Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Connecting With Nature is an Intelligent, Healthy Lifestyle Choice

This is a recommendation I regularly give to patients, especially if they're feeling chronically stressed or anxious. It's a simple step, yet so powerful. It's getting outside and connecting with nature!

This may seem like a peculiar "health and happiness" recommendation to make! But, this was a vital component when I needed to re-create overall balance, happiness and health in my life following a very stressful period. For me, the outdoors is one of the critical pieces to the puzzle. Regardless of where you live and what time of the year it is, I feel it's a necessary component of balanced living for all of us.

I don't believe we were intended to live in the captivity of our workplaces, cars, shopping malls and homes. We are part of nature - part of the entire ecosystem. In my opinion, we need to stay connected to it in order to achieve overall balance. Personally, I thrive when I get outside every single day. Easier said than done when it's insanely cold and miserable out!

I'd say it's well worth my effort though. I notice that my thinking is clearer, I have more energy and a much better attitude when I do this. Fresh air is healing and energizing, as is natural light. Our bodies and minds don't function at their optimal levels in stale, indoor air and artificial lighting, day in and day out.

I do as much as I can outside: I take the kids out for play time, exercise and meals. We've done plenty of home school lessons while sitting outside. I do my morning rituals out on the dock in the spring through fall. I read outside when I get the chance. As often as possible I do my cardio exercise outside. I actually like the widely varying weather conditions that Michigan provides!

On days that it's too dangerous to exercise outside, or just too miserable to do much of anything outside, I have a quick little routine I do. I step out onto our deck, look up at the big pine trees next to me and take a few deep breaths of fresh air as I do some nice lengthening stretches. I look up at the sky, look out at the lake... take another deep breath as I appreciate all the natural beauty. Then I run inside! I can even recall a couple times when I just opened the window to do this routine. Must have been pretty cold!

In those glorious spring, summer and fall months, the benefits of the outdoors are obvious. Sunshine offers the healing benefits of light itself, as well as vitamin D. We also tend to exercise and stay more active during these months. We eat outside, work outside and play outside. Fair weather fans, we are! The crisp air of winter has a unique blessing of its own - not much else can invigorate you so quickly! Plus, frozen nostrils just remind you how alive you are, don't they?!

Action Step:

Make the effort to get outside and connect with nature every single day. If (you think) your only chance to get outside is while you're rushing to and from your car during your busy routine, then allow at least 30 extra seconds in your routine to stop the craziness and connect with nature in some small way. Look up at a tree, listen to the birds, feel the breeze or smell a flower.

Another one of my "but-I'm-so-busy" favorites is to crack the window in the car while sitting at a stop light and just look around you at the sky and the trees. Yes, I'm still paying attention to the traffic conditions! The sky is different every single day - even when it's gray! Take some deep breaths and soak it all in.

You are becoming a fully balanced, completely healthy human being! Enjoy the process!

Until next time, Be Happy, Be Well and Smile!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

36 Oaks Summer Specials

One of our favorites: 36 Oaks Signature Renewal Massage Includes a 70 minute massage, steamy towel wipe down, application of a decadent re-hydration lotion/ $125 each

Boutique Special - now through September 
Buy one item, second item 50% off

$10.00 off any package

$5.00 off an hour massage

Friday, August 18, 2017

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 to schedule an appointment to try this facial or any other of our relaxing spa treatments.  

(707) 447-8037

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How to Improve Your Life With a Hot Stone Massage

In hot stone massage, the therapist places the flat, smooth and heated stones on particular point of the body. The heat from the stones penetrates deep into the muscles and clears out negative energy and restores our normal alignment of the body, mind and soul.

Nature of the stone

Volcanic basalt stones are heated to a temperature of 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or about 50 degrees Celsius in water. The hot stones are never rough and may vary in size and shape. In order to prevent from bacterial contamination the stones are kept in hygienic.

Since Basalt stones are rich in iron it has innate ability to absorb and retain heat that will relieve stress and tension in muscles and enhance circulation. The warmth of the hot stones also calms the nervous system.

Where the hot stone massage apply

The massage therapist will always hold the stones in your hands before applying them to your body to make sure that they are not too hot. The key points targeted with hot stone massage are located in the toes, back and hand. The therapist moves the stone over the body by applying right pressure. The temporary placement of heated rocks on these areas relaxes the muscles. However this type of massage is painless and feels to be relaxed after completion.

Don't eat much before taking this massage. During this massage therapy, the client must lay on the bed by facing down. The client must communicate with the therapist if the stones are too hot or too much of pressure is applied. This type of massages may take 60 to 90 minutes long.


· Increase blood circulation and accelerating the healing process.
· Promotes peace of mind, which reduces depression and anxiety.
· Reduces stress and strains on the joints of the fingers, thumbs and hands.
· Deep sleep for several days after receiving the massage


Since our modern life is stressful, it is best to follow our ancient method of hot stone massage. Most people are free to get their hot stone massage. However, those who have infectious skin disease, those who just came out of surgery are also advised to stay away from getting massages. Meanwhile, if you're pregnant, it's very important to get your doctor's approval before indulging in the massage. The best way to know this massage is to try it and experience the relaxation and pleasure that no other massage can give.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

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, August 9, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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 today to schedule your appointment to try this facial or any other of our relaxing spa treatments. 

(707) 447-8037

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Biological Benefits of Frequent Massage

A new study shows there are sustained, cumulative beneficial effects of repeated massage therapy. The effects persist for several days to a week, and differ depending on the frequency of sessions.