A first-timer’s guide to massage

A first-timer’s guide to massage

46406233_SThough it may be hard to believe, some of our newest clients have a hard time fully relaxing and experiencing the benefits of a massage therapy session. So we’ve created a guide for first-time visitors to get the most out of their massage.

Many people don’t realize they should drink a good amount of water before a massage session. Working on your hydration will help the kidneys and organs process the toxins that are often released and flushed during the course of massage work. Preparing your body beforehand ensures you are well hydrated and ready to maximize the benefits of massage.

In terms of booking your massage, feel free to inquire with our friendly receptionist to see what type of treatment will work best for you. Communication with your therapist is always of paramount importance as well. If you have any injuries, sore spots, or preferences on pressure or technique, please share this information with your therapist. This is your time and we want to ensure you are getting the most enjoyment possible. If you have any concern whatsoever or would like the therapist to focus on any one area or adjust the pressure, just ask.

Make sure to arrive early. This will provide us with enough time to check you in as well as allow you a little time to unwind and reach a state of calm before beginning your massage.

During your massage, concentrate on total relaxation. Calm your mind and your thoughts and focus on breathing slowly and deeply. Some people will unconsciously tense or contract their muscles. Make an effort to surrender to total calm and enjoyment the moment.

Following your treatment, you may want to leave your therapist gratuity if you appreciated the service they provided. If you are unsure about the gratuity range, feel free to ask the folks working at our front desk. We look forward to your first visit! To book an appointment today, simply give us a call at 801-467-3529 or book online at Zen Massage.

Good rest is a great way to fight stress and anxiety

Good rest is a great way to fight stress and anxiety

49155530 - moonrise red rock country mountains surrounding sedona arizonaTaking time out of a busy week to book a session at Zen Massage is one of the best things you can do in terms of self-care. The benefits of regular massage include relief from anxiety, headaches, insomnia, stress, sports injury, joint pain, or soft tissue strain. A session with one of our therapists is a great way to unplug from a busy week and we encourage you to set aside some time to unwind.

In addition to massage, another great way to fight stress, anxiety, and fatigue is to ensure you are getting a proper amount of rest. With deadlines stacking up, digital overload, bills to pay, and children to care for, getting enough rest can often fall low on the priority list. In reality, getting a sufficient amount of sleep is your best offense in terms of tackling your to-do list. Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you are getting the rest you need.

  • The blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle. Though it’s tempting to scroll through your phone or catch a show before bed, turn all electronics off an hour before you zone out to improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Consistency is key, so try to get yourself to bed at the same time each evening.
  • Reserve your bedroom for sleeping, resist the urge to work, eat, or surf the web while in bed. By reserving the space in your bedroom for sleep and relaxation, you can create better sleep habits and fall asleep faster.
  • Avoid caffeine after 5 p.m. This may require checking labels, as some pain relievers, teas, and weight loss supplements contain caffeine.
  • Try exercising earlier in the day as the endorphins produced after a vigorous workout can keep you alert and awake for a few hours.
  • Schedule dinnertime earlier in the evening as eating a hearty meal late at night can mean your digestive system is still active as you attempt to catch some rest.
  • Try using dimmer light in your bedroom; lower light levels signal your brain to begin making the hormone melatonin, which helps the body drift off.

Get glowing: Pampering your skin after the massage is over

Get glowing: Pampering your skin after the massage is over

41511305_SA massage at Zen Massage relieves your body of tension. You leave the table feeling renewed and refreshed. Have you considered this key benefit though? Your skin feels pampered! Why not continue the pampering every day? You can do this by eating right and drinking enough water. Proper nutrition might even be the answer to blemishes and other skin problems. Incorporate the following items into your diet to help maintain a healthy glow.

Water, Water, Everywhere
Remaining hydrated is the single most important thing you can do to maintain healthy skin. Many of the structures within skin cells that support collagen require water to effectively function. When your body is hydrated, your skin will be plump and elastic as opposed to tight or shriveled. If possible, try to drink water steadily throughout the day as opposed to cramming a bunch of water in a sitting or two. Consistency is key when hydrating, so do what it takes to maintain a steady intake of water throughout the day.

Kale. Find a generous load of lutein, often found in high quantities in green, leafy veggies such as kale or spinach. The antioxidants in kale can also help your body absorb and neutralize the free radicals encountered during UV exposure. One serving of Kale will also provide a hearty dose of vitamins C and A, which offer great support to skin health.

Dark Chocolate. Finish off your day with a square or two of dark chocolate. The rich flavanols and antioxidants found in the cocoa of dark chocolate improve circulation. The trick with chocolate is to avoid sugar-loaded milk chocolate blends and opt for a dark bar that is concentrated with cocoa. Though it’s tempting to overindulge, remember that you can get too much of a good thing. One service is enough.

Olive Oil. A higher consumption of olive oil can help reduce the signs of aging. The monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olive oil help to moisturize skin and stimulate cell repair. The vitamins and antioxidants found in virgin olive oil are of great benefit to your skin.

Kiwi Fruit. The large amount of vitamin C in kiwi fruit promotes the production of collagen. This connective tissue protein helps keeps skin firm and elastic. Kiwi extract is often aded to skin care products that slow or reduce the appearance of aging.

 

Bliss at home

Bliss at home

42883379 - a lit candle on a table in a dining roomThe benefits of booking a luxurious and therapeutic massage at Zen Massage include relief from stress and pain, as well as well as oh-so-welcome relaxation. Once you leave our salon, we want you to continue to soak in the warm glow and relaxing sensations achieved by your visit with our therapists. We’ve compiled some tips to create a relaxing space at home and encourage you to make your space a haven from the hum and buzz of daily life.

If you feel up to a project, painting your walls a calming color is the most effective way to create a relaxing space. Soft colors found in nature will create the most soothing effect. Avoid bright or harsh colors and shiny textures. Envision soft tones of green or blue, warm grays or browns, or mid-tone shades of warmed pink or yellow.

If you’re not up to busting out the paintbrush, an easy way to transform a room is with a pleasant scent. A bowl of potpourri, scented oils or diffusers, or lightly scented candles can completely change your experience of a room. Consider scents that are known to relax, such as lavender or eucalyptus.

If you are able, choose a room in your house to completely clear the clutter. It’s even better if you can banish electronics from this room to fully immerse yourself in unplugging. By fostering an environment that is tidy and free of distractions, you can commit to creating a space where relaxation is the number one priority.

If possible, try to incorporate natural, living plants in the area where you like to relax. These will not only improve the air quality, but they bring nature a little closer to home. If you aren’t a green thumb, visit your local nursery and ask for advice on hardier species of houseplants.

We at Zen Massage truly want you to make your wellness a priority. If you seek relaxation, stress relief, or recovery from injury, strain, or a tough workout, book an appointment with us today. We look forward to seeing you!

Give love this Valentine’s Day

Give love this Valentine’s Day

29661339 - heart on beach. romantic composition.Valentine’s Day always tends to sneak up us. The holiday rush has subsided, you’ve reflected on your resolutions for the new year, and WHAM! You forgot to do something special to recognize and appreciate that special someone in your life and it’s Feb. 13…almost too late.

The good news is that Zen Massage has your back, literally. Book a discounted Couples Massage at our special Valentine’s rate. Book an appointment before Feb. 12 to receive $50 off our couples massage price. Imagine the bliss! Our luxurious Couples Massage experience includes a massage, aromatherapy, hot towels, tea and chocolate covered strawberries. Our $270 couple’s experience has been discounted to $220 to guarantee you don’t wind up spending the night in the dog house on Valentine’s Day. (Remember that your massage must be booked by Feb. 12 to receive this special offer, and it can’t be combined with other offers or coupons.)

While wonderful for couples, this Valentine’s Day special isn’t limited to lovebirds. Why not show a little love to someone important in your life? This experience can also be incredibly relaxing for you and a close friend or family member. Why not indulge in a little down time and quality conversation while you sip hot tea before a relaxing session with our qualified therapists? Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love, and we can’t think of a better way to show someone you care than a relaxing experience at Zen Massage.

A massage is the ideal way to hit the reset button and escape the daily grind. Imagine soothing scents and sounds and quality time spent with someone you love. If a Couples Massage doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, we also offer gift certificates for a great variety of our spa services and massages. This personalized and thoughtful gift will demonstrate that you truly care. You can book the appointment online or by calling 801-467-3529.

From Zen Massage, we wish you a Valentine’s Day filled with love!

Give the gift of massage

Give the gift of massage

21719747 - lavender and gift cardDo you dread your beloved great aunt’s birthday every year because you can’t find a gift that will suit her wacky personality? Stumped on how to thank the dog-sitter? Not sure how to shower your partner with love? A gift card from Zen Massage is perfect for any occasion where you’d like to celebrate someone or express heartfelt gratitude.

We believe that the bliss of total relaxation is priceless but massage benefits both your body and general wellness.

  • The majority of people don’t practice correct posture. This problem can be exacerbated by work stress, which manifests in a tightening of the muscles in the shoulders and neck. Those who sit at a desk are prone to back and neck pain as well as weakness in the lower back and gluteal muscles. Massage can combat this tendency to tense up and help counteract the negative effects of a sedentary job.
  • Relaxation and stress relief can be provided by a visit to Zen Massage. According to the International Journal of Neuroscience, massage therapy can reduce depression and anxiety. Patients report feeling happier and more relaxed following a session with a friendly, trained massage professional.
  • The rejuvenating act of receiving a massage can actually boost immunity and prevent sickness. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that patients who received regular massage had a boost in white blood cell count. White blood cells help attack the germs, bacteria, and viruses your body encounters, defending the body from illness.
  • A session with our certified therapists also will improve blood circulation around the body. This boosts the supply of nutrients to individual cells and can aid in the transport of waste, detoxifying the body. Some of the benefits of improved circulation are clearer, softer skin and detoxification. (Be sure to drink a lot of water before and after any massage treatment to help clear these toxins from the bloodstream.)

This list is by no means comprehensive. Feel free to swing by Zen Massage and book an appointment to see for yourself. You’ll then understand why the gift of massage is truly a gift of the heart.

Long day on the slopes? Treat yourself to a massage.

Long day on the slopes? Treat yourself to a massage.

46807718 - skier skiing downhill during sunny day in high mountainsWinter means skiing and snowboarding season here in Utah, but all of that fun doesn’t necessarily come without aches and pains.

As our bodies age and our joints and muscles become more brittle, a day on the slopes can take a significant toll.

Have you found yourself waking up on a Monday or Tuesday morning, dreading the fact that you have to go to work?

Maybe your back, legs, or shoulders don’t take trips to the resorts as well as they used to.

Whatever the case, stopping in for a massage is sure to get you feeling better and ready to take on your laundry list of responsibilities.

Here are three areas certain to benefit from an appointment here at Zen Massage:

Improved circulation. As our muscles tighten and expand, our circulation is affected. A thorough massage can allow blood to flow more freely, leaving you feeling more vibrant and alive.

Tight muscles. Holding ski poles all day will do a number on your triceps, biceps, and shoulders. A massage is a great way to relieve the stress, and give them room to breathe and expand.

Deep tissue. Our muscle tissue is more than skin-deep, and while a surface rub is nice, a full body massage can provide relief from pain and soreness.

Don’t go another day suffering from aches and pains caused by your activity on the slopes. Come and see our friendly, professional team today!

The Psychological Benefits of Touch

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is often thought of as a way to relax and unwind – And it is! But did you know there is a vital psychological component to massage as well? Touch is one of the most important cues human beings need to be able to form relationships, cooperate with one another and be healthier, too.

Touch is often overlooked and under-appreciated in our society. Many people are spread out and they remain in their homes more than before, communicating via smartphones and computer screens, instead of having face to face conversations and being close to one another. There is an emphasis for people to have a wide berth of personal space and not touch anyone else. But science is proving that human beings need touch more than they think. In fact, it seems to be imperative to good emotional and physical well-being.

The sad conditions of Romania’s orphanages from the 1960’s to the 1980’s is an example of how bad things can get when babies and infants are not held. During those years, contraception became restricted, abortions were outlawed and childless couples were taxed, in hopes of boosting the population, but over one hundred thousand children ended up in understaffed state run institutions because they could not be cared for. There was one nurse to over 20 infants and as a result, these infants did not get touched often. The psychological effects were astounding. They were void of expression, could not form bonds with others, and had issues so severe that many of them remain in institutions as adults.

When infants are touched often, it increases oxytocin levels in the brain and also seems to activate growth, attachment and response. When infants are not touched, the results are usually disastrous. They do not perform well cognitively, they do not form relationships and they are oftentimes disturbed. But it’s not just infants. When adults who are otherwise of sound mind and body get put into isolation, they quickly unravel and become disoriented, agitated and prone to hallucinations. We need human contact to be mentally healthy.

Where does touch come into all of this? One might think, sure we need some friends but why the emphasis on touch, specifically? Because scientific studies have parsed out touch versus socialization and discovered touch may be more important to well-being than socializing, alone.

For instance, When 20 premature infants were transferred to a normal care nursery, they were given ten minutes of touch therapy and stimulation three times a day. Compared to the other babies, they gained 47% more weight per day and scored higher on alertness and motor coordination tests. They were tested at eight months and twelve months, as well, and the benefits were still apparent. [1]

Infants aren’t the only ones who benefit from touch. When adolescent HIV patients were given massage therapy with their treatment, they reported less anxiety and depression, but also had an increased white blood cell count and immune response, compared to the ones who did not receive massage. [2] Some studies suggest the simple act of hugging other people can boost our own immune response. [3] Because of this, touch is starting to gain traction in nurseries and with the elderly, who are less sick and depressed if they receive massage. In fact, some programs pair elderly people with orphaned babies, for cuddle sessions and care, to their mutual benefit.

Human beings are social creatures. We depend on one another and need close relationships more than many of us would like to admit. Even more so, we need intrapersonal touch. Perhaps not everyone has a circle of friends, family, and lovers to fill that need. Long days at work, relocations, and digital communication seem to be pulling us all away from the tighter, tribal circles we once had. But this doesn’t have to be the way we live. Reach out and touch the people around you, visit people who may be lonely, volunteer to cradle infants, or get a massage on a regular basis. Studies show it will make you happier, healthier, and smarter.

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Chair Massage for Conventions

A welcome sight!

Conventions and Trade Shows are often places of high tension, stress, and exhaustion. Not only are they exciting and fast-paced, but also often concentrate a great deal of industry-specific information within a limited space and time span. Many conventions also take place “out of town” and by the time attendees are on-site they may still be adjusting to a different time-zone, hotel room, and local dining options. Well, these are your target audience, and your mission is to capture their attention and hold it as long as possible.

Few things will stop a conventioner dead in their tracks like the sight of an open massage chair. Even a short line won’t discourage them from daydreaming about taking a load off their feet and getting some relaxing bodywork. And of course, if they see our logo behind the chair, they’ll know you mean business. Standing in line for us means standing in front of your booth or display. And since standing in line can be a bore, a natural curiosity about your company or product will arise.

The chair is the hook and our therapists are the bait. We don’t mind because we’re in the fortunate position of helping out both your booth, and the people visiting it. If you’re setting up near a bigger, flashier competitor, go ahead and see what a couple of ZEN chairs can do to even the odds!

We Arrive Ready To Work: Give us a time, place and contact information and we’ll be there with chairs and smiles ready to do what we do best.
We Stay At Our Posts: Our therapists stay to do what they come to do. Even if traffic is slow, even if you’re not there. If we are a part of your booth and a part of the image you are projecting to prospective clients, we will not let you down.
We Help You Sell: Our therapists are friendly, open and can engage people from a non-threatening, neutral position. We can even wear your company logo.
We Keep The Chairs Rockin: We bring in relief therapists. Conventions and trade show can be grueling, with non-stop intensity and fatigue wearing on everyone as the day rolls on. We like to have a fresh set of hands at the chairs every few hours to maintain our quality of service.

Don’t underestimate the power of what our chairs can accomplish. We have seen it many times. An exhibitor spends a fortune on a glitzy display which might fascinate people, but the effect of which is diminished with repeated exposure. With our chairs, the later in the day it gets, the better they look, and the longer the lines get. How long will the average person stand in line to speak with your booth staff? We’ve had people waiting up to an hour for a 5 minute run in one of our chairs. That’s an hour spent standing in front of your booth, an hour of exposure to your marketing and media material. And by the time we’re done with them they are relaxed, smiling and flooded with endorphins. Go get em!

Our Standards of Service

Here’s what YOU get from Zen Massage

We strive to give you the best quality and value for each wellness dollar you invest in us. When we are your wellness partners we worry about only one thing, and that is the health and well-being of your employees.

Our service packages always include the following:

Licensed, Professional Therapists: While all of our therapists are licensed and certified, we also require significant experience and knowledge from everyone who wears our logo and stands behind our chairs. Friendly, knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff are the hallmark of our service and brand.

Dedicated Staff: We understand the value of a relationship. It is not reasonable to expect your employees to adjust to a different set of hands every time they get in the chair and is just as unfair to expect our therapists to have the full scope of each of your employee’s physical condition, past injury, range of motion, flexibility, and physiology if we keep changing your therapists. This is why we make every effort to develop long-term relationships between our staff and yours. To establish trust, knowledge and respect in your company for what we do and what we are there for.

Superior Equipment: We will always provide everything necessary to perform our full scope of service. This includes the best massage chairs in the world (Earthlite Avilla II), disposable face rest covers, sanitizing products, even music to listen to.

Regular Schedules: If we are scheduled, we’ll be there; on time, and ready to work. A regular schedule helps employees plan their chair-time around their day and reserve chair-time in advance to guarantee that everyone gets a chance to utilize our service.

Easy, Straightforward, Sensible Pricing: We do not sell massage in bulk. Each of our therapists works just as hard for every minute they are behind a chair. Their job does not get easier with more hours, in fact, quite the contrary. So why should they earn any less? We can not, in good conscience, place a lower value on their work just because they do more of it. In order to provide the type of service we ourselves would demand, we ask for one consistent rate for every hour of work.

In-House Clinics: While on-site chair massage is highly effective at alleviating localized muscle tension and workplace stress, it is not adequate to treat injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, or chronic structural issues which require extended bodywork on a table. Our massage clinics are available to treat what chair massage can not. The benefit of a referral is that our on-site therapist can provide our clinic with information about your employee’s condition which the employee may not have the anatomical knowledge to adequately describe. This type of referral can help our in-house clinician assemble a client history to help target our therapy more precisely and with much more positive effect.

Flexible Or Fixed-Term Agreements: Adding ZEN as part of your company wellness program couldn’t be easier. We have both short and long-term agreements available and can augment our staff to your changing needs.

We understand the importance of workplace health and the value of a low-stress environment for increased productivity and long-term job satisfaction. Every time one of our therapists enters your place of business, our reputation is on the line, and we do not leave our reputation to chance. If at any time, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the service we are providing, let us know and we’ll make it right!