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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 Massage offers many different styles, prices, and massage specials so you can live life without stress holding you back.
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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.
So, we all expect massage therapists to ease muscle tension and help us work through injuries. But that hour on the table reveals a lot more than just the stress we’ve asked them to soothe. Here are 10 things your massage therapists can most likely tell about you and your health after a massage.
1. You Love Big Purses
If your body is tighter on one side, a therapist knows that you shift more onto one leg while standing (this happens with women who carry purses predominantly on one shoulder). Glutes, hamstrings, and quads will be tight, and you’ll also have an unnatural pelvic tilt.
2. You Have A Desk Job
The signs? A weak lower back, as evidenced by one hip being higher than the other. People who sit in front of a computer all day also have tight glutes and legs.
3. You Do A Lot Of Driving
Sitting behind the wheel leads to a far-forward posture. People who spend a significant amount of time commuting by car will often exhibit hunched shoulders because of this.
4. You’re Injured
If you have an acute injury, therapists can feel heat and inflammation. Chronic injuries show themselves in the form of dehydrated muscles that feel tight. And with repetitive injuries, tendons and muscles will feel wiry like guitar strings.
5. You Text Too Much
Chronic texters will find it painful when a massage therapist rubs their shoulders. The cause? The downward position of your head when texting creates an imbalance in the shoulders.
6. You’re Dehydrated
Trigger points in the upper back will be tender if you haven’t had your recommended eight glasses of water each day.
7. You’re Cold All The Time
It’s instinct to hunch up our shoulders to our ears when we’re cold. So it’s no surprise that clients come in with stress in their necks and the tops of their shoulders during winter months.
8. You’re A Runner
Hips and the low back will feel tight, and you might also complain about tension in the bottom of the foot.
9. Your Allergies Are Acting Up
Is Pet dander getting to you? The tissue around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, and jaw will feel tender and inflamed. The same goes for lymph nodes in the chest, neck, and underarms.
10. You’re A Frequent Backpacker
Heavy backpack straps cut across the shoulder blades, and the muscles in your scapula become tight in response to the pressure.
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Many people are talking about CAM practices today and we thought we’d take a moment to let you know what they are all about.
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are unconventional types of products and practices that are being used to treat a variety of medical and mental health conditions. CAM practices have grown in popularity over the past several years, and are often used in combination with more traditional medical practices. Some common CAM practices include acupuncture, yoga, and aromatherapy.
Massage therapy is another type of CAM practice that is often used to treat muscle pain, injury, and stiffness. Massage therapy has more recently been used for the treatment of mental and emotional problems, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Also considered a relaxation technique, massage therapy may be able to help reduce tension and elicit feelings of calm and deep relaxation.
Additionally, massage may be able to curb feelings of fear and anxiety, plus assist in managing other panic disorder symptoms.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy involves manipulating the muscles by kneading, rubbing, pressing, or patting different muscle groups. Massage therapists use their hands and massage oils to work through various groups of muscles.4 Some massage therapists will also include aromatherapy oils and tranquil music to help create a peaceful and deeply relaxing experience.
There are many different kinds of massage offered by massage therapists. Depending on the style, massages often vary in pressure and muscle group focus. Some of the most common types of massage include:
Swedish Massage: This is the most popular type of massage and is meant to help relax the body and mind. It involves a total body massage where a person lies on the massage table while the massage therapist slowly works through different muscle groups. Swedish massage also helps circulate blood flow, relieve mental stress, and reduce muscle pain and tension.
Deep tissue: This kind of massage is similar to Swedish massage. However, the massage therapist uses more pressure and intensity when working through the muscles. Deep tissue massage is aimed at releasing tense and painful muscle knots that are often associated with physical discomfort, stress, and headaches.
Sports Massage: Often used by athletes, sports massage is used to assist in athletic training. This type of massage is focused on preparing muscles for intense training. Additionally, sports massage is used to help the muscles recover after intense performance or injury.
Shiatsu: Frequently referred to as acupressure, Shiatsu is a form of massage that is similar to acupuncture. Shiatsu originated in Japan and means “finger pressure.” Instead of using needles like acupuncture, the practitioner uses their fingers on pressure points. Pushing these points are thought to help release energy and restore balance back to the body and mind.
Healthline has some great info. about getting a massage during COVID-19. We found this article to be very helpful and thought our clients would too.
Experts say it can be safe to get a massage or acupuncture treatment during COVID-19 if certain guidelines are followed.
They urge people to check with businesses to make sure they clean tables in between visits and have sufficient air circulation in rooms.
They also recommend that people decide if a treatment is a necessity or a luxury.
Health officials advise people to remain 6 feet apart during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for services such as massages and acupuncture, that’s difficult to do.
So, should you cancel your appointment?
Experts say the answer is complicated.
“Social or physical distancing is not really possible with massage and acupuncture. If the prevalence of COVID-19 in the local community is low and appropriate precautions are maintained, these services can be delivered relatively safely. That said, if the prevalence of COVID-19 infections is high locally, you might want to wait until the number of cases decreases,” Dr. Michelle L. Dossett, MPH, an assistant professor of general internal medicine at UC Davis Health, told Healthline.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is mainly spread from person-to-person contact. This can be among people who are in close contact and through droplets produced when someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
As SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus, data on its spread on surfaces is limited. But Dossett says it is feasible the virus could be spread via a massage table that hasn’t been cleaned.
“If someone who was infected with COVID-19 left respiratory droplets on the massage table an hour or two before your massage, you could theoretically catch it if the table was not cleaned in between clients,” she explained. “That said, professional societies and public health guidelines are recommending that massage therapists and acupuncturists do clean table surfaces between clients.”
Dossett says there are many ways individuals can protect themselves if they feel they need to continue having acupuncture, massage, or similar services during the pandemic.
“You should wear a face covering. Make sure the therapist is wearing a face covering and requiring other clients to do the same. Consider having a massage or acupuncture session outdoors or, at the very least, in a room with open windows,” she said.
“Ask the therapist about their practices to reduce the spread of infection; how often are surfaces cleaned? If indoors, how much time elapses between different clients in the same room? For example, if a massage therapist has two rooms and alternates using them, leaving an open window to air out the room for an hour between clients, that is a lot better than having back-to-back clients in the same room with windows closed,” she added.
During a period of sustained stress for many, Kim says services like acupuncture and massage may be more important than ever.
“We have to also consider the health of people holistically. The mental health aspect has maybe affected just as many or more people than COVID itself. We have to be cognizant of that,” she said.
“There are a lot of patients that may benefit from acupuncture and massage, and it should be considered a medical modality and obviously those are allowed during this time. It can be done; we just need to be thoughtful about it,” she added.
3- Your Zen Massage Therapist will also be wearing a mask during sessions.
4- Zen Massage Therapists will make sure appointments are spaced 30 min between each client and will meticulously clean and sanitize everything in between each of our clients.
5- If you feel ill please call and cancel your appointment.
For your information, the following guidelines are from the Salt Lake County Health Department (SaltLakeHealth.org) and are the reason for these requests of our clients at this time. We hope you understand.
Operate by-appointment only. Customers must make an appointment before visiting a personal service provider and establishments must offer to record customer contact information so public health may contact customers in case of exposure to COVID-19. Only customers with an appointment are allowed inside the facility; customers without appointments may not be accommodated (no walk-ins).
Exclude ill employees and customers. Managers must monitor themselves and all employees at the beginning of their shift for symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 must not be allowed on the premises. Establishments must also post signs and work areas that advise employees not to work if they are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing; similarly, they must post signs in public areas advising customers to stay home if ill. SLCoHD will provide signage online that establishments may print and use to fulfill this requirement.
Wear face coverings. Employees and customers must always wear face-covering over the nose and mouth to effectively reduce the spread of respiratory droplets, (tanning customers may remove their face covering while in the booth/room actively tanning). Services that cannot be performed with face coverings in place (lip waxing beard trimming etc.) are not allowed. The customer may remove their face covering for short periods of time to facilitate specific component of the service that is otherwise able to be conducted with the covering in place, for example, the customer can remove a face covering secured with ear Loops or hold the face covering to their face with their hand while a stylus is working around the ears during a haircut.
Enforce physical distancing. Placement of work stations must ensure each social distancing of at least 6 ft and waiting areas must encourage distancing as well. Only the customer and their specific, individual provider may be within six feet of one another while the service is being provided.
Disinfect customer service area between uses. Proper sanitization of workstations must occur between services. This includes all high-touch services including tables chairs restrooms door handles and floors. The same process should be followed when the establishment closes each day. The Establishment must use disinfectant\sanitizers effective against COVID-19 approved list at epa.gov. Use disposable cleaning supplies if possible towels Mop Heads exc. Reusable supplies must be laundered daily. All existing applicable Health regulations also apply.
For More Information – This fact sheet summarizes key requirements for allowing personal service operations to resume. Additional information is available in the state Utah leads together 2.0 plan, or call Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-INFO (4636). Salt Lake County Health Department SaltLakeHealth.org
We will be operating under these guidelines until further guidelines are announced by the state, thank you for your understanding.
New Year, New You 20% off all massage bookings in January
The new year is a time for reflection, resolutions, and turning over a new leaf. At Zen Massage, we want to encourage you to pamper yourself and your loved ones, which is why we’re offering 20% off all massages booked by January 31st. Call Today to book your session and mention this promotion. (801) 467-3529
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Here we are and 2019 is coming to a close but before we say hello to 2020, it’s a good time to stop and take a moment to shake off all the build-up from 2019. After all, it’s best to begin the New Year with a refreshed, stress-free mind and body!
Workplace issues are one of the most common causes of stress in life. Whether it’s because of internal conflicts, boring routine, or that annoying coworker in the next cubicle- it’s inevitable. Luckily, job stress is a problem that can be resolved in many ways.
Here are a few ideas any organization can use to help start off 2020 on the right foot.
Providing incentives doesn’t have to mean going “all-out” and giving every worker you have a huge monetary bonus. If you’re a start-up company or you’re simply on a budget, that’s just not realistic. But Holiday incentives can be something as simple as a handmade gift, a surprise potluck, or maybe even some free movie tickets so employees can take their loved ones out during the holidays. It’s the little things!
Why do employees go out for drinks during the weekends? To wind down after a hectic week, of course! Imagine the kind of stress that accumulates from an entire YEAR if some of your employees don’t take those opportunities. Throwing a New Year’s party back at the office or at a nearby spot would let your employees mingle and have a chance to “let their hair down” as a group. This can give them a chance to dance off all the stress they accumulated throughout the year, a chance to build up morale with co-workers, and helps them start the New Year off on the right foot, as a team!
Change of Scenery
A simple change in the ambiance for the New Year can make a huge difference. Humans are visual creatures, and it’s amazing how much our environment can affect us. Adding motivational posters, new art, or positive decor brightens up the workspace and brings a fresh feel to the office.
On-Site Chair Massage
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Zen Massage Therapist come into your office and give you a relaxing chair massage? Corporate chair massage is among the strongest statements a company can make to underscore a commitment to a safe, healthy, stress-free workplace. It’s no surprise that many businesses on Fortune-500 magazine’s list of “Top 100 companies to work for” have offered chair massage to their employees and many keep chairs and therapists on-site year-round to provide ongoing stress and muscle relief for their staff.
Onsite Chair Massage by Zen Massage
Onsite convenience, in studio quality
ZEN Massage takes corporate chair massage very seriously. For the perfect chair massage, it is not enough for us to simply apply table massage principles to a seated position. In order to maximize the therapeutic effect of our chair massage, we had to abandon the notion that chair massage was universal. In fact, everything from the height of the chair, therapist, and client, to the angle of the face rest plays a significant role in how our clients feel. We also understand that simply applying pressure to a muscle without stretching it has minimal therapeutic effect, so the founding principles in ZEN Massage had to be re-invented with the chair in mind. Ultimately, we succeeded in translating the amazing effectiveness of ZEN massage to a seated application with no loss of therapeutic effect. Contact us today about our corporate massage service in Salt Lake City. Your employees will thank you!
Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be tricky holidays to maneuver. In one day we try to sum up our feelings of gratitude, appreciation & Love.
Newsday once posted an ebates.com survey reporting on what moms actually want for Mother’s Day. While 31% would NOT like perfume, and 40% would NOT like a cookbook, a full 60% have “quality family time” as their list topper. Not far behind, 44% put “spa day” on their short list. Combining these two top gift wishes with mother-daughter massages at Zen Massage is a win-win idea, and here’s why:
Whether Mom is as healthy as she was decades ago, or has started experiencing some health problems, massage is a therapeutic, soothing, immunity-boosting experience for all. Everyone can benefit from having increased circulation and muscle relaxation yes even Dad.
If your mom or dad does not regularly receive massage, this is a great way to introduce her to the many life-enhancing benefits it offers.
Start or end your day together with an invigorating experience that raises your “feel-good” hormones will enhance your experience all the more.
Mom deserves a little pampering and Dad could use some downtime. Treating them while also improving her health? Doesn’t get much better!
By giving your mother or father a massage at Zen Massage (and getting one yourself at the same time), you’re setting a powerful example of health. By prioritizing your own wellness, and allowing them to enjoy the benefits as well, you’re starting a truly wonderful family tradition. An entire legacy of wellness can be born with one or two smart choices. Start yours this year by introducing this very important aspect of good health. Start a Mom and daughter tradition enjoying a Mother’s Day massage together or a father-daughter tradition for Father’s day. You’ll be so glad you did.