Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Three Common Types of Spa Treatment

There are many types of spa treatments a spa center has to offer. Three of the common spa treatments are facial treatments, skin treatments, and massage treatments.

Facials are basically designed to give the face and neck area a thorough clean and hydration. Thus, spa facial treatments are treatments designed to benefit your face as well as add a glow to it since the dead skin cells from your face's surface would be removed. Its packages usually consist of the basic cleansing of skin, a steam bath, and a facial massage. This will then be followed by the application of hypoallergenic moisturizers on the face and neck so they do not dry out from the previous processes. From here, the specialty of it's the spa center's package varies. You could be given paraffin facials, where a layer of paraffin mask is applied to your face so that your face would be able to absorb and seal in nutrients from certain creams. Another type of facial you could be given is an aromatherapy, which oil rejuvenates the skin. As for collagen facials, a collagen mask is applied to promote skin cells to grow.

On the other hand, spa skin treatments focus on the skin of your body. There are many types of different treatments for this area. Like the facial spa treatment, your skin will first be cleansed. From there on, your treatment differs based on the center's selection of treatments. One type is the body scrub, where gentle abrasives like salt or crushed nuts would be used to slough off the dead skin cells of your skin's surface as well as improve circulation. Another option of skin treatment would be body wraps, where your body will be slathered with therapeutic creams and then wrapped with a blanket for certain duration.

Lastly is the spa massage treatment. This type of spa is popular with both men and women. There are many types of massages available, but not all is preferred by everyone. Some massages are gentle, which focuses on the touch on certain areas to regulate blood flow to the areas. On the other hand, there are those that require much strength and pressure, which knead your muscles up to your bones. Consult a spa center on which treatment suits you best, and you will walk out refreshed.

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Wednesday, July 27, 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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Take Time for Nature's Medicine

A reminder to -----Take time for nature's medicine.

We all need to revive the senses with fresh air, sunshine, a nice breeze and just wandering in a garden.

As Henry David Thoreau reminded us "we need the tonic of wildness." Whether it be in our gardens at 36 Oaks, the Sonoma Coast, mountains or your backyard - step outside and enjoy!!

That's what I love about the opportunity I have here, to offer not just a massage, but a place to heal and revive our senses.

Thursday, July 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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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Voice of the Natural World - Bernie Krause

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

Talk by Bernie Krause.

Friday, July 15, 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, July 12, 2016

What to Do after a Deep Tissue Massage | Deep Massage

Learn what you need to do after you have a deep tissue massage from celebrity massage therapist Meagan Holub in this Howcast video.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Popular Types Of Massage To Help You Relax

Most people will turn to massage therapy to relax and revitalize their tired bodies and for that there are different types of massage one can choose from. You may not know it but actually there are over a hundred different types of massage, which means that your choice is not limited to the more common ones.
Through the years people have come up with different ways to improve or to develop variations with massage techniques infusing Eastern techniques with the Western techniques. But whichever technique you decide to have, massages in general are beneficial to both your mind and your body.

Some of the health benefits one can get from different massage techniques are: improved blood circulation, relief from tension headaches and detoxification among others. To give you an idea of the massage therapies you should try, here are other popular types of massage that is sure to help you find harmony within your body.

1. Swedish massage is perhaps the most popular choice for a massage therapy. It involves kneading and circular movements using smooth strokes to help penetrate through the muscles. This type of massage may either use oils or lotions for skin application to help with the massage strokes.

If you are in your menopausal years and you are looking for ways to relieve you from menopausal symptoms you would probably turn to modern medicine but if you are looking towards the alternative solution then you should try Swedish massage because it is not only good for tensed muscles it is also good for relieving anxiety, depression and other psychological symptoms associated with menopause.

2. Next on the list is called deep tissue massage. This massage uses deep pressure targeted across the affected muscles to relieve stress and tension, which is important to regain normal movements that is movements without the pain and stiffness. It is especially recommended for those who are recovering from injuries like whiplash and sports injuries and those with postural problems.

3. If you find bathing in warm water soothing then you should try hot stone massage also known as warm stone massage that commonly uses basalt, a type of stone, basically because of its smoothness. It is one of the various types of massage that utilizes indigenous materials in administering the massage.

It is a good application immediately before performing traditional massage to help loosen up tensed muscles. You can also opt to have the stones run along your muscles instead of the therapists' hands if you find it more relaxing that way.

4. Pregnant women can also have massage sessions although they have to make sure that the massage therapist is well-trained in administering pre-natal massage since pregnancy is a special case to work on. Most pregnant women experience pains and discomfort and now that massage for them is possible they can experience less stress during their pregnancy.

5. Perhaps one of the massage therapies that have gained popularity recently is the aromatherapy massage. The therapeutic effects in this type of massage lies in the essential oils that the massage therapist uses for relaxation and to energize your mind and body.

There are other types of massage that uses techniques that you may never have seen or heard before. Trying other massage types will surely give your massage experience a new twist so explore and enjoy massages to help you deal with the stresses of everyday living.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Relax at the Spa with Your Best Friend 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.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hot Stone Massage - Top 9 Things You Need to Know

One of the fastest rising styles of massage is the hot stone massage. If it's your first time to hear about it, you may be wondering what it's all about. It may be hard to imagine how hot stones can be used in a massage. Here are some other things you should know but may not know about hot stone massage.

  1. What is a hot stone massage? Hot stone massage is a variation of the classic massage therapy in which water treated and heated stones mostly basalt stones are placed in key points of the body called energy centers to prepare the body for deep tissue manipulation and promote relaxation.
  2. Why are basalt stones used? Basalt stones which are black volcanic rocks rich in iron have innate ability to absorb and retain heat that can be used to relieve stress and tension in muscles and enhance circulation. 
  3. What are the benefits of getting a hot stone massage? The positive effects of a hot stone massage are countless. On the physical aspect of the body, it does wonders in muscle and deep tissue relaxation, relieves tension, stress and pain such as back aches and muscular pain, improves circulation, and releases harmful toxins. Mental benefits on the other hand include calming of the psyche, giving peace of mind, reducing anxiety and depression. It is also used to treat some medical conditions like Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia and some circulatory problems.
  4. Who invented hot stone massage? Mary Hannigan, from Tucson, Arizona invented the hot stone massage in 1993. She calls her style the LaStone Therapy. It wasn't long before this massage style proliferated. Now many massage and spa centers offer their own version of the hot stone therapy.
  5. How long is a massage stone session? A session of this type of massage usually takes 60 to 90 minutes long.
  6. Who cannot take a hot stone massage? Most people are free to get their hot stone massage. However, those who have infectious skin disease, rash, open wounds and those who are prone to blood clots are not allowed to have a hot stone massage. Those who just came out of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation are also advised to stay away from getting massages. Meanwhile, if you have a heart disease or if you're pregnant, it's very important to get your doctor's approval before indulging in a massage. For pregnant women, it is a better idea to get a pregnancy massage from a certified massage therapist.
  7. Is it compulsory to tip the massage therapist? Tips are a nice way of saying that you like the massage that you got. In hotels or spas, a customary 15% to 20% tip will be appreciated by the massage therapist. However, if you are in a medical setting like a hospital or clinic, tipping is not the norm. If in doubt, don't be afraid to ask. Aside from tipping, you can also show appreciation by recommending the massage therapist or the spa center to family and friends.
  8. Does a hot stone massage require nudity? Most hot stone massage clients are given massage while nude but if you're not comfortable, you can always stay in your underwear.
  9. How much does a hot stone massage cost? Typically more expensive than Swedish massage, a session of hot stone massages ranges from $50 to $190.

There are plenty of information available about hot stone massage but nothing beats going through it yourself. The best way to get to know this massage is to try it and experience the relaxation and pleasure that no other massage can give.

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