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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Benefits of Sports Massage

Benefits of Sports Massage

Sore muscles and tendons can hold anyone back from their peak physical ability, athlete or not. Our specialized sports massage is designed to reduce the pain and speed the recovery process by focusing on the key muscle groups in the affected areas. Our sports massage has many potential applications on the body and mind by stretching muscles that don’t often get stretched and increasing blood flow to sore muscles, joints and tendons.

Sports Injury Rehab

Sports MassageRepeated motions put a lot of stress on muscle tissues which over time can cause immense chronic pain as well as restrict your range of motion. By stimulating blood flow in the afflicted areas, our massage therapists can reduce this pain and help speed the recovery process and help you get back to maximum efficiency quickly.

Previous injuries are one of the main causes of chronic muscle pain. We target these areas in our sports massage by stretching the muscles in the injured area to help break down scar tissue and help restore flexibility and elasticity to the affected muscle groups.

This deep massage can also open up the pores in your muscle membrane. This aids the recovery process by enabling the Slow oxygen and nutrients to the injured or sore area which promotes faster muscle recovery.

Injury Prevention

Our sports massage is not just meant for reducing sore muscle groups and aiding the recovery process but also to help prevent future injury. If you are expecting to put an extreme amount of strain on a particular muscle group our sports massage can help increase blood flow to those regions to prepare those areas and ensure you have your full range of motion.Sports Massage

After your event we recommend you receive another sports massage to rest the sore muscle areas and promote muscle recovery by normalizing the body’s muscle tissues which will also help restore your flexibility faster.

Exercise stretches muscle groups and increases blood flow. A post-event sports massage will help the blood circulation to muscle tissues by dilating the blood vessels and allowing increased oxygen in the target area to speed the recovery process after an event or competition.

Psychological Benefits

In addition to sore muscle groups and potential injuries, these types of repeated motions and competition can cause a great deal of stress on the mind as well. Reducing tension in sore muscle groups through sports massage can release serotonin and endorphins and reduce your stress levels and increase your mood. Stretching the muscle groups and increasing blood circulation causes the muscles to warm up which create a relaxation reflex in the muscle tissue as well.

Regular sports massages can also increase your confidence by reducing your stress levels. Because of this, pre-event sports massages can lead to stronger performances in upcoming  competition by giving you an added competitive edge.

If you are in need of a sports massage to get you back in peak physical form contact us to set up an appointment with Zen Massage in Salt Lake City.

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!


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.


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.

Back Pain and the Workplace

Even if your only job function is to sit and stare at a computer screen for eight hours a day, your back or neck may be paying the price. Often, problems stem from a variety of bad habits. Long stretches of immobility, frequent or repetitive movements (even typing), lifting and carrying heavy loads, and working while fatigued may all be contributing to your woes. Now’s the time to do something about it and to prevent further injury.

Standing desks are the latest rage because apparently sitting can kill you. But just using a standing desk isn’t going to do much ergonomic help if you’re standing incorrectly. Follow this checklist to make sure your standing posture is doing your body good:

  • Keep your head up and sitting directly over your shoulders
  • Position your shoulders directly in line with your pelvis
  • Tighten your core abdominal muscles
  • Tuck in your butt muscles
  • Keep your feet slightly apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other
  • Bend your knees slightly and never lock them

If you haven’t yet been able to talk your boss into shelling out the money for a standing desk, you’re likely to be sitting for the majority of your day. Just as there’s a proper way to stand, there are right and wrong ways to sit. And doing it the wrong way can do a number on your back. These quick tips will have you sitting pretty – and pretty comfortably – in no time:

  • Adjust your office chair, computer, and desk to ensure proper posture
  • Sit back in the chair to take advantage of the lumbar support
  • Keep your head and neck erect to prevent slouching
  • Adjust your seat and arm rest so that your working surface is level with your elbows
  • Keep your knees level with your hips (your legs should form a 90-degree angle to the floor); use a phone book or small box if your legs don’t quite reach the floor
  • Take frequent stretching or walking breaks

Of course, the right office chair will help you on your way to achieving the perfect sitting posture. Take a look at the ten best office chairs as determined by Gear Patrol (and feel free to forward the link to your boss or office manager).

Your job may require you to lift heavy objects all day, or at least when you need to refill the water cooler. Improper lifting techniques are a sure-fire way to injure your back. You’ve heard all the techniques before, but they’re worth recommitting to memory:

  • Give yourself a wide base of support: place your feet shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly ahead of the other
  • Squat to lift, bending at hips and knees only (don’t bend your back)
  • Maintain proper posture: Look straight ahead, keep your back straight, puff your chest out, and throw your shoulders back
  • Lift the load slowly by straightening your hips and knees (again: not your back)
  • Don’t twist your torso as you lift
  • Hold the load as close to your body as possible
  • Use your feet to change directions (don’t twist your upper body)
  • Never lift a heavy object above shoulder level

Back and neck pain are all-too-common problems. Adopt these techniques and you’ll be standing, sitting, and lifting your way to a much happier and healthier you.

Our New Site

logoPerhaps you’ve noticed: We’ve spruced things up a little bit around our home page. We have even bigger plans for the site going forward. But for now, we’re excited to get the new site up and running and to show it to you. Let us know what you think, and what ideas you may have for what you want to see from us.

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