*Complimentary extra hour to relax and sip hot tea with any a la carte treatment.

Take some special time for yourself and watch the deer play in the field, or they might watch you (cute picture of fawn looking up at me - priceless.)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

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.

For more information, please visit http://36oaks.com/

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Massage Benefits: Pain and Stress Control


Getting a massage is a wonderful thing! There are so many benefits to getting one that it's a wonder everyone doesn't do so regularly. Whether it's to help control muscle pain, stress, or simply to relax, it's something you should definitely try out if you never have before.

A massage is a great way to deal with muscle pain. It doesn't matter much what the cause of the muscle pain is, massages work well for reducing or eliminating it. The pressure and movement of the muscle fibers during one helps to disperse the build up of lactic acid (which is one of the major causes of muscle pain), which helps your body disperse it more quickly so the pain goes away sooner.

Massages are also great ways to reduce stress that you feel for just about any reason. Since a massage is a pleasurable experience, endorphins are released into your body as a result which helps mitigate the feeling of stress and improves relaxation. This is especially true if it is focused on the areas where you carry stress in your body. So make sure to figure out where that is, and ask the person giving you a massage to pay special attention to that part of your body.

Of course the effects of getting a massage are only temporary, and do not address the cause of the muscle pain or stress. So even though they will help you feel better both physically and mentally, these effects will only last for a certain period of time. It will return once again as soon as you experience whatever was causing the stress or muscle pain in the first place.

So it is even better to deal with the issue that is causing the muscle pain or stress in the first place so that it doesn't return again after you get a massage. But it is still a good idea to get one first in order to relax and help to get yourself into a more productive state of mind so that you can deal with the cause more effectively.

And if the cause of your muscle pain or stress is not something that you can change or avoid, you may want to consider getting regular massages. This way, even if you experience muscle pain or are afflicted with stress, you will have a way to reliably reduce or eliminate it afterwards. That way it will become less of a factor in your life, and you'll be happier and healthier for it.

The better you are able to relax, feel good, and keep your level of stress under control, the healthier, happier, and more enjoyable and productive life you will lead. Regular, or even an occasional massage can help you make this a reality in your own life. And what better time to start than now?

Massage Your Stress Away Regularly

Everyone experiences stress in their lives, there's just no way around it. Whether it is caused by your job, family life, financial situation, relationship issues, or something else, it effects your body as well as your mind. A good way to mitigate these effects is by getting a massage.

When you are afflicted with stress, your body releases chemicals that change the way your brain works and the way you feel emotionally. These changes do not produce pleasant effects, and so you don't feel at your best. You also typically tense certain muscles in your body as a coping mechanism for dealing with the stress, whether you know it or not.

The next time that you are feeling stressed (or if you are feeling stressed right now), try to figure out which muscles are suffering because of it. You may already know because you have certain muscles that are sore or feel like they have a knot in them. But if not, there is an easy way to figure it out. Simply close your eyes, take a deep breath, and then start consciously relaxing each part of your body starting with your head and proceeding all the way to your toes. You'll be able to tell which muscles you were tensing and may not have even been aware of.

A massage can help with relieving both the physical as well as the mental tension in your body. Ask the person giving you a massage to focus on the areas where you know you are holding a lot of the tension in your body that was caused by stress. It will help force your muscles to relax and the kneading will help to disperse the lactic acid that has likely built up in the muscles as well. This will have the effect of getting rid of the uncomfortable knot you are feeling.

Getting a massage can also help relieve tension in your mind. If the massage feels good (which they normally do), the pleasure you feel will cause your body to release chemicals called endorphins into your brain which increase the pleasurable sensation and naturally relieve stress.

Regular massages are great ways to help control the level of stress you feel on a normal basis. And they don't have to be expensive, as there are some health insurance plans that cover massages. In fact, some companies even offer an on-site masseuse as a perk for their employees. Otherwise, your significant other would probably be willing to do their best as long as you are willing to reciprocate.

Massages are great ways to reduce and help control the level of stress you feel in your body and your mind. They aren't too expensive, and if you focus on the areas where you carry stress in your body the most, they are even more effective. Go and get one today!

The Benefits Of Getting A Massage

Do you suffer from muscle pain caused by a bad back, a hard workout, or maybe even from having slept in an uncomfortable bed? Well if you do, something that may be able to take your pain away is a massage. And if you've never had one, you don't know what you're missing!

Many people experience muscle pain on a regular basis for any number of different reasons, but don't know what to do about it. Some of them simply believe that it's just a part of life, and they can't do anything about it. So they continue to go through their lives each day living in pain.

Other people do try to do something about their muscle pain. One of the things they try to do to manage their muscle pain is take some sort of pain medication. These may be pills that can be purchased right off of the pharmacy shelf, or they may be prescription pain-killers. But they will usually need to try many different types in order to find one that works well for their type of pain. And that is assuming that they do find one that works.

There are downsides to taking medications in order to control muscle pain though. Besides having to try different types before finding one that works, even after having found one other problems may still crop up. You may start to develop an immunity to medication, making it necessary to take more and more each day. This could become expensive, or the pills could even stop working altogether.

Another option some people take in order to get rid of their muscle pain is to stop doing whatever it is that causes the pain in the first place. If it's caused by sleeping on an uncomfortable bed, they get a new mattress. If it's because they workout really hard, they change their workout routine. However, this may not always be an option.

The method that works for many people, that you cannot develop an immunity to, and that doesn't have to be expensive either is massage. Some health insurance plans even cover massages under certain conditions, which can make them inexpensive or even free. Or if you have a significant other, you can get a book or video to learn how and then practice on each other.

A massage that has been given to you by a skilled masseuse can help you rid yourself of muscle pain, and provide an enjoyable experience at the same time. I would encourage you to try it and see for yourself!

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

Deep Tissue Massage & Fibromyalgia | Deep Massage



Learn how deep tissue massage can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Important Massage Benefits You May Not Know About


Do you think having a massage is just about relaxation, pampering or relieving tight muscles? Yes massage is great for inducing a deep state of relaxation and providing some pampering 'me' time. And you know it is excellent for relieving tight, sore or cramped muscles and the associated pain that goes with it. But there are many other benefits and reasons for having a massage than you may not be aware of.

Because massage affects us on a mind, body and spirit level, it can release a cascade of beneficial effects on a physiological, chemical, emotional and mental level.

Here are 10 important massage benefits that you may not know about.

  • Easing pain medication dependence.

Due to the easing of sore and painful muscles and freeing up of joints, less medication may be required to keep you comfortable.

  • Enhancing immunity.

The Lymphatic System is part of our body's natural defense system and massage stimulates the efficient flow of lymph therefore enhancing our natural immunity.

  • Improving the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin.

Massage increases circulation to the skin cells, bringing more oxygen and nutrients and oils used can also feed and moisturize the skin.

  • Lessen depression and anxiety.

As a result of the sedating effect of massage the nerves are calmed and many of us are able to step back from our worried or anxious mind for a while and gain a more positive perspective.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue.

Scar tissue can be broken down thereby reducing restrictions and unsightly scars.

  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.

Internal adhesions can be freed and pooling of excess tissue fluids can be reduced by stimulating drainage.

  • Release of endorphins.

These are amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

Regular treatments can also reduce the occurrence of migraines.

  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.

By enhancing wellbeing and reducing anxiety, thus encouraging chemical and hormonal balance.

  • Enhanced sleep quality.

Relaxation promotes ease of getting to sleep and clients often report a deeper, more restful sleep.

There are many other benefits not listed here so don't just think of massage as a guilty indulgence, but as a very enjoyable maintenance program for this amazing machine we call the body.


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Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Detox Facial Will Light Up Your Face with a New Splendor


For healthy and fresh skin free of impurities, treat yourself to this deep cleaning facial treatment to restore your skin's glow. Your face will light up with a new splendor. It will be light, radiant, and brighter. This treatment is carefully tailored to each skin type. This facial includes cleansing, exfoliating, facial massage, a detoxifying clay mask, toner, and a defend and restore moisture cream. 

60 minutes - $85 

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

(707) 447-8037

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Deep Tissue Massage For Pain Relief


Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy technique wherein the inner muscle layers and the connective tissues are re-aligned. This type of therapy is highly beneficial for the contracted tissue muscles around the neck, lower back and shoulders. It heals stiff neck and lower back rigidity.

The massage strokes that are applied by the deep tissue massage therapists are similar to the traditional massage therapy. The only difference lies in the hand movement which is slower while the intensity of pressure is focused more on the pain stricken and tensed muscles. This particular massage therapy helps to break and eliminate the scar tissues. It concentrates on specific areas where the slower strokes and the deep direct pressure help in releasing the chronic muscle tension.

Normally a person suffering from chronic muscular tension and injury feels the pain emanating from adhesions which are bands of painful tight muscles and tendons. It is generally believed that adhesions block circulation, cause pain and inflammation while it also restricts a person's mobility. Deep tissue massage is recommended as the therapist physically kneads the adhesions and alleviates pain while helping to restore normal movement. To reach this objective, the deep tissue massage therapists often apply intense pressure or friction across the grain of the muscle. At times during the course of the massage, people may feel pain and associated discomfort. It is advisable in such cases to inform the massage therapist about the pain and soreness if it is beyond the comfort range.

Although slight stiffness or pain can be experienced after the deep tissue massage, the discomfort level normally subsides within a day or so. Often the massage therapist applies ice on the area which has been massaged. Deep tissue massage is also used for relaxation. The therapy is beneficial for persons recovering from injuries especially those which are sports generated, osteoarthritis, muscle spasms and postural problems. People suffering from osteoarthritis opt for this therapy as it is highly effective and often they notice remarkable improvement in their mobility immediately after the massage.

During deep tissue massage, the therapists use finger tips, knuckles, hand, elbows as well as the forearms. In the course of massaging, the therapist concentrates on muscles located below the top muscle layer as this is highly effective for people suffering from consistent pain. It is advisable to consume plenty of water once the massage is over to flush out metabolic waste from the tissues. At the start of deep tissue massage the person may want to breathe deeply since this action facilitates the process and relieves the tensed muscles.

Deep tissue massage might not be the best for certain types of people like heart patients or persons under the treatment of chemotherapy. Even for osteoporosis patients, prior consultation with the therapist is advisable. The massage therapist aims at relieving the pain from deeper tissue structures and the treatment can be more uncomfortable than the traditional massage.

However, people have to be realistic when contemplating undergoing this massage therapy. The deep tissue massage might not bring immediate relief from pain though many believe that if the therapist kneads hard on the pressure knots, they would get instant relief. This might not always happen as removing chronic knots and tension built-up over a lifetime is best achieved when the patient goes for an integrated program that includes exercise, improvement of posture, mobility enhancement, other relaxation techniques as well as regular deep tissue massage therapy.

Such duel program is really valuable for re-aligning the body. If the deep tissue massage is executed correctly, their benefits could be experienced within the next few days. As tensed muscles block oxygen and nutrients while building up toxin in the muscle tissues, this form of massage is recommended as it releases the toxin from the muscles as they are loosened up, thereby enabling the blood and oxygen to circulate properly.

The primary objective of deep tissue massage is to relax the muscle fibers and release the deeply held patterns of tension in order to soothe the tendon. The deep tissue massage therapy is corrective as well as therapeutic. The deep finger pressure and slow strokes on the tension ridden spots is a combination of touch, biomechanics and positioning options. The massage technique makes use of knuckles, fist, forearms and elbows to help in releasing pressure and tension from the deeper layers of the body.


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

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.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Relax at the Spa with Your BFF with the "Best Friend's Spa Retreat" Package


Best Friend'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.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pregnancy Massage - Benefits and Precautions



Are you pregnant? Are you stressed, cramped up or sleep-deprived? A pregnancy massage may be what you need. While almost everyone enjoys the relaxation of a good massage, during pregnancy the benefits are even greater.

Before you make your appointment, make sure you take care of safety first:

Precautions:

* Find a massage therapist that is specially trained and certified in pregnancy massage. They will be aware of all the following safety factors, but you should know them as well:

* If you are at risk of preterm labor, or have a blood clotting disorder, then do not attempt massage without first consulting your doctor. Some therapists may require doctor approval from all pregnant clients.

* Avoid massages during the first trimester of your pregnancy: The increased blood circulation during this time may cause to become dizzy, and may increase morning sickness.
* Make sure you are placed in a semi-reclining position, or lie on your side with lots of pillows for support.

* Do not allow excessive pressure on your ankles or the webbing between your thumb and index finger: these areas can induce early labor when sustained pressure is applied to them.
Once all the safety issues are taken care of, relax and enjoy! Most pregnancy massages are perfectly safe and will benefit both yourself and the growing child. Most importantly, they help you relax and will lower your stress level. That alone may alleviate many other discomforts. They may also:

Benefits:

* increase blood circulation,

* lower your heart rate,

* relieve muscle cramps and spasms,

* reduce lower back and neck pain,

* reduce swelling in hands and ankles

* provide a less painful and easier delivery!

When you go to your appointment, consider taking your partner with you. By learning what comforts you, they can help you relax via massage throughout your pregnancy and during labour. Make sure the therapist highlights all safety concerns to your partner and teaches them safe massage techniques.

So contact a qualified massage therapist today, and make that appointment that will help you relax and better enjoy this wonderful time of your life.


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Afternoon or Evening For Two at 36 Oaks Country Retreat!



Nap in a hammock ~ Read a book in our charming Bear Room ~ or You might enjoy the log swing and watch the squirrels playing in the trees ~ Allow your worries to float away...

Afternoon or Evening For Two

A four hour stay
One hour massage for each of you
Fruit and cheese plate
Robes and slippers provided

$195.00
Evening - 5pm 
$225.00
With catered dinner
$295.00

For more information call us at 707-447-8037 or visit us at 36oaks.com

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Get Hooked on Nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier



As kids now spend more time with entertainment media, they're getting less and less time outdoors, despite the mental and physical health benefits. Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning center, proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

4 Fascinating Ways That a Hot Stone Massage Benefits Our Minds


Hot stone massages can benefit your mind as much as your body. We usually think about the benefits of these massages for our bodies. For instance, hot stone massages can:

o improve our blood circulation
o reduce pain
o release toxins
o relax our muscles

These benefits are certainly important, especially after a stressful day at work or school. However, we should not disregard the mental benefits of massage. Maintaining sound mental health is equally as important as maintaining sound physical health. Here are some of the most important mental benefits from a hot stones massage:

1. Improves our ability to think calmly

When our minds are stressed-out, we tend to react to situations in an irrational way, and to make irrational decisions. The results could be disastrous. For instance, "road rage" can cause us to drive aggressively and make various irrational decisions. That could include running a red traffic light, cutting off another driver, etc. Indeed, remember the old adage "cooler heads will prevail." A hot stone massage can help to relax your mind, allowing you to think rationally and calmly.

2. Encourages a relaxed state of alertness

My Little League baseball "career" lasted one season, after I got a black eye on a pop-fly ball. However, we can apply the baseball lesson of "keeping your eye on the ball," to virtually every aspect of our lives. It is important that we are constantly alert throughout the day. We must be alert to operate a vehicle, listen to the instructions of bosses, teachers, and so on.

Hot stone massages can increase our state of alertness. They become a form of meditation, clearing our minds of the worries of the world. When our minds are not bogged down with these thoughts, we can focus on our day-to-day lives. Also, when our bodies our relaxed, we are physically ready to spring into action when in "fight or flight" situations.

3. Improves our ability to be creative

It is difficult to write a poem or song lyrics, when our minds remain focused on other matters. However, by clearing and relaxing our minds through a hot stone massage, we get our "creative juices" flowing, and can then produce extraordinary creative works.

4. Lowers mental stress

Typically, when we think about stress, we think about the physical effects that it has on our lives. However, we should not overlook the impact of mental stress. A low-to-moderate level of stress in our lives is good. However, when our lives experience too much stress, this can be overbearing on our minds. We continuously fret about the difficulties in our lives, causing our minds to feel as disorganized as an unsolved jigsaw puzzle. Fortunately, a hot stone massage can help to reduce our mental stress, making our minds at peace.

When we think about the benefits of hot stone therapy, we typically focus on the benefits to our body. However, we should not overlook the benefits to our minds. Hot stone massages can help to unleash the power of positive thinking!


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Take a Break and Try Our Relaxation Package!


Relaxation Massage Package

*A four hour stay 
*One hour massage followed by steamy towels and application of a regenerative skin cream to protect your face. 
*Fruit and cheese plate 
*Nice tea selection 

$95.00 

To make an appointment for the Relaxation Massage Package, 
please call 707-447-8037

Thursday, September 22, 2016

How Stress Affects Your Body - Sharon Horesh Bergquist


Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.

Lesson by Sharon Horesh Bergquist, animation by Adriatic Animation.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Spoil Yourself with the Serenity Package

 

Serenity Package:

A four hour stay
Full one hour massage
Herbal facial massage
Body polish (an exfoliation treatment)
Decadent tub soak in oversized claw foot tub
Fruit and cheese plate

For One: $215.00
For Two: $415.00


Available at 36 Oaks Country Retreat! It is nestled in a grove of majestic oak trees on Gibson Canyon Road. It 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. It is not uncommon to see deer wandering through, an occasional raccoon or even a fox.

Call today to schedule your appointment!
(707) 447-8037 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Looking At The Benefits Of Stress Relief Through Massage


The modern lifestyle for most average people today is hurried and stressful. Most families are in a routine of stressful events that becomes a way of life. However, too much pressure for too long can cause multiple health problems. Headaches, heart attacks, stroke, and even some immune related diseases are caused and made worse by stress.

Think about how great it feels to have the muscles in your back massaged. This is true even when you have no injury to muscles. However, for those times you do have sore aching muscles from overdoing it, you are experiencing a form of stress. When your body is fighting inflammation and pain, you might be surprised at the level of pressure it is under while doing so.

Many diseases that are caused primarily from you being under too much strain for too long can be completely avoided by learning how to handle it. Consider the number of people in hospitals suffering from heart attacks and stroke. Many of these same sufferers might have thwarted these attacks by simply taking time to relax.

Learning to relax can be hard, especially when you may be the one working to support your family or you are the one caring for someone sick,. Several situations can cause a great deal of pressure on one person. While many people are tough and have a great will to keep going on no matter what, they end up succumbing to pressures. Visiting a masseuse on a regular basis can allow you the time you need to learn how to truly relax.

Regular visits for muscle massaging can help to strengthen your immunity. This is a great reason many hospitals and clinics are incorporating this natural technique in their recovery routines. Research has shown how much faster people heal when massaging is a part of their healing process.

Massaging muscles can allow them to better expel metabolic waste. This is certainly a plus when you consider the number of external toxins you might be exposed to every day. Massaging also helps to promote the dispersion of vital nutrients in soft tissue. This is especially helpful in the cases of injured muscle tissue that requires a higher level of nutrients for healing.

Learn more about how you can relax and reap the benefits of massage for stress by visiting a professional masseuse. Making sure you take out time for yourself is important and necessary for you to maintain excellent health.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How Trees Talk to Each Other | Suzanne Simard


"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

What Are the Health Benefits? | Deep Massage



Learn about the benefits of deep tissue massage and how it can help certain health conditions in this Howcast massage video.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

3 Facts About Deep Tissue Massage - Benefits Compared to Swedish Massage


If you have been seeking massage therapy for aches and pains, you may want to consider getting deep tissue massage. Though the Swedish-style massage can be great for minor aches and pain, and is also great for relaxation, there are times when it just isn't enough. Deep tissue massage is more about therapy and healing than relaxation, and there is a reason why it works better than the Swedish type. You should consider that the problems you are having in association with chronic pain need a more advanced approach.

You may not hear much about deep tissue massage, but it is something that is used quite often to help athletes and others who have very physical jobs. Most injuries are not just surface injuries, and it is important to get to the root of the problem for real relief. Athletes are not the only ones who can benefit however, as there are many injuries that go deeper than the surface. If you have an office job where you must sit in front of a computer all day, or if you do a lot of repetitive motions for any reason, you are also at risk for this type of problem.

3 Things You Need to Know

1. How it Works

Deep tissue massage reaches core muscles that are often not stimulated through surface massage. These muscles may be in a state of agitation. These core muscles are important for posture, and when they are not loose and working well, you are going to have all sorts of problems. If you have a backache that won't go away, and regular massage doesn't seem to do much to help you, it means that the core muscles are in need of manipulation, and that is where deep tissue massage can help. You may find relief for many types of chronic pain through this type of massage, and once you find you are feeling better, you may kick yourself for not having tried it sooner.

2. What Results Should You Expect?

A therapist using deep tissue massage will have to apply more pressure to reach the muscle well below the surface. This means there is going to be more pain when you have treatment. This pain is temporary, and is letting you know that the proper tissues are being targeted. When muscles are bunched, the act of kneading and manipulating them will hurt. This pain is temporary, and depending on the state of your health, you should see results rather quickly. It is important that you keep up with your treatment if you want to see total and complete results.

3. Where Can You Go?

You may have to look hard to find a good deep tissue massage therapist. You generally won't find someone like this in a spa that specializes in Swedish massage, but it is not unheard of either. If you can't seem to find anyone, talk to your medical doctor. They may know of somewhere you can go. Though some doctors are iffy on recommending alternative therapies, many of them respect what deep tissue massage can do for the health and well-being of their patients.


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Sunday, September 4, 2016

How Can A Massage Help Me Sleep?


It is one of our natural tendencies to rub someone when they are having a hard time sleeping. One of the most concrete examples to back up this claim is the way we gently stroke the head of babies, or rub their backs to make them fall asleep. Admittedly, rubbing or touching is a natural and instinctive way to soothe and relax. And isn't it that rubbing and touching is what a massage is all about?

There are many articles and scientific journal entries that discuss how a massage, massage therapy, or therapeutic massage can help us relax. Even just one session of massage therapy already has an impact on our body and how it works. Here is the picture: humans are born with a parasympathetic and sympathetic autonomic nervous system. These two balances each other out. When we are stressed, our sympathetic system is activated making us feel the urge to fight, flight, or move restlessly. On the other hand, when we have a massage, our parasympathetic system is activated allowing our bodies to relax. What is the connection between this and our topic? Simply put, common sleep disorders are usually caused by stress and tension. And if these are the reasons why you are not sleeping very well every night, then you might be pleased to know that one of the benefits of massage therapy is improved sleep patterns. And this is true. In fact, there are some people who actually fall asleep while having a session at their massage spa.

Quite a number of people have claimed that they have slept well after receiving regular sessions of massage therapy and reflexology. Several studies also support the claim on how massage therapy does more than reducing incidences of back pain, body pain, and headaches. These studies also showed that therapeutic massage also helped patients sleep better due to lessened anxiety and depression. Another interesting massage study reported that critically ill patients claimed experiencing improved sleep patterns, both in the quality and quantity of sleep, compared to those patients who received only relaxation exercises.

So whether you are experiencing sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome, there is a therapeutic massage technique that can help you. According to a professional massage therapist from leading massage spa in Sarasota, Florida, people increasingly avail of their Swedish massage, sports massage, pregnancy massage, deep tissue massage, and reflexology services because they want to be soothed and relaxed.

Here are the basic description of each massage therapy treatment:

- Swedish massage is a massage therapy technique that uses variations of long gliding strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on surface muscles. Strokes used in Swedish massage generally goes with the direction of blood flow toward the heart. Swedish massage is commonly availed by people who wants to experience relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, as well as relieve muscle tension.

- Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy technique aimed at reaching the muscles way below the surface level. Chronic patterns of muscular tension usually happens at the deep connective tissues and this is the area targeted by deep tissue massage. With the use of slow strokes, direct and firm pressure, as well as friction techniques directed across the area of the body experiencing chronic muscle pain, deep tissue massage is effective in relieving chronic muscular tension and pain.

- Sports massage is a massage therapy technique that uses massage strokes similar to those used during a Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. The difference is that sports massage is specially adapted to deal with the effects of athletic performance on the body, as well as the needs of athletes regarding training, performing, and recovery from injury.

- Pregnancy massage is a massage therapy technique specially adapted to suit the delicate conditions of soon to be mothers. It uses the gentlest forms of massage strokes. A go signal form a medical practitioner is necessary before a woman can avail of pregnancy massage. Pregnancy massage is very effective in relieving back pain, leg cramps, and other discomforts associated with pregnancy.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

What is a Swedish Massage?


One of the common misconceptions of the massage industry by the public is what constitutes a massage. One of the comments heard by massage therapists from clients when a Swedish massage is through is, "You didn't work on my knots". To which the reply is, you asked for a relaxing Swedish Massage. In order to alleviate this common problem good communication is needed both on the part of the client and the on the part of the receptionist and the massage therapist.

At the intake process, I always tell the client what will take place during the massage. And what modalities I use during their massage. When the client is booking the massage it may be necessary to explain the difference between the modalities of massage. And for the client to decide what type of massage is best for them at the time.

The client must take into consideration what their health and mental status is. If they're stressed to the max, they might want to consider a nice relaxing massage. If they have a lot of knots (adhesions), tightness in their muscles or a limited range of motion, they might wish to receive a therapeutic massage. Or they may wish a combination of the two. That being said, the client must consider what's best for them.

The first thing is to consider is what do you want the massage to accomplish? Are you looking for a nice relaxing massage or do you need the massage therapist to focus on certain sore, strained, tight or injured muscles? Why don't we take a look at the first choice of a nice relaxing massage.

The Moves of Swedish Massage

A Swedish massage consists of five types of strokes. The first is effleurage which are nice long flowing strokes with light pressure which warms up the muscles. This move is probably the most common when a massage is thought about.

The next is petrissage. Petrissage is a kind of a scooping motion that effects the surface muscles and the fascia. Fascia is the connective tissue that covers the entire body. Sometimes it becomes bound or stuck and needs to be loosened.

Another move is vibration. Vibration is the rhythmic shaking of the body to it's own rhythm. It feels very good and can actually put one to sleep.

An additional move is called friction. Friction is done to the muscle fibers in either a circular pattern or perpendicular to the way the muscle fiber runs.

The final move is called tapotement and can be one of several moves such as cupping, chopping, quacking or hacking and is probably the second most thought of move when one thinks about massage. It can be quite noisy so it's not done for very long and usually at the end of the session as this helps to awaken the sleeping client.

All of these moves are part of the basic Swedish massage and can be used by the massage therapist in any order at any time.

Flow

The flow of a Swedish massage is at a nice relaxing pace. No rushing or quick movements in this type of massage, except for the tapotement component. The recipients of a good Swedish massage usually fall fast asleep. And snoring is a compliment to the therapist.

Benefits

The benefits of a Swedish massage are; hyperemia or a reddening of the skin or a blushing of the skin, increased blood flow which helps the body' s metabolism, the release of endorphins the amino acids that work as the body' s natural pain killer, and finally enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow which is part of the body' s natural defense system.

Music

A Swedish massage session usually has a musical component to it as well. Nice relaxing music is played during the massage. The music varies according to the place of massage. For instance a massage franchise will play all of the same music approved by corporate. In a private or group practice, the therapist picks the music or in some cases lets the client pick their music or bring in their own CD's to play.

Lighting

Lighting is an important factor in a relaxing massage. After all, it's hard to relax when you're under spotlights or those God awful fluorescent lights. Side lighting or lamps are a good source of lighting as long as they have a dimmer control on them. Some therapists may even use candles in their practice, although fire laws may prevent the use of candles in an office building.

Enhancements

There are other things the therapist may add or add for an additional charge, such as aroma therapy, Reiki, scrubs or wraps, hot stones and massage cupping. There you have it, all the components of a nice relaxing Swedish massage. In the next article, I'll cover the topic of a therapeutic massage which uses deep tissue moves as the primary means to accomplish the massage.

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