Father’s Day Massage Special

“Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” — Ray Romano

 

With all Dad puts up with, why not get him a little stress relief for Father’s Day this year?

Here @ Zen Massage, we are having a Father’s Day Special. You’ll SAVE $51.00 on Three 30 minute massages for dad! Call to Book Today (801) 467-3529.

A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.

 

Father’s Day Special – SAVE $51.00

Buy three- 30 min massages! For only $99.00 Regularly $150.00 – Call to Book Today (801) 467-3529.

 

Prenatal Massages | Pregnancy Pampering

Prenatal Massages | Pregnancy Pampering

Lower back pain, leg cramps, swollen feet, heartburn. Pregnancy is beautiful, but it’s anything but comfortable. Expectant mothers can help their bodies adjust with diet, massage, yoga, and even by taking a dip in the pool.

Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques. From the first to third trimester, prenatal massages can have profound physical and psychological benefits.

While we always suggest getting your doctor or midwife’s advice before booking your prenatal massage, a massage therapist with prenatal massage experience and education will know how to ensure a safe, relaxing experience for you.

First Trimester Massage – Many women have been led to believe it isn’t safe to get a massage during this period. Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or third trimester. But many facilities will refuse to offer massage to a woman who is still in her first trimester because of the increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

During the first trimester, a prenatal massage can help relieve some of the headaches, constipation, and yes even morning sickness. Along with the physical benefits of a massage, taking the time to deeply relax will do wonders for your well-being as you prepare for motherhood!

Second Trimester Massage – Many women find this stage of pregnancy to be easy going compared to the first and third trimesters. However, as your belly grows, your posture will change as your center of gravity shifts, resulting in back pain. Prenatal massages can ease those tense back muscles as well as enhance your posture and bodily alignment. Your body and mind will benefit greatly from the healthy habits you’ve adopted.

Studies done in the past 10 years have shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women’s prenatal care. This leads to mood regulation and improved cardiovascular health. In women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) were reduced, and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).

These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight. The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

Third Trimester Massage – You may find that the anticipation of delivery has increased your stress levels. This is the perfect time for you to book yourself a massage. You’ll find that regular prenatal massages during this last trimester can enhance your sleep, reduce pain and swelling, and generally assist in lowering stress as the delivery day draws near.

Massages during the third trimester can even help prepare your pelvic muscles for the birthing process. Some women find deep tissue massages especially helpful during the final stretch of pregnancy, though it’s always best to consult with your obstetrician and massage therapist beforehand.

Many women have experienced a significant reduction in sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy through massage.

Potential benefits of prenatal massage –

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep

Precautions – As with any therapeutic approach to pregnancy wellness, women should discuss massage with their prenatal care provider. The best way to address the risks of prenatal massage is to be informed and to work together with knowledgeable professionals.

Women who have recently experienced bleeding, pre-term contractions, or have any of the following conditions should speak with a healthcare provider prior to receiving a massage –

The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health. Consult with your midwife or obstetrician before beginning any new therapeutic practice.

From the early stages to the days before delivery, prenatal massages offer numerous benefits for your body and mind.

Sources:

http://www.massagebook.com/massage-therapy/pregnancy-pampering-benefits-prenatal-massages-trimester/

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/prenatal-massage/

Alignment, SI Joint Pain & Massage Therapy

Each body tells a personal story.  The different ways we use our bodies daily is not always a conscious decision. Let’s be honest our alignment and posture are not always optimal. We have to work, read, hunched over 8 hours at the desk, drive and then we wonder where’s our pain coming from?

​Repetitive motion creates patterns that build our posture. The fascia that lies underneath, throughout your body gets pulled in different directions and creates patches and areas with condensed tissue that need to be smoothed out.​

Massage therapy can provide significant improvement for pain and for works best as part of an integrated approach with your doctor and/or physical therapist.

Physical therapy will alleviate pain through guided and supervised stretching and exercises that increase the stability of the joint. Massage therapy can also help reduce the pain associated with SI joint dysfunction by addressing the muscles and ligaments that support it.

For example, cranial-sacral therapy (balancing the rhythm of the cerebral-spinal pulse) will realign the body and reduce the stress on the SI joint. Using Swedish massage techniques, your massage therapist can relax the muscles and improve circulation in the area.

Massage can relieve the pain and discomfort of SIJ dysfunction by correcting imbalances of the musculoskeletal system. This is the connection between your muscles and your joints and bones. Some practitioners use a therapeutic strategy involving piriformis techniques that address the stability of the pelvis in order to alleviate the SI joint pain.

Corrective massage is designed to counteract harmful muscle imbalances that result in poor body posture. With the repetitiveness of occupation and daily activities, pain occurs due to imbalances created by overuse of certain muscles and under use of others. Our body posture provides a window into musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Muscle imbalances affect the whole body, causing stress and fatigue that tighten the muscles and limit oxygen to the cells. Poor posture can limit our body’s potential range of motion creating stress on the musculoskeletal system. The result is chronic pain caused by the weak underused muscles being pushed to their limit. Muscle pain is a strong signal of body misalignment.

Chronic conditions develop over time, and will often require multiple sessions to change the patterns and posture of your body.  As your massage therapist, we listen to the pain and make the healthy alignment changes that are needed using massage. The goal is for you to be pain free and capable of  living an active lifestyle.

It’s important to try the least invasive routes before leaping to potentially addictive prescription painkillers and costly surgeries with lengthy recovery times. In addition to your doctor, seek advice from massage therapists, physical therapists, and holistic health practitioners who can offer alternative approaches to your sacroiliac joint pain management.

The tools offered by doctors to treat pain (pills and surgery) mask the issue and do not get to the root problem, muscular skeletal imbalance. With corrective massage, sessions are interactive requiring you to flex and release certain muscles during the massage to accelerate the results and to re-educate the body so that stretched muscles are contracted and shortened muscles are lengthened. This creates balance in the body. When the body is in balance, it is pain free and strong.

Good communication with your massage therapist is key to getting the best treatment for your body.

Personalized Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City @ http://zenmassage.net/

Sources:

Low Back, Piriformis and SI Joint Pain

Impact of Massage Therapy on Pain

SI Joint Dysfunction

Sacroiliac Joint Pain Relief Through Massage

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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