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7 Reasons Massage Makes The Best Valentine’s Gift!

namti-massage-sedona-spa-specials7 Reasons Why Massage Makes The Best Valentine’s Day Gift

Treat yourself and your sweetheart to a modern gift that communicates love, nurturance and health like no other: massage therapy.

1. Stress relief

Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include energy work such as reiki or polarity therapy, which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.

2. Mood boost

Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone (also called the love hormone) in the body, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine. This could be why couples massage is a popular offering on Valentine’s Day. Imagine you and your loved one lying side-by-side on adjacent massage tables, each of you receiving therapeutic touch with lightly scented oils, while soft music plays in the background. Whether dinner follows or not, you will both be in a more grounded and open state of being following your session.

3. Pain alleviation

Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.

4. Self-connection

Singletons need not deprive themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session lets you state with confidence, “I love myself.” Massage therapy allows the client to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance from the massage therapist. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”

5. Relaxation

Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that effects this response.

6. Pamper time

Massage is therapeutic, but it can also be a comforting indulgence that sweeps the client away to his or her joyful place. One such Valentine’s session might include essential oils of rose, jasmine and sandalwood blended together and applied to the client’s face with light stroking and gentle tapping. Facelift massage is a trend powered by clients who desire its youthful effects without the pain or toxins of surgery or Botox. Think champagne-rose body scrub, foot soak, chocolate-scented massage lotion and heated eye pillow for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day indulgence.

7. Heart health

Massage has been found to reduce heart rate and to have a lasting, positive effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Massage has also been shown to benefit cardiac surgery patients by reducing anxiety, pain and muscular tension, while it boosts relaxation. Expand your idea of the traditional Valentine’s Day heart from red greeting-card cartoon to the life-sustaining muscle that beats inside yourself and your loved ones, by booking or gifting an appointment for massage. Chocolates are lovely, and a romantic card is nice—but nothing says, “I truly care for you and your health” like the gift of massage therapy. Go to Google and search for “Valentine’s Massage,” and be prepared for great gratitude from the one to whom you give the gift of healing touch.

From Massage Magazine

Give The Gift Of Health

Give The Gift Of Health

sedona-spa-hot-stone-massage-therapyThis holiday season give the gift of health with a 5-pack or 10-pack of massages! Among the very many benefits, massage lowers stress, improves the immune system functions, reduces pain and muscle tension and improves sleep. NAMTI Spa offers 60, 90 or 120 minute Massages and wonderful combo’s of Massage & Facials and Massage & Foot Relief!

Why Gua Sha?

gua-sha-TCM-acupuncture-sedona-day-spa-namtiWHAT: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the word “Gua” means to scrape and “Sha” has three meanings.

1.”Sha” from a TCM point of view, refers to the blood stasis or stagnant blood and qi that blocks the meridian pathway that can affect proper flow of energy and blood.

2. From the western medicine point of view, it refers to the fluids that contain metabolic waste that has accumulated in the tissues and muscles.

3. “Sha” can also be described a series of reddish, minute hemorrhages that look like a red colored speckled rash. This is called petechia than can surface to the skin after a Gua Sha treatment.

WHY: In TCM, blood stagnation is considered to cause many diseases. The Gua Sha scraping technique can release the body of blood stagnation. By letting your body get rid of this old stagnant blood, new and healthier blood cells can be created. Once your body releases excess waste, it can then allow your new cells to efficiently absorb more nutrients.

When Gua Sha is used in a massage, it quickly releases blockages in your body that has been caused by stagnant blood. It actually mimics sweating and promotes circulation of your body fluids. By doing so, it helps to normalize cellular metabolic processes and release toxic waste from your deep cellular tissues. As your blood and qi circulation increases, it helps to oxidize your cells as well as to nourish them.

In Chinese and Western studies Gua Sha has been found to alleviate or prevent headaches & migraines, common cold, flu, fever, bronchitis, asthma, as well as any other chronic disorders that involve the congestion of blood and qi. Additionally Gua Sha been show effective for treating heat / sun stroke, insomnia and memory loss, depression, PMS, impotence, blood pressure issues, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, skin disorders, as well as joint stiffness and daily aches & pains. As an added bonus, many clients comment they look five years younger after facial Gua Sha!

How: Gua Sha is performed during a massage so each area is first massaged with oil. A chosen area of the skin is then stroked in a downward motion at a 30 degree angle, using a smooth edged tool. This tool is traditionally made from water buffalo horn or jade. At NAMTI Spa our massage therapists use jade tools, which are sanitized thoroughly after each use.

The continued scraping may create petechiae / sha / reddish spots, streaks or bruises. If these do occur it is a sign of detoxification and the sha usually fades within 2 to 4 days. With repeated Gua Sha treatments, the sha will start to fade faster which will be a good sign since it’s an indication of better blood circulation.

After a Gua Sha session it’s recommended to take it easy the rest of the day, perhaps taking an epsom salts bath and also drinking lots and lots of water, as the body’s lymphatic system & detoxifying have been activated. This will help your body eliminate toxins released during the treatment.

Gua Sha is one of the safest, easiest and most natural ways to release build up of toxins in your body and allow nutrients in for a stronger and healthier physical, emotional and energetic body! You can purchase a Gua Sha tool after your session at NAMTI and continue the benefits at home!