Friday, June 28, 2013

Massage Therapy to Benefit Your Muscle Memory

Massage feels good, and that's the part which is most easily understood, but it can also help with the muscle memory of traumatized muscles.

The need for touch has been around since before human beings. Apes have a need for touch and even give each other back-rubs. Dogs need touch, as even wild dogs demonstrate that tactile interaction among members of a pack is essential to well-being. So the art of massage was probably developed early on in human society. But beyond the need for interpersonal contact, what does massage do to the human body, scientifically?

Muscle Tissue, Memory and Massage

Anyone who has played a sport, stopped for a long period of time, and then taken it up again, understands what is meant by muscle memory. As soon as the fitness cobwebs have been blown out of the system, the physical movements and skill they had once attained by playing the sport return quite easily. They don't have to start from scratch with their development. This is summarized by the 'Once you've learnt to ride a bike - you will never forget" example.

But just like some memories of past events are good, some are also bad. In massage therapy after an auto-accident, the effort focuses on retraining and resetting the muscles through massage. To muscles, even those not directly damaged in an accident, the impact of an accident is similar to dropping a large weight on a loaf of bread. The muscles are the squished, traumatized bread. And what massage does in this instance is to reform the muscles, and reset the brain (where sit the muscle memories, or maybe it can also be thought of as a kind of map) to allow the muscles to release, and like the loaf of bread, regain their proper shape and consistency.

Massage also can be thought of as kind of a "defragmenting" routine like you'll do to your hard-drive. Massage gets out all junk that has built up and reforms the muscles back to their proper order. When this happens the body relaxes, the brain becomes convinced nothing is wrong which requires stiffening and bracing, and you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Stress and anxiety can be relieved by massage for this reason.

Your brain is where you are, but you are not in control of portions of your brain. It's like part of your brain doesn't know you are there. So, using an accident as an example again, when the brain thinks there is danger, and it's got to keep the muscles tense, because a short time ago they experienced a severe impact, the brain also looks for events to attach the sense of danger too. Small problems in life become amplified by the brain for this reason, and thus the subsequent anxiety.

A good massage therapist knows how to touch and persuade the muscles to report to the brain, "Everything's OK here. In fact this feels pretty good." This allows the brain to turn down its anxiety producing mechanisms.

So as well as the touch of massage allowing people and animals to feel good, it also effects muscle memory and subconscious memory linked to trauma.

Nigel Coates is a Gold Coast Conference Massage specialist, who works with a wide variety of clients whom all present with individual circumstances. He coordinates a national team of massage therapists under the banner of the Australian Massage Network.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Benefits of Couples Massage

Have you ever thought about getting a massage with your significant other? If you haven't, you should definitely consider the idea. Couple's massages are very popular right now and offered at different spas. Receiving a relaxing massage while having your partner by your side can be a wonderful experience that you will never forget about. Here are some of the benefits of couple's massages that you should know about.

Save Money

One of the greatest benefits of getting a massage with your significant other is that you will save some money. Many spas offer discounts to couples who book their massages together. For instance, if the typical cost of a one-hour massage is $70, you may only have to pay $110 to get a massage with your partner. It definitely is a wise idea to book this spa treatment together.


Getting a massage together will give the two of you a chance to bond and get closer. There is nothing more romantic than talking to your loved one while receiving a relaxing massage. As a professional is giving you a massage, you can catch up with your partner and ask how he has been. This is especially beneficial for couples who work long hours and do not always get to see each other.

Ease Nerves

If you have not gotten a massage before, you might feel a little nervous. The idea of taking off your clothes and being touched by a complete stranger can make anyone uneasy. If you have your significant other by your side, you will not feel so nervous. Having him right next to you will make you feel a lot more comfortable. If you feel a little nervous before the massage, talk to your partner about it.

Share in Relaxation

The only thing more relaxing and pleasing than getting a massage is sharing it with someone you love. You can spread the relaxation with your significant other and feel very good about it. You will be happy knowing that the massage will help ease his tension and make him feel less stressed out.


Getting a massage with your partner can be very romantic, especially if you are on a weekend getaway. After the two of you get done with a massage, you can go back to your hotel room and rekindle your romance. There are some spas that offer extras during a massage including chocolate, wine and roses, which can make the atmosphere even more romantic. Make sure to take advantage of these extras.

As you can see, it is completely worth it to get a massage with your partner. During the massage, you can relax and bond with one another. Do not wait any longer to experience these great benefits and book your couples massage today. At the end of the session, you will feel like a million bucks and feel closer to your significant other. Whether you book a massage on vacation or at a spa a few minutes away from your home, you will enjoy yourself.

If you're looking for the finest massages in Toronto, Visit Allure Massage. Conveniently located at 392 Gibraltar Dr, we offer a wide variety of services to suit your needs. Visit us today at for more info.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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 - $65

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

(707) 447-8037

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Join Us For Music On The Lawn - Reserve Your Spot Now


Music on the Lawn
Saturday June 22nd

Music provided by:  Ronnie K & Ricky Ray

Relax on the lawn and listen to the sounds of Classic Soft Rock by 
Magic Touch featuring Ronnie K & Ricky Ray.  They will take you back to the days of unforgettable songs from a generation of young artists who weren't afraid to bare their souls and sing from the heart.  

Enjoy listening to the Magic Touch as they entertain you and let you re-visit the memories brought to you from artists such as:

The Beatles
Cat Stevens
Jim Croce
Neil Diamond
Simon & Garfunkel
The Rolling Stones
The Eagles
Eric Clapton
Harry Chapin
Kris Kristofferson
Dr. Hook
...and more
Come early and make an afternoon of it!!*
Have a spa treatment 

Nap in a hammock 

Bring a picnic and a blanket

Picnic time available from 4:00 o'clock
Spa Treatments available all day 
(by appointment)

$10.00 covers day use, ice tea, music

By reservation only, please respond by Wednesday June 19

Limited parking available, car pooling is encouraged

For those coming from out of town, we have two hospitality rooms available 

Plus:   you will receive a $10.00 coupon towards spa treatments and a  $10.00 Boutique coupon

 Great Bargain table of products!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beating Depression With Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can do much more for you beyond making your muscles feel better. While you probably know that it can help conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, neck pain and athletic injuries, you may not be aware that massage therapy is also beneficial for treating some emotional issues, such as depression.

There are categorically different types of depression, and varying levels thereof. Serious depression, of course should always be treated first by a physician, to determine what can best help you. Massage therapy should be used only as an adjunct for minor cases of depression, whereas more serious cases may require other types of health care. Speak to your doctor about what is best for you.

How does massage therapy help with depression?

Essentially, massage therapy stimulates nerve receptors in your body, which in turn releases mood-enhancing chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine. Because serotonin and dopamine affect your brain cells relating to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behaviour, lack of these brain chemicals can have widespread implications for your life. You can already see how a massage would be beneficial.

In addition to improving serotonin and dopamine levels naturally, massage therapy can also reduce the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a hormone secreted by your adrenal glands, and is secreted in higher levels when we experience a 'fight or flight' reaction to something. Obviously a necessary hormone during emergencies, repeated exposure to stressful situations causes resting levels of the hormone to remain higher than they should be, driving up your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and suppressing your immune system. An ongoing condition like this can lead to depression, what is essentially your body's defence against repeating stressful events (like your mind going into a fetal position to protect you). Massage therapy then, can reduce these levels and thereby improve your ability to handle ongoing stress in your life.

Furthermore, massage therapy has been shown to improve alpha brain wave activity, the brain activity commonly seen when we are relaxed, yet focused and still conscious. Alpha brain waves are commonly seen in people meditating, as well as athletes who are competing at elite levels. By improving the frequency of alpha brain wave activity, you will function better at work and in stressful situations.

So keep in mind that while your massage feels good, it is actually having a physical effect on you to accomplish this.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

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 - $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

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

When It's a Good Time To Consider Massage Therapy

If you have never been to a massage therapist to get a massage, then you don't know what you are missing. Getting a massage is one of the most relaxing things that you can do. It is a great stress reliever and the perfect option if you are looking to experience something new. What many people don't realize, however, is that massage therapy is also an effective form of treatment for a wide variety of health ailments.

Benefits of massage therapy

Outside of the obvious benefit of receiving a relaxing massage, this form of alternative medicine continues to become more popular with people of all ages because it can help to treat so many different health conditions. A sore back is not the only reason to book an appointment for a massage. When used in coordination with other treatments, this form of therapy can have great results.

While commonly known to relieve pain and muscle tension, massage is also used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, headaches, insomnia, nerve pain, sports injuries, joint pain, as well as having the ability to lessen pain and discomfort associated with many diseases.

When it's time to consider massage therapy

In general, you can receive massage therapy treatment any time. It's a great source of relaxation and many people simple use it to relieve stress. But, more and more people are considering this form of treatment for a number of more serious reasons. They include:

• A method to manage daily ache and pains: As we get older we all experience daily aches and pains that can be attributed to a large number of things. Massage therapy is a great way to reduce pain and inflammation so we can be at our best.

• Other treatment methods are not working: Massage is a great option if you are not getting the desired results from other form of medical treatments. Before you try it, it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about how this form of therapy could be beneficial.

• You don't want to use pain killers or prescription medications: If you don't want to rely on prescriptions to manage your health condition, then massage therapy could be a viable option, depending on your condition.

• A gift: Many people give away massage session as a gift. It is a great way to spend the day with a loved one and it is the perfect gift for someone who needs to relieve some tension or stress.

• Recovering from an injury: A large factor in the recovery from an injury is massage therapy. Depending on the type of injury, massage may play a role in the recovery process.

• You're curious: Many people simple book an appointment because they are curious and want to try it out for themselves.

Massage is a great option for almost anyone. You can do it if you are healthy, are recovering from an injury, want to reduce pain or stress, and you can do it even if you are simply curious.

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

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 - $60

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