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Massage Benefits

February 19th, 2014 by Lois Mahoney


Massage Benefits
The massage benefits at Wimberley Day Spa will prove undoubtedly beneficial. You may enjoy a massage while staying on property with us, at  Blair House Inn.  You may also visit us for the sole purpose of a massage.  When your therapist begins unwinding those stress-tightened muscles,  your days troubles begin to fade away.  As a physical  healing mechanism, massage has been utilized for thousands of years around the globe.  In more recent years, there has been a plethora of scientic proof,  the advantages of regular massage therapy go much deeper than just physical.

1. Enhances a calm mind
-encouraging a calm mind creates an avenue for creativity; it is during these times that our minds are most conducive to creative thinking, developing plans, organizing thoughts, and reducing stressful thoughts. Massage can encourage this state of mind by relaxing the entire body.

2. Reduces anxiety
-as a natural deep relaxant, a successful massage can significantly reduce anxiety. Usually, anxiety is stored in some key areas of the body; the lower back, shoulders, abdomen, and neck. By relieving these areas of tension, the mind can ‘let go’ of anxiety and experience a light, almost freeing sensation.

3. Increases self-awareness
-the mind-body connection is often overlooked in today’s fast-paced society. From the minute you wake up, to the moment you go to bed, it is easy to slip into ‘mind-only’ mode. When you re-establish the connection with your body, you will experience greater ease of movement, a more centered feeling, and an enhanced feeling of well-being.

4. Promotes mental alertness
-although a massage can bring you into a state of deep relaxation, this is also a state of heightened mental alertness. Your mind is relaxed and calm, but acutely aware and in this state, capable of solving even the toughest problems!

5. Increases peace of mind
-with your ability to feel relaxed and naturally aware, peace of mind becomes a necessary result. Peace of mind can be defined as a sense of calm well-being and just feeling good naturally.

6. Satisfies need for human touch
-as human beings, we all need to feel the touch of another human being. This can range from a simple hug, handshake, or a nurturing touch. A massage encourages this type of connection and increases your appreciation for this human need.

Whether your muscles and joints are sore, your mind, or both, the massage benefits at Wimberley Day Spa may be just the answer!

Aromatherapy for Everyday Life

January 7th, 2013 by Lois Mahoney

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils for therapy. The idea behind aromatherapy is for the chemical components from the essential oils to trigger the release of chemicals to make a person react in an intended way, whether that is relaxed, sleepy, etc. There is such a plethora of essential oils that can be used for various uses, but let’s just take a look at five that are great for everyday use as well as massage.

1. Peppermint – has a distinct, energizing scent. It can be used for helping digestion as well as clearing out lung congestion.

 

2. Lavender – the most widely used essential oil! It is used for muscle pain and headaches as well as a other uses.

 

3. Lemon – this can be used both in massage and in food/drink. It helps fight viral and bacterial infection, reduces water retention, and when inhaled can reduce blood pressure.

 

4. Rosemary – can be used in massage and food. It increases energy, helps with muscle pain, and relaxes nerves.

 

5. Basil – again, can be used in both massage and food! It is a stimulant for the nervous system that can sharpen senses and provide a euphoric feeling.

 

 

Wimberley Day Spa: Aloha! Lomi Lomi Massage

November 28th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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Aloha! Has the hustle and bustle of the Holidays already gotten you stressed and frustrated? Wimberley Day Spa has the perfect solution that will relieve your tension and make you feel like you have taken a day trip to the beaches of Hawaii! One of our talented massage therapist, Mary Rose, is trained in the ancient Hawaiian massage technique of Lomi Lomi. This unique massage has been historically practiced in four context including the usage of palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, feet, and on occasion sticks and stones. The additional three context Lomi Lomi is used in is as a healing practice of native healers, an aid to digestion for chiefs, and as a restorative massage for the families of masters of the Hawaiian martial arts.

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This special massage technique is historically conducted with prayer, meditation and intention. Though in today’s more modern world, it is difficult to practice Lomi Lomi as it was used in times past, it still proves to be rewarding to mental and physical health. Therapist are trained to begin preparation for a Lomi Lomi massage by praying and concentrating on nature and the spirits surrounding them. Lomi Lomi techniques will bring a patient back to their center and feel more relaxed and at ease than ever before. With the Holiday season in full swing, relaxation seems to be far out of reach, but a visit to the Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn will calm and stimulate your body and mind. A Lomi Lomi massage is an excellent gift idea for your best friend, spouse, child, or boss, with gift certificates in any amount available for all of our Wimberley Day Spa services. Please call Blair House Inn at 512-847-1111 for more information and to book your appointment today!

September 25th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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Top 3 Questions about the Swedish Massage are Answered by Wimberley Day Spa.

 

What is a Swedish Massage?

 Swedish massage is the most common type of massage at the spa. Swedish massage combines various hands-on techniques including gliding, kneading, and cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, called adhesions. Swedish massage is based on the Western concepts of anatomy and physiology as opposed to energy work. It can be slow and gentle, or vigorous and bracing, depending on what the therapist wants to achieve. Swedish massage is performed by a trained and licensed massage therapist who lubricates the skin with massage oil and usually takes 50 to 60 minutes to massage the whole body.

What does a Swedish Massage Feel Like?

Swedish massage should feel very soothing and relaxing and is perfect for beginners.

Massage therapists use a combination of classic Swedish massage strokes to work the muscle tissue. Smooth, gliding strokes, called “effleurage,” warm up the muscle tissue. It can be done slowly or quickly, depending on the therapist. In general, a slower pace is more relaxing and quicker is more invigorating. Kneading the muscle tissue by lifting and pulling the fleshy muscle away from the skeletal structure is called “petrissage.” This starts to work the tissue a bit more deeply. Cross-fiber friction is when the therapist targets a particular trouble spot (called an “adhesion”) to separate the tissues, restore circulation and make the muscle softer and more pliable. They might use their thumb or fingers…or sometimes even an elbow (the most intense). Cross-fiber friction might feel uncomfortable or good, depending on how much pressure the therapist uses and how you interpret the sensation. Some therapists also use passive stretching, such as moving your arm over your head to mobilize the joint.

What are the Health Benefits of a Swedish Massage?

Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.

* Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.

* Massage reduces tension and anxiety.

* Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

* Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.

* Massage prevents and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.

* Massage therapy can help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.

Remind yourself of these health benefits if you start to feel guilty about getting massage!

Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you, ask to speak to a massage therapist before you make your appointment with us. Here at the Wimberley Day Spa we have Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Lomi Lomi, and Hot Stone massage, so no matter what your needs are, we can accomodate them.

 

Wimberley Day Spa Explains the Benefits of a Facial

September 19th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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You may merely enjoy the pampering and relaxation you feel when receiving a facial treatment at the Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House Inn, but there are a multitude of other benefits that offer you and your skin health and wellness.

Facials, face packs, aromatherapy facials and massage with facial creams and other remedies help deep cleanse the skin, removing toxins caused by pollution, grease and dirt found in your everyday environment. Cleansing facials open the pores of the skin, remove dead skin and toxins from the face, and clean the surface of the skin through exfoliation that tightens and firms the skin,

Facial treatments help to improve and restore circulation to facial skin layers, increasing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood to skin cells, according to the Day Spas website. This rush of blood to the skin gives your skin a healthy glow and plumps skin cells with vital nutrients and water, which reduce the appearance of wrinkled and dry skin. Nutrients like blood, vitamins and minerals found in the blood, along with adequate hydration, help develop and maintain new skin cells, essential for a youthful, healthy appearance.

Facial treatments feel good, offering soothing relaxation, according to Day Spas. Facial massage treatments increase circulation and the flow of blood, and they include a variety of creams, aromatherapy and oils that moisturize the skin, smell good, and relieve stress as well as encourage peace of mind and contentment. Call us today to schedule your Botanical Facial or Acupressure Botanical Facial and feel the benefits for yourself.

Reflexology Massage: What is it?

September 11th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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Reflexology is an alternative therapeutic treatment based on the idea that areas of the feet, hands, and ears are connected to other areas of the body. According to reflexology, pressure applied to the right reflex points can correct problems with correlating body parts, organs and ones. For instance, a point on the arch of the foot may correspond with liver function. When pressure is applied to the reflex point on the foot, it will improve the liver functioning.

Reflexologists use “maps” of the hands and feet to determine which body systems correspond with one another. The extremities are broken down into tiny color-coded sections on the map that make it clear which organs, valves and bones will be affected by applying pressure to certain areas.

Reflexology has a number of benefits. At its most basic level, it is a soothing experience that is helpful for stress-relief. If the specific reflex points are targeted correctly by a reflexologists, the benefits can be remarkable, including relief from migraines, circulatory and digestive issues, sinus problems and more. In general, any organ of the body with a correlating reflex point can be improved through regular reflexology treatments.

 The Wimberley Day Spa is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Sunday so we can accommodate even the busiest of schedules. Our services are open to the public so call today and schedule a massage or facial today.

Wimberly Day Spa’s Hot Stone Massage Q & A.

September 5th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Hot Stone-Massage im Hotel ZugspitzeQ. What is a hot stone massage?

A. Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client’s body of to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones made of basalt. These stones are heated in sanitizing water before use.

Q. What does the hot stones do during a massage?

A. The heat from the stones helps your muscles relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles.

Q. What are the benefits of a hot stone massage?

A.  Hot stone massages are beneficial on both physical and psychological levels. The three main benefits are pain relief, improved circulation, and mental benefits. While all types of massage can help relieve pain caused by tense muscles, stiff joints or injuries, a hot stone massage may provide greater relief due to the intense nature of the massage. Because the hot stones allow the massage therapist to penetrate deeper, you may find that a hot stone massage leaves you feeling physically better than a Swedish or deep-tissue massage that does not incorporate heat. It is important to let your massage therapist know if you feel that the heat from the stones is too much or that the pressure he is using is too harsh. Pain or discomfort during the massage process can cause more harm than good after the massage is over. Typically, a massage therapist allows the heated stones to rest on trigger points in your body before beginning the actual massage. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains. Massage therapy can result in mental benefits as well as physical ones in many people. You may find that the relaxation afforded to you through a hot stone massage helps ease some of your mental stress and tension. A hot stone massage may also help you combat some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders and depression. While massage therapy is not a substitute for traditional medical or psychiatric care, it can be an integral part of your treatment plan

Our professional massage therapists incorporate a customized massage with the use of hot stones which offers enhanced benefits. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness and increases circulation and metabolism. Each hot stone massage therapy session promotes deeper muscle relaxation through the placement of smooth, water-heated stones at key points on the body. As you end your long summer and get ready for a busy fall take the time to relax and unwind with a hot stone massage at the Wimberely Day Spa at Blair House Inn.

Embrassing Massage Questions Answered by Wimberley Day Spa

April 18th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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Too Embrassed to Ask? The Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House Inn helps to soothe your worries and lays it all out on the table in our “Embrassing Massage Questions Answered” blog series. Do you tip? Are you supposed to be nude? Do you say anything if the pressure’s not deep enough? What if you’re self-conscious about your body? Here are the answers to two of the top ten embrassing massage questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but may be too embarrassed to.

1) Am I supposed to tip my massage therapist?

If you get a massage at a spa or hotel, a 15% to 20% tip is standard if you were pleased with the services. On the other hand, there are no real ground rules or norms when it comes to massage in a medical setting. Some massage therapists and massage associations I asked said tipping isn’t appropriate in a medical or clinical setting. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask if tipping is customary. You can call ahead to ask if you don’t want to do it face to face. If tipping isn’t the norm, you can always show your appreciation by referring friends, family and co-workers to the massage therapist.

2) Am I supposed to take it all off when I get a massage?

Many people prefer to keep their panties or briefs on during a massage, while others prefer to be completely nude. It’s up to you. If your problem areas are your lower back, hips, buttocks, or groin, tight-fitting underwear can sometimes get in the way of massage work, but a thong for women or briefs for men should do the trick. In North America, if you do remove your underwear, licensed massage therapists must ensure that you are always properly covered by a sheet or towel. Only the area being massaged will be uncovered.

Relax your nerves at the Wimberley Day Spa at the Blair House Inn; we are here to ensure you have a rejuvenating and calming experience. Schedule an appointment with one of our terrific massage therapists today! Don’t forget to ask about our organic massage lotions, oils, and scrubs by Mountain Rose Herbs. Stay tune for more embrassing massage questions answered.

Hill Country Day Spa at Blair House Inn: Massage, Man’s Best Friend

April 11th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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Work. Eat. Sleep. Gentleman, does this sound like your life? If this describes you, it might be time for a massage. Massage is a great way to reduce the stress in your life, sleep better, and improve your overall health. Massage therapy provides tremendous physical and physiological benefits. If you have somehow avoided receiving massage all these years, it’s important that you recognize that while massage may be beneficial for the majority of the population, there are specific and very unique benefits for men over 40. Getting a massage is like maintaining your car and like our cars we need regular maintenance; massage relieves stress, reduces pain, efficiently regulates blood pressure, and is effective in reducing sports related injuries. We all know that if we take good care of our cars they will last us longer, the same goes for our bodies. Regardless of our age or gender we all want to look and feel our best. Massage therapy is the one of the best ways to relax and prepare out bodies for the day-to-day hustle.

So what does science say? Experts say that regular massages may soothe a rapid heartbeat which can be induced by everyday stress or anxiety. Relaxation techniques reduce your body’s production of adrenaline, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, stress hormones that rev up your heart in the face of danger, says Atman P. Shah, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at UCLA. A 2007, British study found that people who received an hour of reflexology treatment (a type of hand and foot massage) had rates that averaged almost 8 BPM lower than when they went without. In a 2010 study fromSweden, one 80-minute hand-and-foot massage significantly lowered men’s heart rates, cortisol levels and insulin levels-all which help lower stress. Not only can massage therapy help alleviate stress and tension, but it’s also has been shown to relieve neck and back pain, reduce heart rate and high blood pressure and improve athletic performance in men.

Men over 40 are likely frustrated that they are no longer able to lift as much weight in the gym or don’t have as much energy as they used to. Massage “oxygenates” muscle tissue, enabling it to grow fuller and stronger. And by flushing toxins and impurities from the body, massage has the potential to restore depleted energy. Treat yourself to a massage and accelerate your performance in your daily workout.

So what’s holding you back? Some guys just don’t feel comfortable being touched, especially by someone they don’t know, or they may feel embarrassed about someone rubbing their body in a private room.

If you are a little uncomfortable about receiving your first massage, you might feel more comfortable booking a Couples massage and going to your first session with your partner. At the Wimberley Day Spa, at Blair House Inn we offer couples massage, we have flexible scheduling with four professional therapist on call.

You may be pleasantly surprised by the total relaxation experienced during massage, as well as the physiological benefits received thereafter. It’s time that you set aside foolish inhibitions and recognize the benefits of massage therapy—especially for men over 40!

Gear up for the week with a massage scheduled at the Blair House Inn’s new Day Spa! Whether you’re staying the weekend to recoup or just passing by, give us a call and we’d love to schedule something for you. We offer a variety of massages and can help you pick the one best suited for your needs. We look forward to scheduling you a massage and helping you refuel for the daily grind.

Escape to Hawaii at the Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn

March 17th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

 

What’s Lomi Lomi?

Lomilomi is the Hawaiian word meaning “masseur, masseuse”, and is the word used today to describe Hawaiian massage, traditionally called lomi, meaning “to rub, press, squeeze, massage; to work in and out, as the claws of a contented cat”. Lomilomi is a holistic healing tradition beyond simple massage.

Lomi Lomi can be massage therapy or a vehicle for the release of emotions, traumas, tension, stress and blocked energy. It is used to revive the body, to move blood and lymph, release muscle spasms, and facilitate waste product removal from muscle and connective tissue. The concepts of unconditional love, grace, beauty and spirituality are inherent in Lomi Lomi.

In order to better appreciate Lomi Lomi, you must understand the Hawaiian philosophy of Huna. A fundamental assumption of Huna is that everything seeks harmony and everything seeks love. So how does this relate to massage? Perhaps this can best be understood by one of the alternate names for Lomi Lomi, and that is “Loving Hands” massage. The reason for this is that it works gently yet deeply into the muscles with continuous, flowing strokes, totally nurturing the body and, enabling the recipient to relax, give in and simply be. So whilst technique is an important part of the massage and associated healing, much of the work is done by love, with the focus of the practitioner on the client being deep and complete, using loving hands and a loving heart.

The Hawaiians look at things in terms of energy flow, following the idea that an idea or belief can block energy flow as much as muscle tension can. Lomi Lomi helps release the blockages, whilst at the same time giving the energy new direction. Thus Lomi Lomi is not just a physical experience; it also facilitates healing on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels as well. The Hawaiians view all aspects of the body as one and believe that the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are all part of the “whole” self – when healing is effected on one level, all levels are affected.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday and escape to Hawaii at the Wimberley Day Spa. Book your Lomi Lomi massage today; the placid sounds of the palm trees swaying in the wind and rocking waves are awaiting you.