Friday, January 29, 2016

Try an Herbal Facial!

Both your skin and your inner well-being will experience the benefits of this herbal treatment. Your skin will be visibly moist and full of vitality. It will regain its suppleness and radiance. This facial is recommended for all skin types. This facial includes cleansing, exfoliating, toning and moisturizing.

30 minutes - $45 

Call 36 Oaks Country Retreat today to book an appointment to try this facial and any other of our relaxing spa treatments.
(707) 447-8037

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 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

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pure Fiji - Commitment to Pure Ingredients

Pure Fiji embodies the spirit of Fiji and it's natural abundance of beneficial plants and botanicals. This video outlines Pure Fiji's commitment to ensuring that its raw ingredients are of the highest possible quality.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Experience a Facial Especially Tailored to Men

Men's Facial 

A very relaxing treatment to brighten and purify your skin. This treatment is especially tailored to men to thoroughly clean your skin. Your skin will regain its radiance and vitality and be visibly brighter. 

45 minutes - $75 

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

(707) 447-8037

Thursday, January 14, 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.

Monday, January 11, 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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Soften the Signs of Aging with an Anti-Aging Facial

If you want to soften the signs of aging, treat yourself to this deeply nourishing and revitalizing experience. Throughout this exceptional treatment, you will feel the youthfullness returning to your skin. Noursihed, your skin will be smooth and visibly younger. You will feel very relaxed and rejuvenated! This treatment is designed especially for those 40 and over. This treatment includes cleansing, exfoliating, gentle stone and hand massage, derma fill mask and eye treatment, tight firm and fill eye and lip area treatment, as well as defend and restore moisturizing cream. 

60 minutes - $95 

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

(707) 447-8037

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nature - Connect to Its Healing Energy

Spending time in nature is the ultimate method to restore mind, body and spirit. The more you surround yourself with pranic energy (life force), the more aligned your spirit will be with your true self. Being in the presence of trees, grass, water and blue sky, takes you away from a hectic pace, and reunites you with your true connection to the universe. Spending time in a place that allows you to relax and heal yourself, you will be filled with the creative abundance that comes from connecting to the truest and deepest part of your being.

The Prana energy can be characterized as universal energy. Everyone has an energy field, commonly known as aura. We are electrical beings surrounded by our own electromagnetic energy field. Disease (dis-ease) is apparent in the energy field as an energetic disturbance before it is transmitted to the physical body.

When you seek refuge from the pressures of the outer world and retreat into the healing energy of nature, you will find that nature provides you with the restorative energy you need. Being surrounded by living things you will be reminded to remain true to yourself. Thus, you will regain the sense of harmony needed to connect with the deepest and purest part of your being.

There are many ways to connect with nature-hiking in the woods, walking in a park, working in your yard, being near a creek or waterfall. As your feet touch the ground, imagine Mother Earth's energy coming up through your feet, traveling to every cell and tissue in your physical body and spirit. With each inhale and exhale, become more aware of the pranic energy, and the special ways in which this energy impacts your senses, inspires and heals you.

Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Life Coach, Hypnosis Practitioner, Author, "101 Great Ways To Improve Your Life." Dr. Dorothy has the unique gift of connecting people with a broad range of profound principles that resonate in the deepest part of their being. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one's daily thoughts and feelings.
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Saturday, January 2, 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.

Keith Deveau is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in Massachusetts. He currently practices in Hanover, MA. For more details go to: South Shore Wellness Massage []
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