Soulstice Spa Blog
Your Five Daily Healthy Habits December 07 2013
Because of our modern, hectic schedules and family demands, it can be a challenge to make it in for regular massage therapy. The busier we are, though, the more important massage is for the mind, body and spirit. Our membership program is designed to make massage a wonderful habit - something you can commit to on a monthly basis - the benefits of which you will enjoy all month long.
There are a few things you can do to enhance and prolong the positive effects of your massage...
1/ Drink plenty of water before, after and on a daily basis. The more hydrated your muscles are, the better your body can respond to bugs and germs, recover from fatigue and injury and stay toned and healthy.
2/ Get plenty of vitamins and nutrients through food sources as often as possible, particularly B vitamins and potassium. B vitamins are particularly supportive to the adrenal system... the system that reacts to daily and sudden stressors. Excellent sources include avocado, pomegranate, dates, watermelon, and some berries are especially high in B-complex vitamins. Leafy greens and vegetables such as amaranth, bok choy, Swiss chard, kale, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, squashes and parsnips also contain significant amounts. Most legumes have a lot of B vitamins; however, soy beans, black-eye peas and edamame contain the highest amounts of B9, also known as folate. Potassium is vitally important in tissue repair and recovery. Great sources include avocados, leafy greens, bananas, apricots, dates, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, beets, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy and soy foods, peas, beans, turkey, beef, salmon and cod.
3. Stretch! Don't wait until your next massage to be stretched out. If time allows, try to attend a stretching or yoga class, practice in your home with DVDs, or develop your own easy routine. Even ten minutes of stretching per day will yield terrific results. Most people will be best served by stretching the neck, shoulders, back, hamstrings and hips; those areas are typically the most impacted by too much sitting, computing, and driving.
4. Practice relaxation techniques each day. Again, even ten minutes a day is beneficial! Do whatever you can and whatever works for you... a warm bath, soothing aromatherapy, meditation, a walk in fresh air, or even several deep breaths with your eyes closed.
5. Practice self-massage techniques or trade massage with a loved one. Touch is good for you! If you receive massage therapy on a regular basis you're already a believer in the healing power of touch... But everyday touch is wonderful for your well being as well. Caring touch can be shared with the one you love, hugging a friend, holding a child or petting an animal. Touch is soothing, nurturing and relaxing for both the giver and the receiver.
Practicing the healthy diet and lifestyle tips above will ensure your body, mind and spirit stay strong between your visits to your massage therapist.
Staying Soothed and Sane this Holiday Season! November 09 2013
The holidays are a time of celebration, joyful reunions and shared meals and laughter... However they can also be a time of traffic jams, long lines and high expectations. For many, the weeks leading up to the new year can be the most stressful of the year. Stress leads to muscular tightness, lowered immune system, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Rushing around, tense and anxious, are not what the holidays are meant to be about... so make a pact with yourself that you will float through this holiday season feeling calm, peaceful and detached from the stress that so many in our society get caught up in.
Here are some of our best tips to help you stay physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy!
1/ Unplug. Choose to turn off the television, talk radio and popular magazines that bombard you with the non-stop marketing of gift-giving.
2/ Choose experiences over "things." If you do participate in gift-giving, make a conscious effort to give meaningfully, not out of a sense of guilt or pressure from society. Shared meals, experiences, outings... these things often mean much more than widgets.
3/ Pre-plan "you time." This one is important! The holidays are a time when many are running around like mad; it's very easy to let your health and self-care go by the wayside. Now more than ever, it's important you take care of yourself, so schedule time for healthy activities like exercise, yoga, massages, and walks in fresh air. Yes, that's right! Pick up your planner right now and schedule in "you time" each week from now until the clock strikes 2014.
4/ Get your shopping done early. Avoid malls and corporate America. Shop local and buy from small businesses. Waiting till the last minute and "door-busting" big business isn't good for your sanity or your community. By shopping local, you help keep money in your community, create jobs and get to know the people who are making your goods and providing your services. You'll feel great knowing you're supporting people you actually know, and chances are you'll be much more appreciated as a customer than you will at the mall.
5/ Get a massage or two! I know, I know... I can hear what you're saying: "I don't have TIME for a massage!" But it is precisely because you're busy that you most need a massage. Massage relieves stress, reduces anxiety and makes you feel like everything in life is that much more manageable. By renewing your mind, body and spirit, you'll stay strong and healthy and better able to enjoy the true spirit of the holidays.
From now through December 24, 2013, we're offering a special Give One Get One Massage Special to help make massage convenient and affordable for you, and a thoughtful and meaningful gift for a loved one or colleague. For $99, you receive a 50-Minute Massage for yourself plus a 50-Minute Massage Gift Card to gift to someone special. To take advantage of this special package, please stop by the spa or phone us at 707-843-3539.
Cheers to a beautiful holiday season!!
Choices, choices... October 07 2013
When it comes to massage therapy and bodywork, there are a range of styles (or "modalities," as we in the massage field like to call them) to choose from. You have probably heard of deep tissue and Swedish massage... but might be less familiar with modalities like trigger point therapy or myofascial release.
Each of our talented massage therapists at Soulstice Spa brings a unique combination of skills, touch and training, and we encourage our guests to experience as many different styles of bodywork as possible as each has its own benefits. Not all therapists practice all the modalities we offer - for example, some therapists practice prenatal massage and others do not - but as a group we offer an amazing array of styles and massages.
Here are some of the modalities we offer at Soulstice:
Eastern Modalities such as Thai and Shiatsu
Reiki and energy work
Instead of attempting to put all these massage styles on a menu, we opt to keep things simple and utilize a *pricing system that is consistent and easy to follow. In other words, we don't charge more or less for deep tissue, for example --- we want each therapist to have the freedom to customize their massage for whatever will best serve the client.
(*The only massages that are priced differently are Hot Stone and Aromatherapy massages)
We encourage you to try different styles and practitioners... if you're stumped on which one to pick, let us know the answer to the following question: How do you want to feel during and after your massage?? Relaxed? Energized? Nurtured? Specific pain point addressed? Emotionally balanced? By giving us a description about how you'd like to feel, we're happy to recommend a modality that would best suit your goals. Try something new during your next massage... give it a try!
October Massage Specials at Soulstice Spa! October 03 2013
Choose one of the following massages:
1/ Lavender Harvest Massage: A blissful and restorative Swedish massage incorporating lavender aromatherapy
2/ Asian Fusion Massage: A custom massage incorporating Eastern techniques such as Thai, Shiatsu, Reiki and more
3/ Warming Ginger Massage: Ease, warm and soothe tired muscles with a relaxing massage incorporating warming ginger aromatherapy
If you've never received an 80-Minute Massage, this is a great opportunity to experience an extended session and more detailed work. Please call 707-843-3539 to book!