Author - Marsha Copeland
Category - General
Posted - 10/11/2013 03:05pm
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Why Bring the Spa to Me?

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If you have not had the experience of hiring a professional mobile spa business, you are missing out. Let's envision it is your best friend's 40th birthday. What are we going to do to make this really special? You and your friends have rented a vacation rental by owner and it is fabulous with the view, pool, luxury kitchen and plush beds. You have checked on line and found Spa Sonoma At Your Door. This sounds great. They bring the tables, warm sheets and covers, the massage oils, hot towels, soothing music and strong hands. Everything is set up at the VRBO in the ideal spots. And you don't drive anywhere before or after. You just roll off the table into your comfy robes or swim suit for a sit by the pool with your favorite book. Trust me you will wonder why it took you so long. And an idea formulates that your anniversary is coming up soon. Time to do this again! 


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Author - Marsha Copeland
Category - General
Posted - 08/15/2013 03:29pm
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IDEAS FOR RELAXATION

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Find a quiet place where you can sit for at least 10 minutes without interruption. Close your eyes. Focus on your in breath and out breath. Notice your upper body and any places where you feel tension. Allow those places to soften as you breathe easily. You will notice thoughts that may be telling you to get up and DO SOMETHING ELSE. Just notice those thoughts and bring your attention back to your breath. Stay with this for the 10 minutes or as close as possible the first few times you do it. Slowly open your eyes. Notice how your upper body feels different than when you began.


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Author - Marsha Copeland
Category - General
Posted - 08/01/2013 04:39pm
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Why does massage feel so good?

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Why Do I Feel So Good After a Massage?
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By Mary Kathleen Rose

Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Spring/Summer 2006. Copyright 2006. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.

Q. I'm a relative newcomer to massage and I've been trying to describe the experience to my friends. Why do I feel so good after a massage?

A. As a massage therapist, author, and consumer of bodywork, Mary Kathleen Rose of Longmont, Colo., took this question to heart.

"I walk into the session thinking, 'I'm really too busy to take this time. I've got to make those phone calls, schedule the next meeting, write that article, do the laundry, clean my house, and run a few errands. Oh, but my shoulders do hurt, my back aches, and I didn't get enough sleep last night!' An hour later, walking in slow motion, I come out of the massage therapist's office. I notice the smell of fresh air and the warmth of sunshine on my face. 'Maybe I'll just go for a little walk. I'll get back to work soon enough,' I say.

"Massage provides me an opportunity to take a break from the stresses of life and relax in the caring hands of a competent therapist. With just the right amount of pressure and skillful manipulation, patterns of tension are released in overworked muscles, fascia is loosened in areas of strain, and lymph is encouraged in its circulation. These effects on the tissues give rise to sensations of pleasure, creating a new experience in my body. I can only begin to imagine the complex of effects on the neurochemical system of the body, as touch receptors carry messages to the brain for interpretation, influencing brain wave patterns and a myriad of hormonal responses.

"While the physiology may be complex, the value of the human interaction is simple. Someone just treated me with respect and care, listened to me without judging me, and touched me with the authority born of her training and experience. It's no wonder we feel so good after a massage."


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