Hello! I have been meaning to write a new blog post for a while, but I have been so busy! Finally, I have had a few minutes to sit and gather thoughts and wanted to share what is going on here at Nature’s Elements with you.
First of all, I am SO excited that fall is here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the colors and crispness of the air. And, yes, I am a pumpkin spice lover as well. With the changing of the seasons in nature, we have some changes around here too. After all, change is the one thing we can count on, right!
With change in mind, I want to announce that we are creating a new space here at Nature’s Elements Massage. Over the years, I have heard so many of you express a desire for some sort of “recovery room” where you could ease slowly back into your reality after a massage. Well, your desires have been heard! Very soon, we will have a space exactly like that for your enjoyment. We hope our “breathing room” will offer you exactly that… room to just breathe. Margaret and I have been steadily working on the space, picking out the right furnishings to create an environment of peace, relaxation, renewal… retreat. Our desire is for you to feel free as your schedule permits to come early for your appointment, stay after, or just take a break from your day if you need to. We intend to have refreshment available to you (filtered water or tea and light snacks) and a softly lit comfortable atmosphere filled with soothing aromatherapy and gentle sounds of nature. Grab a blanket and warm neck pillow and settle in for a few minutes of respite from the hectic world. Doesn’t that sound good?
By now, you all know that I am always open to changing and expanding our offerings here as new and different techniques come along. So, it will come as no surprise to you that I have added a couple of new massage enhancements to the menu.
I love all things associated with nature, so naturally, I want to incorporate those things into my massages in whatever ways I can. Most everyone is familiar or has at least heard of warm stones being used in massage. And last year, I added chilled marble stones as an option. Now, I have another stone option: Himalayan Salt Stones. These stones are carved out of pure Himalayan salt and are warmed for use during the massage. They can help stimulate circulation, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, improve overall sense of well-being and reduce the signs of aging. A Himalayan Salt Stone Massage integrates the philosophies of Eastern medicine, Swedish massage, thermal therapy and salt therapies. Additionally, pure Himalayan pink salt stones offer 84 naturally occurring minerals and salts that replenish the body, and are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial. If you love warm stone massage, give these Himalayan Salt Stones a try on your next visit.
In addition to looking for different ways to offer you the best massage possible, I also love techniques that help me be a better therapist and take better care of my most important massage tool: my body. So, my newest addition to the massage enhancements we offer is massage cupping. What is Massage Cupping? Well, it is NOT what many of you saw on the Olympics last year, where some of the athletes had big purple marks on their bodies. That IS cupping, but a different type. Massage Cupping is an adaptation of ancient techniques and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Soft silicone cups are used to create a negative pressure (suction) on the skin’s surface. The cups are then moved using various massage techniques while gently pulling up. In this way, bony areas such as spine and shoulder blade (which can be painful if worked on with traditional compressive massage) are accessible for work. The cups allow for deeper work in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. They can also be “parked” or left on a particular area for a short duration to aid in joint mobilization or soft tissue release. The suction can reach deeper into soft tissue and attachments without causing pain or discomfort to the client. Massage cupping helps facilitate healing by loosening the soft and connective tissue, aiding improvement in scar tissue. It increases circulation and lymph flow.
Will it leave marks? Rarely because we won’t be leaving the cups long enough to create them. You might get a little red spot, but it should quickly fade. And don’t worry, it’s not a bruise—bruises are caused by injuries. It is basically an area of increased circulation where it was needed.
Is Massage Cupping therapy safe? Yes. This technique is used safely with children adults and elderly persons. Of course, your specific situation will be assessed before massage cupping is performed to be sure. There are some situations where cupping should not be used: blood diseases like hemophilia; if you are on blood thinners; over any kind of dermatitis, open wounds, varicose veins or hernia; in cases of severe edema (swelling); any kind of severe health condition like congestive heart failure.
What situations would benefit from Massage Cupping? There are many, including anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bursitis ,cellulite, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraine and tension headaches, muscular aches, lymphatic drainage, scar tissue. It is a great way to receive a deep tissue release without the pain that deep pressure can cause.
So, if you are interested in trying something new (or a new version of something very old), ask about Massage Cupping on your next visit!
Last, look for our Thanksgiving email announcing Black Friday deals. Also this year, I am adding some special Facebook deals that are only going to be posted on the Nature’s Elements Facebook page. So, if you have not “liked” us, go do it!
Well, I think that covers it for now. When we officially get our Breathing Room open, we will post pictures. I am so excited for everything we are doing here at Nature’s Elements Massage!