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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!

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.

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.