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:


* 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:


* 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

Evening - 5pm 
With catered dinner

For more information call us at 707-447-8037 or visit us at

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.