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10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Massage

March 9th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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The Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn offers a variety of massage services at our newly remodeled spa located on our beautiful Hill Country property. Listed below are some tips on how the most out of your massage.

Ten Tips to Get the Most from Your Massage

1. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.

2. Don’t eat just before a massage session. Let your body digest your meal first.

3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.

4. Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.

5. Communicate with your massage therapist.

• Before the session, give accurate health information and let the massage therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.

• Allergies to Oils, Lotions, and Creams – The therapist may use oil, lotion or creams to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or creams, tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.

• During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.

• Give feedback to the massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.

• Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to help you feel at ease.

6. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.

7. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique they use and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.

8. Drink extra water after your massage.

9. Don’t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the massage session.

10. Be prepared to schedule several massage sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond.

Our new day spa, situated just outside of downtown Wimberley, provides a comfortable and relaxing setting in which we offer massages and facial for you to enjoy. We now have the facilities to accommodate couples massages which are perfect for rejuvenating the bond between you and your loved one or a girl’s spa day. Spa services are by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling Blair House Inn.

Wimberley Day Spa: Stay Healthy and Fit with Our New Organic Massage Oils!

March 6th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

Essential Massage Oils

Massage therapy, coupled with the use of oils, is used to increase circulation, soften tense muscles and facilitate the removal of toxins from the body. Here at the Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn we use a combination of organic and environmentally friendly products by Mountain Rose Herbs. Our experienced therapists use the best available products to ensure that you have a relaxing and nourishing massage.

How does oil massage keep you fit and healthy?

Oil massage is beneficial for your body. Some of the benefits of oil massage are given below.

  • Increases circulation and provides body tissues with more oxygen.
  • Relaxes muscles and helps ease stress and tension.
  • Eases stiffness in joints.
  • Tones the body keeping it supple and young.
  • Helps flush out wastes from the body.
  • Stimulates and tones the skin.
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Makes you feel good!

The oil massage is a great way to start each day. Start with the head and work your way down, using upward strokes at the back of the body and downward strokes at the front. Circular motions should be clockwise. This is said to release tension. For the best results use natural oils, which can be purchased at the Wimberley Day Spa. Try these techniques at home or a schedule your appointment with one of our professional therapists.

Our Day Spa, located just minutes from the Wimberley Square, offers a variety of massage oils that can be used to aid stiff muscles, tension or help to reconnect you and your loved one.

Shake off the winter blues and celebrate the coming of spring by calling and scheduling a rejuvenating massage at Wimberley Day Spa at Blair House Inn today, don’t forget to pick up your Mountain Rose Herb organic massage oils before you leave.

We welcome the Wimberley community to schedule massages at our new Day Spa by calling and setting an appointment with one of the staff.

The Benefits of Massage

January 16th, 2012 by Lois Mahoney

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What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Our spa is open to the public for appointments.  You can be sure to relax and enjoy your Texas Hill Country Get-a-way with our extrodinary therepist.  Arrive home rejuvinated mind, body, and spirit!