Live Healthy – Massage.

Massage. Love it! Seriously, what’s not to like about it? Whether you need knots worked out, an afternoon to de-stress, or simply a caring touch…or hell, all of the above- massage is amazing. Study after study has proven that getting regular massages can be instrumental in improving your over-all health, too.

“But how, Caitlin? How can having another human-being rub me down with oil possibly make me feel better?”, you ask.

Well, this is how.

First, let’s look at the technical side. The tightly wound, stressed out and “oh goodness this hurts!” side. Whether you’re up and moving all day or sitting at a desk, your muscles could probably use some TLC. We build up knots, inflammation, and toxins in our tissue that need to be kneaded out. Massage therapists are trained in detail about anatomy and the various systems of the body, such as circulatory and lymphatic, so they can not only ease tension and pain and help to push those toxins out of your body but also give you valuable knowledge on how to prevent further knotting in your muscles.

And then there’s that whole heavenly relaxation aspect. Dim lighting, soothing aromatherapy, and happy endorphins flooding your system. Yes, please! Besides unwinding your muscles and lowering your heart rate, massage also reduces levels of the hormone cortisol (which is associated with pain and inflammation) and produces an influx of serotonin and dopamine (associated with feeling awesome!). If you’re feeling down, this is a sure fire way to pick yourself up. We’re human- we need touch and to feel sincerely cared for. You’re going to leave feeling happier and lighter than when you walked in.

Don’t continue dealing with or tolerating pain. Don’t let yourself get used to it as “part of the job” or just another ache that you ignore- be it physical or emotional. It’s okay to need and want to feel better. Take the time for yourself and commit to feeling better. Take care of yourself. Get a massage. You’ll love it and you’ll love how you feel.

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Hot Stone Massage, The Hottest Trend in Massage Therapy

The groundhog has spoken, and that means 6 more weeks of winter. We recommend taking the chill out of winter with a hot stone massage from Xhale Salon~Spa. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, increases circulation and metabolism. The premise behind hot stone massage therapy is that the direct heat of the stones relaxes muscles, allowing the therapist access to the deeper muscle layers. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and promote deep relaxation. Hot stone massage is not appropriate if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are on medication that thins your blood. You shouldn’t get a hot stone massage if you are pregnant or have a sunburn. Come into Xhale today for your relaxing hot stone massage.

Massage Facts and Tips

Have you ever wondered why so many people get massages? Well, here are some of the reasons why they do it, and why you should also.

Did you know that massages were depicted in Egyptian tomb paintings. It is also mentioned in ancient Chinese, Japanese, and Indian texts.

Massage is scientifically shown to be an effective treatment for the following conditions:

• Cancer-related fatigue
• Chronic low back pain
• Reducing headache frequency
• After surgery to help with post-operative pain

Therapeutic massage is increasingly being promoted by healthcare providers to their patients:

• Almost one in five adult Americans (19%) report discussing massage therapy with their doctors or healthcare providers.
• Of those 19 %, more than half (58%) said their doctor strongly recommended or encouraged it.
• More than half of massage therapists (63%) receive referrals from healthcare professionals.

Massage is beneficial for infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly:

• Babies fall asleep faster when massaged than when rocked, and they stay asleep rather than waking the moment Mom tiptoes away.
• When massaged regularly, children suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and autism showed improvement in their symptoms from decreased pain, decreased anxiety, and decreased inattentiveness.
• Massage therapy can help to partially restore mobility to the elderly afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and arthritis, as well as reduce levels of anxiety, depression, and the effects of loneliness.

If your still not convinced, come in to Xhale Salon~Spa and let us show you why you should get a massage regularly. Our skilled massage therapists customize the massage to fit your needs and give you the relaxation you have been wanting, so come in today!

Happy New Year!!!

New Years Day is TOMORROW! Can you believe it? It feels like 2013 breezed by! We are ready to celebrate the end of a great year and we bet you are too! The morning after a great night out can be a little rough and staying up late can take it’s toll on your body. Here are some of the tips you need to survive January 1st and beyond…

1. 60 Minute Massage – A massage can help curb those morning after headaches, along with easing pain from dancing all night long.
2. Signature Facial – Here at Xhale, we say goodbye to the cookie-cutter facials by customizing our facials to your skin’s needs.
3. Manicure/Pedicure – You might have chipped some nails, spilled a drink on your toes, or just need a fresh start to the new year. Our signature manicure and pedicure will give your nails that special boost.

Remember to be safe and have a fun and happy New Years celebration!!