Therapeutic Massage

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Have you ever wondered why a massage therapist suggest water after your session?

According to Michele Naumann Carlstrom, licensed massage therapist mentioned on Dr. Oz website, Massages are dehydrating. Kneading and working muscle gets fluid pumping out of the soft tissue and into your circulatory system, where it heads toward your kidneys. That’s why many people have to pee right after a massage.  You have to replenish all that lost water – by drinking more.

Then there’s the issue of metabolic waste, which is produced by muscles in the course of everyday function. When your muscles are tight or you’ve got a major knot, it constricts circulation in those areas, inhibiting the body’s ability to flush out this waste. And, since tight muscles are probably what prompted you to make a massage appointment in the first place, chances are you’ve got some compromised circulation happening. Massage relaxes the tension, releasing the circulatory pathways and allowing nitrogenous metabolic waste to dump into the system. Drinking provides your kidneys with the water they need to effectively eliminate the newly liberated waste. So, once again, it comes back to pee.

Below is a link to core performance that includes more information on hydration basics.  So next time your therapist asks if you’d like some water following your session, you’ll understand why it is so important to rehydrate.

Shaunna LeMasters is our newest Licensed Massage Therapist with Island Escape.  She graduated Massage School in 2012, and became licensed with the State of Florida shortly after.  License #MA70958, she is a member of the FSMTA and with AMTA.  She and her husband recently relocated to the Navarre area, and since then Shaunna has left her 7 year career as a drugstore manager to focus on massage full time.

“Because of my work history, I have experienced the aches and pains most of my clients experience every day.  I understand how the daily demand can keep us from taking care of our bodies.  This is why I began massage.  I enjoy taking care of others.  And I believe that massage not only benefits the body, it also encourages mental relaxation.”

Shaunna offers an integrated massage customized for each client, that can involve hot stones and aromatherapy.  She specializes in deep tissue massage for chronic tension and posture imbalance, and promotes Swedish massage for rest and relaxation.  ”I am building my knowledge of the human body every day I work, so I welcome open communication during the massage.”

You’re invited to enjoy a moment of peace, while Shaunna provides you a professional service in a caring atmosphere.  Call Island Escape today and schedule your appointment.  850-936-0515.


I came across an interesting article today that informed me of another reason why I need to start exercising again.  I have attached the link to Dr. Mercola if you are interested in reading the entire article.  Most of us know the health reasons of strengthening your muscles, improving your lung capacity, and releasing those feel good endorphins.  What I didn’t know is that exercise affects the skin and how interval training is the most beneficial for the skin.  Not only does exercise tone your skin, it also tones your muscles.  I also was surprised to see  that excessive cardio training has a negative effect on the skin.

Saturday, April 5, 2014, is Sand Dollar Saturday at the Plaza.


Rain or Shine!


We invite guests to visit Island Escape, and sample our services.

Come meet our newest massage therapist, Shaunna LeMasters. She will be providing FREE 10 minute massages throughout the day, on a first come first serve basis.

Owner, Kathi Welshans, will be onsite offering a sampling of our spa services and providing FREE waxing demonstrations.

We will have light refreshments from 10-2pm, while you relax and enjoy the services we have to offer.

You can reach us at 850-936-0515.  See you there!

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