Massage Therapy: Make Mom’s Day!
The phrase, “Go ahead, make my day!” has been famous ever since
actor Clint Eastwood uttered those words in his role as “Dirty Harry”
Callahan in the 1983 movie Sudden Impact. But the Washington Wellness
Center has a far kinder, gentler intent in offering a way to “make
mom’s day.” From now throughout the month of May, you can
treat your mother, sister, girlfriend, or any special woman in your life
– including yourself – to a relaxing, rejuvenating 50-minute
Mother’s Day Wellness Massage for $60 (a $75 value).
“I’m an advocate of women taking time for themselves,”
says Washington Women’s Center Coordinator Laura Constantine, RN.
“I personally try to get a massage every week. For me, it’s
a time when I don’t have to deal with the computer, the telephone,
or kids yelling, ‘Mom! We give ourselves to others all day long.
It’s important to give back to yourself – or to other women
in your life –in recognition of all we do.”
The Wellness Center’s experienced, licensed massage therapists offer
a wide range of massage styles to fit individual preferences:
Swedish Massage can relax your body tensions using long, fluid strokes and a variety of
muscle-kneading techniques to improve circulation, reduce tension and
relieve sore, aching muscles.
Sports Massage helps athletes improve their flexibility and recover more quickly from injuries.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on connective tissues and works deep into muscles to help ease
and release long-held patterns of muscular tension.
Pregnancy Massage helps ease back pain for expectant mothers while aiding blood circulation
and giving the mother rest and relief from pregnancy’s potential
Foot Reflexology, a gentle and even foot massage, helps with relaxation while reducing
stress and tension.
Therapeutic Massage combines neuromuscular therapy, connective tissue massage and reflexology
with Swedish massage strokes to promote relaxation and restore balance
to the body.
Oncology Massage, performed by an oncology massage-trained therapist, can help in managing
pain and reducing anxiety, nausea, insomnia and fatigue associated with
cancer and cancer treatments.
In addition to these 50-minute massages, the Wellness Center also offers
a 75-minute “hot stone massage” that uses water-heated smooth,
flat stones that the massage therapist places on key points on the body.
The therapist also may hold the stones and use warm oil to gently glide
the stones over muscles. Hot stone massage promotes deep muscle and tissue
relaxation, alleviates stress and releases toxins. It also relieves pain,
improves circulation and calms the psyche. (The cost of the hot stone
massage is $110.)
“I really like the deep tissue massage, because I sit in front of
a computer for much of the day,” Constantine says. “By the
end of the day, my shoulders are all scrunched up, and the deep tissue
massage eases the tension created by holding those muscles in the same
position for so long.”
Constantine notes that women enjoy the relaxing, spa-like setting of the
Wellness Center, with private dressing rooms and lockers. Clients receive
a robe to keep them warm and cozy. The warm, comfortable massage tables
are located in individual, private massage rooms.
Not Just for Women Only
The Wellness Center also offers men’s massages in a separate area
with its own entrance, assuring privacy for both male and female clients.
“Some men might think that a massage is simply an indulgence, but
massage offers a number of health benefits, too,” Constantine says.
“Massage can calm the nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety.
It also can improve blood circulation, stimulate the immune system and
prevent or relieve muscle cramps and spasms. Regular massage can help
improve flexibility for better athletic performance and it can help prevent
sports injuries – for both men and women.”
Massages at the Wellness Center are an economical alternative to services
at high-priced spas, and because the Wellness Center is part of Washington
Hospital – a nonprofit organization – the massage therapists
are not allowed to accept gratuities.
“Many people feel more comfortable getting a massage at a hospital,”
Constantine adds. “Some of our clients come for regular massages
because they have arthritis or other health issues. Because our focus
is on health, they develop a sense of trust and confidence that we will
meet their personal needs for a relaxing, healthful treatment.”
So go ahead and indulge the woman in your life with a comforting, relaxing
rejuvenating massage. Make her day!
The Washington Wellness Center, part of the Washington Women’s Center,
is located in Suite 150 in the Washington West Building at 2500 Mowry
Avenue in Fremont. Wellness Massages are offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Appointments are strongly recommended and can be scheduled
before or after diagnostic tests at the Washington Women’s Center.
Walk-in clients are accepted if a massage therapist is available. To schedule
an appointment, call (510) 608-1301.
For more information about the types of Wellness Massages available, visit