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Massages for ING Marathon

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West Hartford Massage Spot will be helping out at the American Liver Foundation charity tent this year. We are happy to provide their runners with post event massages.

Being a half marathon participant in the past I know how much the runners appreciate the massage and how great massage feels after such a strenuous event.

We also have a great special going on right now for any of you participating in the half/full marathon. Book a massage the week before and week after the big day and we will give you $20 OFF each massage.

Call us at 860-558-2083 to schedule your massage appointments.


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Deep Tissue Massages Remove Tension from Deep Muscle Tissues

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Author: M Yusuf

Deep tissue massage is so  effective because using slower strokes and more direct deep pressure that stimulates deep into muscles. But if you are comfortable with a stronger, more focused massage as well as the soreness that may accompany it, and then a deep tissue massage may be for you. Contact your nearest spa to find a professional who is experienced in deep tissue massage.

The benefits of deep tissue massages are varied but all important. For starters, they help to break up and to eliminate scar tissue. They also relieve chronic muscle tension.

When muscles are stressed, they block nutrients and oxygen from getting to the proper destination. This leads to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissues. Deep tissue massage helps to loosen muscle tissues which releases toxins from the muscle tissues. By loosening the muscle tissues and removing toxins, deep tissue massages allow blood and oxygen to circulate correctly. Because many toxins are released in a deep tissue massage, it is very important to consume a lot of water after a deep tissue session. The water helps to eliminate the released toxins from the body.

While deep tissue massage may cause some soreness for a few days after the session, if the massage is done correctly, you should feel better than ever a day or two after the massage session. In many cases, a deep tissue massage has replaced the classic Swedish massage in terms of frequency of use. Whereas visitors to any spa around the country may have traditionally sought out a massage that simply relaxed, now they are seeking a massage that also stimulates, conditions, and heals. This is because the deep tissue massages are so good at removing so much tension from deep muscle tissues.

I thought you might be interested in this article: Deep Muscle Massages and Sports Massage Therapist.

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Oh, my Aching Back – (Need for Mobility, Flexibility & Strength)

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It is said that 70 – 80 % of Americans have experienced some type of back pain in their life. Why is that? Could it be we are spending the bulk of our day sitting at computer desks, in our cars for long commutes, and carrying around extra weight? Even for those who exercise back pain can be a problem and limit them in their workouts.

I believe when people do exercise they are forgetting extremely valuable components of the health & wellness puzzle – maintaining mobility and flexibility. What good is it if we can bench 200 pounds if we can’t squat down to pick up something or if we can’t reach up to get something off a top shelf without feeling pain?

Find out how you can incorporate simple but effective mobility exercises and stretches to increase overall mobility, flexibility and strength. Contact Wanda for your personalized session to address your wellness needs. I incorporate massage and overall conditioning to get you out of pain and back to doing the things you enjoy.

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Hear what Dr. Sinatra, cardiologist, has to say about the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage

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Thai yoga massage combines massage techniques, stretching, energy work all into one therapeutic session. It opens up the energy channels and gets things flowing! Most of us sit too much, eat too much, exercise too little, rest too little, relax and unwind almost never(people have forgotten how to truly relax). Thai yoga is a great place to start to bring balance back into our lives. Most people have no awareness of where tension is being held in their body and Thai yoga is great for bringing awareness to the client. Most clients just know that my neck hurts, my back hurts and want relief and that is totally understandable. But what many people don’t understand, at least initially, is that a rotated foot, or offset sacrum, scar tissue from a very old surgery could be the source of their pain in their neck, or contributing to their headaches, “TMJ” issues, etc. This kind of says it all for me – the back bone is connected to the hip bone and the hip bone is connected to the leg bone and the leg bone is connected to that ankle bone and on and on it goes. It’s all connected; and this includes the well being of our hearts and minds as well.

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The Benefits of Acupuncture Cupping Therapy

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Cupping has been a part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years and is practiced today by many acupuncturists and herbalists. It is often used as an alternative to acupuncture and can be applied to most of the same acupuncture points and meridians although some points may be too small for cupping. It is used in China today primarily to treat respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis but is also used for arthritis, low back pain, depression, gastrointestinal problems and many types of pain in large soft tissue areas.

Sometimes cupping is used after acupuncture to further stimulate the flow of blood and qi to the area. The general idea is to create a partial vacuum inside a cup, which is then placed on the skin. The suction on the surface of the skin from the cup stimulates blood flow in the area, relieves congestion and inflammation in the muscles and opens up pathways to eliminate toxins. In ancient Chinese practice, the cups were made of bamboo, animal horns or pottery. Today the cups are most often made of thick glass so that the acupuncturist can see the skin under the cup.

The most common way of creating a vacuum inside the cup is to burn something inside the cup, often a cotton ball soaked in alcohol or a candle. The burning consumes the oxygen inside the cup, which lowers the density of the air inside thereby creating a partial vacuum. The cup is then quickly turned upside down and the open end is placed on the skin. The partial vacuum holds the cup in place but, if necessary, oil can be placed on the skin before hand so that the cup can be moved around.

This method is called gliding cupping and can be used to cover a fairly large area of skin. However, more often many cups are used at once to cover a large area such as the back or abdomen. Cups are usually applied to acupuncture points but can also be used on specific areas of pain. In a normal cupping session, the cups are left in place for 10 to 15 minutes.

Burning something inside the cup, referred to as dry or fire cupping is only one way of creating the suction. A more modern technique is to use a vacuum pump or flexible suction cup attached to the glass cup to draw out the air after the cup has been placed on the skin. This method is called air cupping.

In some cases, the skin is pricked with a needle before the cup is applied. This is called wet cupping and is believed to help remove toxins from the body. Usually only a few drops of blood are drawn out by the pressure during wet cupping.

Cupping is considered to be fairly safe but should not be used on rashes or on people who bleed easily or have a high fever. There is no sensation of pain from cupping although you will definitely feel the pulling on your skin. Occasionally a minor skin bruise can be seen after cupping but it usually clears up after a few days. As an alternative to using acupuncture needles, cupping avoids the pain and puncturing of the skin and does not demand an experienced practitioner. There is no danger of needle injury or infection.

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Acupuncture

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Massage Therapy, Christmas & Peppermint Essential Oil

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The smell of peppermint reminds me of candy canes and Christmas holiday. But now it brings to mind words like energy, focus, and uplifting to name of few. Why? Because about two years ago I started working more with essential oils. As a massage therapist it is something I started hearing alot about. I was also dealing with some of my own health issues after having a baby and undergoing emergency C-section. It brought with it nerve and tissue damage and with those things came a whole slew of other problems. So I was looking into many different holistic and natural remedies to help speed along my healing process. And I found Peppermint Oil and just love it. It can help with stress, depression, digestion, circulation, headaches, nasal and sinus congestion, and the list goes on and on. I personally use peppermint oil and use with my massage clients to help increase circulation in tight, tense muscles, to ease headaches, and to increase energy and focus especially in the afternoon slump hours. But that is only a few of the many, many uses of this great oil.

Always buy high quality organic peppermint oil. And you will need to dilute the peppermint oil with some type of carrier oil such as jojoba, sunflower, olive, etc. You only need a couple of drops and after diluted you can rub onto temples, pulse points, abdomen or any tight or tense muscles.

Got questions regarding peppermint oil feel free to reply to post or e-mail me at

In Health & Happiness, Wanda Cox

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