Warm up with Hot Stone Massage

Finally we see some cooler temperatures here in SoCal! If the rain and chill are getting to you, perhaps you’d enjoy Hot Stone Massage with my colleague Clare Greene. She is offering a special to our clients. Take it away, Clare:

A quiet and peaceful location, with a gentle waft of aromatherapy in the air, spa music in the background, I greet you as you walk in the door.

The temperature in the treatment room is soothing as I begin the session. The stones have been warmed in a specially-designed heater to a pleasing temperature. As your session begins, I strategically place the warm stones on your body and over the sheet or blanket, to insure safety and comfort.

As I begin the actual massage with warm aromatherapy lotion, you feel the sensation of smooth heated stones gliding over your body’s weary muscles.  The heat stored in the stones relaxes the tissues naturally, allowing me to work the muscles deeply.  The session lasts about 70 minutes. $95

Traditionally used by Egyptians and American Indians, stones have a long history of therapeutic healing.  Hot Stones are a form of thermal and magnetic therapy. Recently this technique has come full circle and I am proud to reintroduce its benefits to you now.

Most people find this service to be one of the most nurturing and profoundly relaxing treatments.  Call me directly to schedule your session 949-466-9748. You can learn more about me at my website.

Hot stone massage may not be for you if you are pregnant or have sunburn. If menopausal, hot stone massage could trigger a hot flash.  People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or are on medication that thins the blood should not have hot stone massage.

If you do not fall into one of these circumstances you might find this treatment the magic you are looking for this cold winter.

Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy

At the end of the week I’ll be heading to Scottsdale, AZ to attend the second part of a training for a massage technique called Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. A rather long name, I know. It’s a great modality where I use my clean, smooth feet to deliver a great massage to the back of the body. It’s perfect for those who like deeper pressure (and aren’t put off by feet!). Here’s a link if you’re intrigued. http://deepfeet.com/

I learned the first part of the modality in June ’09. The first part involves what are called seated strokes and one-footed strokes. Some of the strokes are delivered to the back while the therapist is seated on a high stool. The one-footed strokes are performed standing on the table with one foot anchored on the table and the other foot surfing around on the back, hips and glutes, and back of legs. What I’ll be learning next are the two-footed strokes. There are lovely, deep strokes up and down the spine as well as up and down the back of the legs. It almost looks like the person is getting rolled out like pizza dough (happy pizza dough). I’m excited to not only have the chance to learn more of the Ashiatsu technique, but also to have a few days off from mom-duty.

I decided to start the conversation with my son early. “Mommy’s going to be gone next week for a few days,” I offered during a cuddle time.  “Yes!” he replied, raising his hand in the air enthusiastically. “Now Daddy and I can implement our secret plan!” Oh, gee, I’m so sorry you’ll miss me. Seeing as how he gets at least 50% of his trouble-maker tendencies from me, I asked “What’s your secret plan?” “I can’t tell you, Mommy!” rolling his eyes. “It’s a secret.”

A couple days later my son asked if we could go to In ‘N Out Burgers instead of eating the fantastic meal I was preparing. “No, but I bet when I’m gone, Daddy will take you there.”  “Yes!” was his reply, cunning in his eyes as he began to realize what amazing potential there could be in Mommy leaving town. Will I miss him/them? Sure, but I will enjoy a few days off from making lunches, nagging him to get up, get dressed, brush his teeth, get in the car….need I go on? Parents are always working. We only get paid for some of it.