Staying Zen Through the Holidays

How do you stay zen during the holidays?

While the holidays are often a time of celebration, joy, and being closest to the ones you love, it can also be, well, stressful. It is easy to not feel so wonderful during the most wonderful time of year…but with the right balance, you can navigate through the holiday season with as little stress as possible. 

Avoid getting your stockings in a twist with some simple tips.

Eat Clean

You don’t have to give up eating clean just because it’s the holidays. Many of your favorite special-occasion treats can be “cleaned up” simply by swapping whole grains for refined ones, choosing low-fat dairy products, and using minimally processed sugars like honey over granulated white or brown sugar. Even if you do splurge on a few items, be smart and don’t overindulge. Maintain your healthy diet to fuel your body for endless festivities, but enjoy your traditional treats as well – moderation is key!

Breathe

It sounds simple enough but we forget to breathe when we are stressed or upset. Deep, cleansing breaths can actually help lower your stress level, not to mention your blood pressure. So when you’re feeling stressed:

  1. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four seconds.
  2. Hold your breath for a count of seven seconds.
  3. Exhale completely through your mouth to a count of eight seconds.

Stay Active

We know it’s a challenge to eat healthily and squeeze in a workout when you have work parties and family gatherings, but it can be done. You just have to stick to your exercise routine and prioritize yourself. Traveling for the holidays? No worries – hop online and do a little research. Inquire about a temporary gym membership or get a free guest pass with a family member. If you would rather be outdoors, look up running routes and hiking trails in the area. Even when you’re busy holiday shopping, park further away and take the stairs instead of the elevator…every little bit counts.

Sleep

Between parties, shopping for gifts, and family get-togethers, the holidays can leave you stretched for time and sleep. Give yourself a healthy gift this season: a good night’s rest around 7-9 hours. You will wake up feeling recharged and ready to enjoy the festivities!

Be Grateful

Although there are tons of reasons to love the holidays, there are even more reasons to be grateful. Shift your mindset and start focusing on what’s really important: family, friends, being present, and making memories. Studies have shown that gratitude can reduce stress and anxiety, improve relationships, and even promote physical health. A gratitude-filled approach to life has the potential to enhance your general well-being both this holiday season and all year long. 

Get A Massage

After all the hustle and bustle are said and done, give yourself a boost to start the new year. A massage from Zen Massage of Salt Lake City is just the thing to help revamp after a busy holiday season.

Zen Massage offers many different styles, prices, and massage specials so you can live life without stress holding you back.

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When You Need a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage uses firm and deep pressure. If you’re suffering from muscular pain or if you feel like Swedish massage doesn’t give you the relief you crave, you should look into deep tissue massage.

When you receive a deep tissue massage at Zen Massage, one of our massage therapists will apply intense pressure to various areas of your body to help alleviate pain and tension. The pressure reaches the deepest layers of your fascia, muscles, and tendons. While a deep tissue massage can benefit nearly any client, some situations call for it more than others. We discuss some of them below.

To Relieve Frequent Headaches

When you have chronic pain in your back, head, and shoulders, this can eventually lead to frequent headaches or migraines. Severe migraine pain can interfere with your daily life by making it impossible to work or socialize. It might even be difficult to turn your head all the way to the right or to the left.

By getting regular massages, you may be able to prevent headaches from developing in the first place. Reducing stress in your life can also help to prevent headaches. The good news is that frequent massages can help you let go of stress before it has a negative impact on your health.

When You Are Under a Lot of Stress

Stress might be a mental phenomenon, but it affects you physically in many ways. For example, you may hold tension in your jaw or neck. It’s also common to suffer from frequent stomach upset or insomnia. If you can relate, a Zen Massage may be just what you need to start feeling more relaxed about life. For the entire duration of your session, you just lie on one of our tables and relax in a peaceful setting. A massage therapist works your deepest muscles to help you let go of the stress you may not even know that you carry.

When You Maintain a Active Physically Lifestyle

If you are an athlete who regularly practices and competes or a person who engages in frequent physical fitness, your body can become stiff and sore as a result. Deep tissue massage is beneficial for athletes and active people because it helps you to guard against injury, allows your muscles to recover, and gives you all the benefits of a stress-relieving massage at the same time. We recommend scheduling a deep tissue massage at least a few times a month to stay ahead of injuries and keep yourself at the top of your game.

When You Haven’t Had A Massage in Years – If Ever

A deep tissue massage is most effective when you receive one regularly. However, you need to start somewhere. Once you have had your Zen Massage, you will wonder why you waited so long. A deep tissue massage can lower blood pressure, elevate your mood, increase joint flexibility, and help to release the tension you have been storing in your body. We recommend that you receive one at least once a month unless you are very active or an athlete. Bi-monthly appointments would be more effective in that case.

Are you ready to schedule a deep tissue massage? We invite you to visit Zen Massage of Salt Lake City to request an appointment and experience the atmosphere for yourself.

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Zen Massage offers many different styles, prices, and massage specials so you can live life without stress holding you back.

Virtual Tour of our Massage Salon in Salt Lake City

Zen Massage Luxury Massage in Salt Lake City, Utah

Text (385)448-5634

Book Online

Call (801) 467-3529

We are located at:

5520 South Van Winkle Expy,

Salt Lake City, Utah 84117

Massage Therapists and Pricing, Salt Lake City

 

Zen Massage Therapists

When it comes to massage therapy, no amount of exotic marble, fountains, lights, and monograms on fancy terry cloth robes and slippers can equal the skilled, experienced hands of a master massage therapist. A luxurious interior can make a great impression, but when you’re back in your clothes again walking out the door, the only thing that matters is how you feel in the real world. The quality of any spa experience is quite literally in the hands of the therapist. Nobody understands this better than ZEN Massage of Salt Lake City. Our partner-therapists make ZEN Massage what it is. We partner with only the best therapists who share a sincere passion for the craft of healing and the art of massage. But most of all, our partner-therapists are approachable. They know how to listen and to understand. They want to make you feel great. They enjoy what they do because they do it exceptionally well.

Dr. Helen Litovsky, LMT

“My goal is to show our clients how to minimize work-related repetitive stress injuries and help people recognize and control stress-driven habits like smoking, drinking, and over-eating. My approach focuses on producing immediate physiological changes in the body which lead to increased awareness of the client’s mental and physical condition. My technique targets stress areas in the client that are responsible for chronic pain, discomfort, and loss of sleep. With proper application, the application of ZEN therapy restores the body’s natural posture and resolves the discomfort which interferes with prolonged and restful sleep.”

Helen Litovsky received her Doctorate of Medicine from the National University of Ukraine in 2002 and successfully defended her license before the US National Board of Medical Examiners. With all of the great opportunities in medicine, it is truly a testament to the innovation and potential of ZEN that she has postponed her clinical residency to help oversee and develop the ZEN Bodywork System.

Keegan Hughes, LMT

She quickly became the most requested and greatly ranked therapist at Zen Massage. She attended school at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2013 where she quickly developed a passion for the holistic healing of massage. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a relaxing and therapeutic experience while also giving you the tools you need to heal yourself outside of your sessions. Most of her work consists of deep tissue with Swedish mixed in for relaxation. However she also really enjoys injury work! Many of her clients come to her with a medical issue they need assistance with. Give us a call and ask how she can help you or book your appointment online today!

Ian Mitchell, LMT

Ian has a deep desire to create positive change in people through massage. Ian graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2000.  He is proud to have been a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics Sports Massage Team and enjoys working with athletes to maintain and enhance athletic performance.  Ian loves to help people relax and get relief from pain and tension using a blend of Swedish, deep tissue, and muscle-specific trigger-point techniques. He uses thoughtful communication while listening to the body to reach the specific goals of each client.

Brice Bowhay, LMT

Brice is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and a Licensed Massage Therapist. He has been a licensed EMT and has a diploma in personal training.   He got into bodywork after becoming frustrated from chronic pain and discomfort stemming from imbalances and scoliosis. He sought out experts in many other fields, but it wasn’t until he experience structural integration bodywork that he found permanent solutions and was equipped with relief. Structural Integration is a philosophy of the important fact the body is an interconnected system of nerves and connective tissue. He uses a series of sessions to progressively and incremental make long-term changes to connective tissue quality and movement patterns. In short, it resets posture, and disperses spots on chronic tension, offering a permanent solution for unwinding and releasing patterns of pain, stress, and trauma that accumulate from decades of injuries, physically and emotionally.

This involves safe, comfortable touch, and gliding strokes of medium pressure, which should feel extremely relaxing and help improve breathing and walking efficiency. Structural integration is a collaborative partnership, and clients can expect to stand up and notice that their body “feels different” and “lighter” and “more grounded” after each session. These changes persist from one session to the next, making Structural Integration a powerful catalyst to facilitate interpersonal transformation, which was the intention of S.I. according to Dr. Ida Rolf, the founder of the field who pioneered the first blueprint for how to organize the body in line with gravity.

Shar Dawson, LMT

Shar’s specialties are neck and back work. She enjoys doing all forms of Massage, but she specializes in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Reflexology.

Zen Pricing

Zen Massage offers many different styles, prices, and massage specials so you can live life without stress holding you back.

Zen Massage Luxury Massage in Salt Lake City, Utah

Book Online or Call (801) 467-3529

Virtual Tour of our Massage Salon in Salt Lake City

5520 South Van Winkle Expy,

Salt Lake City, Utah 84117

Check Out Olena Litovsky’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olena Litovsky.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Massage was always a passion of mine. In 2006, as I was studying for medical exams we decided to open Zen massage. Started small as a way to stay in contact with my clinical background while going through steps of medical validation of credentials, but grew into amazing practice connecting two critical components of happy employees and satisfied clients.

Zen massage grew and constantly kept adapting to demand and changes in our social environment. Starting from the economic difficulties of the 2008 recession to the Covid19 shut down for six weeks.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Of course, during 15 years we have seen it all. Busy and slow. High unemployment rate and difficulties finding competent and compatible team players to add to our Zen family. Despite all of them we only grew stronger.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I do have a medical background (graduated from Medical school in Ukraine) but had neither business education nor experience. So, the beginning of the journey was easy and without expectations to make money.

It came later as a result of regulars returning customers, word of mouth, etc. Lots of our clients are close to us as a family too. Some have been loyal to us for 15 years, I am overwhelmed with gratitude every day. Being so happy to experience this perfect tango between business and passion, love to help people.

That is probably the key difference between us and other massage businesses. We don’t follow the traditional approach to staff and employment. We allow lots of freedom, encourage taking time off as needed to spend time with family, friends, to recover physically and mentally. Health is the main topic here. That includes physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I love taking risks. Without it, I believe, it is impossible to achieve success and growth. Major risk #1 for me personally was to come to the USA in 2004.

As for Zen Massage signing up for the construction of the new location, signing up for a personal guarantee right before the 2008 market crash and downturn of the economy. I take risks in numerous ways in my life, my personal safety, and my hobbies by training and competitions in jiu-jitsu.

Hiking, always trying new things like target gun shooting, ax throwing, ect. Trying new travels and experiences like yoga retreats. I challenge myself and others with physical and mental challenges. Risks are a big part of who I am.

Pricing:

  • $89 for 60 min massage (reg price)
  • $69 for 60 min massage (membership price
  • $129 for 90 min massage
  • $159 for 120 min massage

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Thank you Voyage Utah for the interview spotlighting Zen Massage of Salt Lake City.

Original source: https://voyageutah.com/interview/check-out-olena-litovskys-story

3 Things You’re Doing to Strain Your Neck

When we feel a headache, backache, neck pain, or any other kind of pain, our first thought is to make it go away. However, it’s hard to find the solution to the problem when you don’t know the origin. A lot of injuries and accidents feel like they happen all of a sudden, but nothing happens without warning. Your lifestyle plays a huge part in how your body feels, and neck strain is a very common symptom a lot of clients experience.

Neck strain is an injury to the muscles and tendons that support and move the head and neck. The best way to prevent neck strain is to take precautions when doing these three things:

  • Talking on the phone: Of course, talking on the phone can’t be avoided. However, most of us use the phone for long periods of time. We also use the phone while doing other things. Can you recall the last time you held the phone without tucking it in between your neck and shoulder? The American Osteopathic Association recommends using both hands or a hands-free device when using the phone.

  • Desk Work: We often talk about the couch potato who spends all day on the sofa, but they aren’t prone to neck pains like the desk potato. More sedentary jobs require looking at a computer and typing on a keyboard for more than 50% of the workday. After a few hours of doing the same activities, your posture probably becomes poor. Activities like stretching, adjusting your monitor, and sitting correctly can alleviate upper body strain.

  • Workouts: Form is everything when working out. Good form prevents minor and major injuries from occurring. The right exercises can ease neck pain, but the wrong exercises can cause neck pain. For instance, think about an ab move like sit-ups. The wrong neck alignment can make the exercise very uncomfortable. It is always recommended to stretch and warm the body before any workout.

A massage treatment can help relieve upper body pain caused by talking on the phone, deskwork, and workouts. Massages help to loosen the affected muscles and tendons. Although massage therapy is a great treatment, prevention is key.

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Salt Lake City, Utah 84117

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