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When the stress and strain of everyday life gets to be too much, you need a vacation. A vacation that you don’t have to plan. One that doesn’t leave you with a lot of bills to pay. And one that leaves you feeling relaxed, refreshed and renewed, instead of like you need another vacation!
Massage is one of the more affordable mini-vacations from stress. And as with any vacation you need to be prepared, so that you get the most for your time and money.
First, realize that you are purchasing the services of a professional. And that while the therapist is the expert, you are the boss. If you have any concerns and/or physical ailments be sure to discuss them with the therapist. If you have special music that you’d like to listen to during your massage, be sure to bring you own tape or tell the therapist what you’d like to hear.
When on the table you can begin your relaxation by closing your eyes and centering on your breathing. Take several cleansing breaths in and out. Let your thoughts wander wherever they want to, not focusing on anything in particular, just drifting…
If you notice that the therapist is using too much or too little pressure let them know. If there is a part of your body that needs more work (such as back, neck, or shoulders) make sure to tell your therapist in advance so they can spend extra time on that area. If you want a particular lotion, oil or if you want a particular type of masssage. Kathi at Island Escape specializes in customizing the massage to your wants and goals.
After your massage, come back to reality slowly, savor the last few moments of deep relaxation. Then take an inventory of your body from the inside out. In your mind, go over all the areas of your body that felt stressed just a short while ago. Make a note of how they feel now, so that when you start to get stressed again, you can call up that feeling of rest and relaxation.
Throughout the week you may find that you are calmer, happier, more relaxed. You may even find yourself planning your next massage mini-vacation.
Speaking of vacation, I will be going on vacation July 30th until the 18th of August. Hope I can schedule you for your mini vacation before then.
Take care, Kathi
Island Escape Massage and Spa, Inc
1900-D Hwy 87, Navarre FL
850 936 0515
I Hope all is well and you enjoyed your holidays. I went home to DC for the Holidays and no I didn’t go to the bar that advertised “end of world specials,” I did go to a nice play and my extended family enjoyed the many sights of our Capital.
Quote of the Day:
Your feet will take you where your heart is — Old Irish Proverb
While I enjoyed all the sightseeing my feet made it known that they needed work. Most people know when their muscles hurt to go get a massage but what about those poor feet — you’re on them all the time, wearing heels they are taking a pounding — What can you do for them?
Let me share a few stretches that might help the bottom of your feet.
On the bottom of your feet you can stretch your plantar fascia by crossing one leg over the other leg, hold for minute and twist. Then grab your toes and bend toward your shin. Then stand up, leading by your head, so a slow bend towards floor to stretch hamstrings, hold, then stand up while bending your knees — how do you feel?
I like a good session of reflexology included in my body work. As a practicing reflexologist, I believe that everything begins with the feet. Areas on the foot correspond to different organs and structures in the body. For example, if you grab your big toe, you are working the pituitary reflex and affecting your endocrine system — working to help relieve stress. Maybe that’s why babies grab and suck their toes.
After all this is done, why not go enjoy a nice glass of wine and soak your feet, maybe in some soothing essential oils or bath salts.
Give us a call if we can help you feel better and increase your quality of life!
Quote of the month:
Life is about those summer days and the sand between your toes and the smiles on your face. It’s about comfy couches, rainy days, and those late night talks. It’s about top down rides and wind in your face, those are the moments you’ve never felt so alive. It’s about finding someone to hold onto, and knowing they’re not holding anything back. It’s about holding hands and pressing lips, giving it your best and having no regrets. Life isn’t only about the destination, but the journey that gets us there.
Can you believe it’s already Christmas. As some of you know, 12/12/12 is a numerologists joy as it is a singular date with perfect repetition. The next chance doesn’t occur unit 1/1/3001. Twelve’s mystical qualities are evidenced by our calendar organized into 12 units and days divided into 12 hours. So let’s make that day special — how about 12 minutes of peaceful quiet and reflect on our good health and strong personal relationships.
My 12 days of Christmas specials are:
12- Wishing all of you good health and good wealth into the New Year
13- Free chair massage (10min max)
14- Receive 5 additional minutes for free
15- Receive an additional 10 minutes on me
16- Do something you enjoy just for you, I give you permission(ha ha)
17- Receive 5 additional minutes for free
18- Receive 10 additional minutes for free
19- 50% off Retail
20- Gift certificate special, $5 off
21- Buy one Gift certificate, get the second one half off, 2 for $100
22- Stay safe this day and throughout the new year
23- Gift certificate special, $15 off
24- Stop by at A Special Place(Unit E) and receive $20 off gift certificate
HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, SEE YOU AFTER JAN 3
I will be gone for the Holidays from Dec. 20 til Jan. 3.
A Special Place (Unit E next to me) will be selling gift certificates for me.
Michelle’s hours are between 10am and 5:30pm Monday-Saturday, Sunday 9-2.
Island Escape Massage and Spa, Inc
1900-D Hwy 87, Navarre FL
850 936 0515
There are many simple and quick activities you can do to relax and feel good. I know your inner self is saying, “I don’t have the time, I don’t deserve to take the time, or I can’t afford anything.” I will suggest some simple things to do that don’t require anything but your time and your DESERVE this. I love a scene in the Eat, Pray, Love movie where Julia Roberts is talking with a man in the barber shop. He say’s Americans need alcohol,or a sign that says you deserve a break today, but Italians say, I know that why they enjoy their food and take 2 hour lunches. There is much research about the tolls stress takes on your body so come on– TAKE A BREAK JUST FOR YOU
First, take a walk. A simple, quick enjoyable walk even though it might be hot outside, can lift your spirits. If nothing else when you come back in your air-conditioning will feel ohhh so goood. Exercise keeps your body in shape but it also keeps you feeling good. Monday is the start of the work week. Plan in your busy schedule time to exercise. This will set the tone for the week and you will feel great. If you don’t think you have the energy, try for 5 minutes, if your endorphins haven’t kicked in and you feel energized, stop and try later. Find an exercise that makes you feel good. For me, it is Kalundula Yoga. After that session, I feel so good and connected it makes me want to work out more. They have different exercises to work different chakras. I did one for creativity and I have been avoiding writing but after this session without thinking about it, ideas came to me.
Spend some time with fun friends. Make a promise that you won’t complain about anything, you will just talk about the positives in your life and the things you are enjoying now. Show off a little, why did appreciating your strengths become a negative or undesired trait? And try really hard to talk about the good things your spouse is doing. Positive thinking really works.
Think of something funny, or tell a joke. Laughter can cause all kinds of beneficial reactions in your body.
Fido, or your loving pet, is there for more than you to walk and feed. Giving them some loving can be good for all. Don’t make this about have to but about want to. You will be surprised at the results.
Like many we have become addicted to 24 hour news, staying in constant contact. My suggestion, turn off the news, why do you need to know what’s going on every second on every day. I enjoy going to restaurants but it seems like most have TV on and most area on the news stations. Can we say, turn if off and let us have some quiet for awhile. And if you are enjoying a moment don’t answer your phone you know we still have a lovely service called voice mail.
Now, close your eyes, imagine you at your favorite place, take a deep breath in hold for 5 seconds and exhale for five seconds. Continue for as many minutes as you can.
We all need time to meditate, to take time to be one with the universe or with our God.
At Island Escape one of the most common statements client make is ” I don’t know why I didn’t take the time for me.” I have come to appreciate a relaxing, Swedish massage which I try about monthly. I just came back from a trip where I had a lavender dry brush scrub with massage. For a person who gets lots of massage, I can say it felt like one of the best massages I have ever had. I will be going to Albuquerque to get some fresh lavender so I can start offering this service at Island Escape located in Navarre.