Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Celebrate Friends with a Spa Party

Just picked up the latest issue of Massage Magazine, which I quite enjoy. (You see I have this magazine addiction - they are all pretty much related to my business, yoga, massage, fitness and therein lies the justification, though I do readily admit I quite often have to pick up the latest issue in crochet, dogs, or whatever else strikes my fancy!) Back to the story.....One of the many articles that peaked my interest was in regards to spa parties.

Now it just so happens I had the opportunity to be a part of a spa party this past weekend. The hostess had asked a few of her good friends over where they had quite a nice assortment of deserts to go along with the girl talk. No kids or husbands were allowed! I was asked to provide chair massage (10-15 minutes) for each of the guests. It all went very well. Everyone seemed very pleased with their massage and they all appeared to be having a good time.

As a part of my practice I do offer spa parties. These parties can be as simple as the therapist providing chair massage for guests or more elaborate offering full body massage, facials, yoga, etc. They are customized to fit you and your guests' particular needs/wants and budget. They can be themed, perfect for wedding showers or baby showers, or just something a little extra at your next book club meeting. And as for my service, we do not sell any product or push guests to "book" another party like many of the at-home parties. It's strictly a no-sell, no-stress, relaxation mini-vacation.

Obviously each party is a little different, but what they all have in common is the desire to gather with close friends and enjoy each other's company while receiving some much deserved downtime and pampering.

I would love to create a spa party especially for you and your friends. Don't live in the San Antonio area? Call your local licensed massage therapist and discuss how they might be able to offer services for your next gathering.

Happy spa party!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Massage for Boomers

Baby Boomers that is! The boomer generation covers the time period between 1946 and 1964, of which I am a member as are many of my clients. The thing that I've noticed about this generation is how they usually don't act their age, but in a good way.

In addition to being a massage therapist I've been in the fitness field teaching classes for the last 25+ years. Many of the classes I've taught are for the "senior" population. What's interesting though is that these "seniors" are living life to the fullest. They may be retired, but they are by no means sitting around the house on the couch. They are active, and want to take care of themselves in whatever way necessary in order to maintain an active, independent lifestyle.

So how can you too maintain your active lifestyle or perhaps begin to live a more active lifestyle while aging?

Exercise, smart nutrition, yoga, and massage.

Age is definitely a state of mind, however, it can also be a state of the body. I know for me personally, even though I often feel more like I'm 30, by body sometimes tells another story. Wear and tear of being active during your younger days definitely takes a toll on the body in your later years.

Massage therapy can be very beneficial. While massage cannot repair serious injuries that have already occurred such as an ACL tear or reverse the need for a knee replacement, it can greatly help hold off those injuries that could become more severe.

"Massage finds tight spots and releases them before they become injuries."

Give it a try. The money you spend for massage could be a fabulous way to save money on future medical expenses.