Relax with Zen Massage This Fall

Do your joints hurt when a storm is coming?

You can thank changes in barometric pressure for that. Though our joints aren’t the only part of our bodies affected by the weather. Changes in weather cause physiological changes in our bodies. This is one of the several reasons why you should consider getting a massage @ZenMassage this fall.

Support Your Immune System

Feeling a bit under the weather? Many of us experience a weakened immune system when the seasons turn from summer to fall. This is because the drop in temperature makes our bodies rebalance faster than usual. Massage supports a healthy immune system, which helps protect us from seasonal illnesses. According to a study, massage therapy increases the number of killer cells that your body naturally produces and uses as its first line of defense against sickness. It does this by stimulating your lymph nodes to remove harmful bacteria, toxins, and waste. Massage may even help get you over a cold.

Promote Healing

Summer fun can take its toll on your body. Hiking, running and swimming all give you the exercise you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even going on vacation with the family can be exercise. Although too much exercise can cause dehydration over time. After all the activities you participated in during the summer, it’s important to allow your body to recover. Massage helps this healing process along.

Feel More Energetic

Cold temperatures and short days come with the changing of leaves, making us less inclined to spend time outdoors or be active. But by continuing to exercise and participate in sports, we can reduce the toll that winter takes on our levels of energy. Similarly, getting a massage increases the flow of blood and oxygen through our bodies. Making it easier for our circulatory systems to deliver nutrients where they’re needed, giving us an energy boost.

Improve Sleep

Cranky when you don’t sleep well? Poor sleep can lead to chronic conditions such as depression and cardiovascular disease. We know, it’s not always easy to get eight hours of sleep every night, particularly when our bodies are going through physiological transitions at the beginning of fall. Studies show that getting a massage increases serotonin levels, which helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Massage Seasonal Stress Away

With the physiological transitions, come the fall stresses of modern living: returning to school, extra lawn maintenance, preparation for the holidays. The rush and stress of fall can leave you vulnerable to illnesses that only a healthy immune system can fight. Massage therapy helps melt the stress away so that you can relax.

Massage helps relax tight painful muscles, improves range of motion in the joints, enhances circulation and lowers stress levels. Stress is considered a risk factor for many chronic diseases and can make symptoms worse. Feelings of stress that continue for long periods have a detrimental effect on the body. Massage helps you relax, calming the mind and body and relieving your stress.

The significant benefits of massage therapy on your body and mind are too great to ignore. Allow your body to recover and relax with a massage from Zen Massage Salt Lake City.

Renew your commitment to taking care of yourself with a massage @ZenMassageSaltLakeCity.

 

Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

People often turn to massage therapy to relieve stress because they realize the effects of releasing muscle tension and taking time to pamper their bodies. But what they may not realize is that there are physiological reasons that massage relieves stress. And these are the same reasons that massage can decrease depression.

In 1996, a study was conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine to determine the effects of massage therapy on anxiety. In this study, a group of adults were given chair massages for 15 minutes, 2 times a week.

Tests performed on the subjects showed increased frontal delta waves, proving relaxation, and decreased alpha and beta waves, suggesting a decrease in anxious thoughts.

At the end of the study, which lasted 5 weeks, the group’s depression scores were much lower than they were at the beginning.

There are a couple of reasons massage therapy is useful in treating more than muscle tension.

A main factor in anxiety is cortisol. Cortisol is released for various reasons, but when your stress increases, so do your cortisol levels. And when your cortisol levels increase, so does your stress.

See why stress is such a vicious cycle?

Massage therapy is beneficial to getting you off the cycle by decreasing cortisol levels. Once the cortisol levels are down, your body starts to naturally become more relaxed.

The other thing massage does is encourage your body to release oxytocin and endorphins. Both of these natural “feel-good” chemicals lead your body into a relaxed state of euphoria.

It’s a little known fact that before all the drugs for depression were so freely distributed, massage therapy was a common treatment for the disorder. This generation seems to be catching on to the benefits of natural treatment and seeking ways to treat disorders with fewer drugs.

While you should never stop taking a prescription without the advice of a physician, massage therapy should be a treatment that you add to your regime in order to enhance your overall well-being.

Call us today to book your massage, and get yourself back on track to a healthier outlook on life!

 

 

5 Reasons a Couples Massage is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be a lot of pressure. Flowers…too formal? Candy…too impersonal? Jewelry…too soon?

It’s all just a little too much to take. But there is one gift that is perfect for anyone at any stage in the relationship.

A massage therapy session.

A couples massage is just the thing to take your relationship to the next level, or just have a fun and relaxing time together.

So many couples never take the time just to be together. With the stresses of balancing work, home, kids, and soccer practice, life sometimes takes its toll. Wouldn’t it be nice to just take an hour or two just to relax and shut out the world?

Although all of that is enough of a reason to go ahead and book that session, listed here are 5 more reasons a couples massage is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift:

1.      It Costs Less than Jewelry

Easier on your pocketbook and much less difficult to pick out, a couples massage says “I love being with you” without the stress of wondering if your jewelry pick says “let’s get married.”

2.      It’s Healthier than Candy

Not only are massages relaxing, but did you know that there are certain health benefits that go along with them? For example, massages are proven to lower blood pressure. They’re also a great way to help with chronic tension and prevent injuries during your next workout. What says you care more than tending to your partner’s health?

3.      It Increases Feelings of Intimacy

A massage releases serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine, contributing to an overall feeling of joy and intimacy. Having trouble getting your partner to open up? Lying next to that person in a heightened state of euphoria is the perfect time to find out just what makes him or her tick.

4.      It’s More Romantic than Dinner

Who feels intimate and sexy after stuffing themselves with spaghetti and meatballs (Lady and the Tramp recall, anyone)?  While the notion may seem romantic, the after-dinner bloat…not so much. Why not, instead, share in an experience that will leave you both feeling relaxed and amorous.

5.      It’s an Escape from the Real World

The next best thing to being stranded together on a desert island might be escaping into the serenity of the massage room. Cell phones off and kids at home with the sitter, your world just got a whole lot smaller. What could be more romantic than the thought that for a little while, you and your partner live in your own little world without all the outside distractions?

Do yourself and your relationship a favor…take the time today to call and make that appointment. It could be the most memorable Valentine’s Day you ever spend together!

Holiday Massage

Holiday Massage

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The holiday season may be the most joyful and exciting part of the year but it can also be one of the most stressful. Despite the colorful lights and loving attitudes that accompany December’s holiday season, the stress of buying the perfect present or deciding who to spend the holidays with can become overwhelming. What better way to combat this holiday stress with a little present for yourself in the form of a Holiday Massage from Zen?

A good holiday massage can reduce your stress and also keep your spirits up during the frigid weather the holiday season brings with it. A hot stone massage could help warm your inner core during this icey cold season.

Lets not forget that the holiday season can be stressful for your loved ones as well. If you’re still looking for a present for a loved one, why not give the gift of relaxation through a Holiday Massage? If you would like to give this gift to a loved one, click here to see our gift card prices.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot Stone Massage Hot Stone Massages have been around for centuries but only recently caught on in mainstream massage parlor techniques. Smooth, flat stones are heated up and placed on key points on the back, hands or feet to melt your stress and tension away.

Iron rich river rocks are typically used for hot stone massages since they can hold heat well and are naturally smooth and flat. The massage therapist often  uses the stones to knead the knots out of  sore muscle groups. When a client wants a light massage but has muscle tension, the massage therapist will often recommend a hot stone massage because the heat from the stones will relax the client and also sooth the sore muscles.

Hot Stone MassageOnce the stones have done their job, the massage therapist might remove them and work the muscles like they would with a typical massage. The rocks are just another tool the massage therapist uses to work away pain from tense muscle groups but they can also help insomnia, poor circulation and stress relief. They can also be used for Sports Massages to help further relax the muscle groups and help prevent a potential future injury.

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Massage Myths

Massage therapy has been around for centuries and has only gained popularity throughout history. Despite growing into a popular stress relief and sore muscle aid in recent years there are still several massage myths that many people believe about the profession.

Massage MythsMassages Hurt

Massage therapy was not designed to be a torture device, it is intended to do just the opposite which makes this massage myth kind of funny. Kneading away sore muscles and achy joints can sometimes be uncomfortable but it’s purpose is to loosen up the tense areas to promote flexibility and reduce chronic pain, not inflict pain.

The Benefits are Temporary

One single massage may not be enough to train your body to realign itself to reduce pain, but over time massage therapy will in fact help train your body’s muscle memory to position itself in a less stressful manner. Arching your back or neck in front of a computer, for example, can produce a negative muscle memory that will cause pain and discomfort. Regular massages can help retrain your body to realign to a more natural position.

Massage MythsAll Massages are Created Equal

This massage myth is like saying instant ramen noodle meals are the same as a fine dining experience. Not every massage is created equal, especially amateur massages. Massage therapists have to go through a specialized school in order to learn the key muscle groups and trigger points.

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Introducing a new modality to our menu: Spinal Touch!

What is Spinal touch?

     Spinal Touch is a modality that seeks to help keep the bones of the skull, spine and pelvis in their proper relationship with each other, in order to allow the body to function at its maximum potential.
You will be assessed for postural distortion while standing in front of a plumb line. Even untrained people (a spouse or parent, for example) can often see the distortion when compared against a vertical and horizontal reference point. The exact form that this distortion takes determines how the alignment technique is applied. Treatment is very gentle and often people will fall asleep while receiving an alignment, as it is so relaxing.
Spinal Touch is a light touch technique for treating chronic and acute pain. Bodies have an innate healing ability that is mediated through the nervous system. If the nervous system is working properly then the body can maintain a state of well being and won’t need the intervention of pain treatments, drugs, or surgery; it can just look after itself. Spinal Touch retrains the body to relax and improve as a whole, even when a person is receiving treatment for one specific problem.
The purpose of Spinal Touch is to guide the body to realign itself with its center of gravity. Our bodies change, compensate, and adapt to the world around us. Bodies become distorted and lose function over time. There will always be constant rivalry with everyday life and our bodies, as we try to get our bodies “back to normal”, free of pain, and functioning properly.

Meet the wonderful therapists that have training and experience with this modality!

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Brannigan Roeber LMT

I graduated from Myotherapy College of Utah in 2014.

I am certified in Spinal Touch, Acutherapy, and Touch for Health.

I want to inspire people to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.

My specialties are Reflexology, Segmental, and Lymphatic Drainage.

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Marry Harris LMT

I graduated from the Myotherapy College of Utah in 2014 with certifications in Acutherapy and Spinal touch

as well as a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and pathology.

I have a strong background in energy work and relaxation

though my love is focused deep tissue massage to help people with pain relief.