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Comfortable and Healthy Pregnancy through Pre-Natal Massage

May 1st, 2014 • Posted by Absolute Nirvana • Permalink

Few times in a woman's life are more anxiety invoking than the nine months preceding the birth of her baby. The mental and emotional stress of preparing for that precious new arrival coupled with the physical toll that pregnancy takes on the body can feel overwhelming and can even lead to bigger and more difficult problems if not kept under control. Fortunately, there is an effective solution that is safe and completely natural.


Prenatal massage is an ideal answer to the tensions of pregnancy , which can affect both mind and body. Many of the common physical complaints of pregnancy, such as swelling and nerve pain, are easily relieved by the hands of a massage therapist who has been trained in the area of pregnancy massage. Reduction in back pain through the use of massage can promote better sleep, less anxiety, and improved overall wellness for pregnant women. According to The American Pregnancy Association, recent studies show that hormone levels can even be significantly altered when prenatal massage is employed as a tool for stress relief during pregnancy. While decreasing the stress hormones, it can even increase levels of dopamine and serotonin. And, the list doesn't stop there. Massage during pregnancy can also relieve other common problems such as poor circulation. Clearly, the physical benefits of massage are plenty in the realm of pregnancy wellness.


Aside from all the evidence that this type of massage is a positive addition to the medical regimen of pregnant women, consider the mental benefits of a little extra relaxation at the spa during this exciting and eventful time. Between preparing a nursery and checking off the multitude of other baby-related tasks on her to-do list, any mommy-to-be could surely use the serenity afforded by a soothing massage. The coming months will be filled with all the joys and stresses that brand new parenthood has to offer. That includes the sleepless nights, constant feedings, and seemingly endless diaper changes that a newborn brings. So, for expectant mommies looking for some relief from the apprehension and the backache, the answer is as simple and safe as a luxurious day at your favorite spa.


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All About Swedish Massage

April 18th, 2014 • Posted by Absolute Nirvana • Permalink

The roots of massage date back to ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, massages were offered at "bathhouses." From there, the techniques were developed in several different countries.

The name is actually quite deceiving. The Swedish massage didn't originate in Sweden. In fact, if you travel to Sweden, you won't find this treatment at any spa. In Sweden, this kind of massage is called a classic massage. Only Americans refer to it as a Swedish massage.

There was a Swede, Peter Henry Ling, who developed massage techniques for use in gymnastics, back in the late 1700s but few people acknowledge him as the founding father. Most textbooks credit Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger with its creation. Old texts show Mezger coined the French words for the basic strokes used in massage back in the late 1800s.

Today, countless studies have shown the benefits of massage. The techniques are shown to improve certain painful medical conditions like fibromyalgia. Studies show massage has an important place in sports medicine, keeping athletes in tip-top shape. Other studies have shown positive effects in cancer patients, boosting energy levels and lessening fatigue.

While the benefits of massage are still being uncovered, many people use massage therapy as a way to relieve stress. Therapists use a combination of five techniques to lull your body into a comfortable state. These techniques include: stroking, kneading, tapping, rubbing and vibration.

If you're interested in learning more about how a Swedish massage can improve your quality of life, please contact us. We are happy to help you in any way that we can.


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Mood Enhancing Plants

April 2nd, 2014 • Posted by Absolute Nirvana • Permalink

A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that plants have the ability to boost your mood, lower stress and reduce fatigue. Adding a potted plant to your home or office is an uplifting decoration change. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries. We've got a list of easy-to-care-for plants that even you couldn't kill.

African Violet

These fuzzy plants love humidity, so put them in your bathroom or kitchen. Their cute purple flowers are bright and cheery. If the blooms stop coming, add a drop of fertilizer and they'll come back with little effort.

Ferns

These plants are easy to care for. They're happy just about anywhere, including your office, but they need medium light. The Boston fern is a good variety that's great for those with a brown thumb.

Ivy plants

If you're looking for a plant that can sprawl across your windowsill or shelf, an ivy plant will do the trick. They don't flower, but they have shiny green leaves that are pleasing to look at.

Palms

This is probably the most popular houseplant. They'll get pretty tall; so make sure you have some room in a well-lit room. Just water weekly and the palm will stick around for years.

While plants can help prevent long-term stress, if you're in need of immediate relief, stop by our office for a massage. An hour long massage will reset your stress level in no time.


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