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Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Gift List?

December 04, 2012

Washington Wellness Center Offers Holiday Packages

This holiday season consider putting a relaxing massage on your holiday gift list. Massages make great presents and offer a nice respite after a busy day of shopping. The Washington Wellness Center is featuring a special on a massage package that can make the holidays brighter for the people in your life, including yourself.

"You can treat your sister, mother, father, husband or girlfriend to a wonderful experience," said Laura Constantine, R.N., Washington Women's Center coordinator. "A massage is the perfect way to take a break from busy holiday schedules."

The Wellness Center is a comfortable place to enjoy a personalized massage, she added. It features a spa-like setting where one is pampered. You are provided with a fresh robe to slip into and a private dressing area with individual lockers for personal items.

"Women are invited to linger afterward and bask in that calm and relaxed feeling that comes from having a massage," Constantine said. "They can sit in their robes and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee. We can even provide a warm blanket to curl up in."

There is a separate area for men's massage with a room that is comfortable and relaxing. With different entrances for the men's and women's massage areas, privacy is assured.

The Wellness Center features licensed massage therapists who each have more than 12 years experience, according to Constantine. Therapists tailor their massages to meet the individual needs of each person.

"A lot of people feel more comfortable getting a massage at a hospital," she said. "There is a trust factor because the focus here is on health. Some of the clients who come for regular massages have arthritis or other health issues, and they feel confident knowing that their individual needs will be met."

Holiday Specials

Special pricing on a holiday package is available through December 31. The Rejuvenation Package includes six 50-minute sessions of your choice (Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, or sports) for $270.

She suggested that mothers and daughters, sisters, or girlfriends could create a special holiday outing around a massage. Get a massage together and combine it with a special lunch out or some shopping before or after, she said.

Massages are offered by appointment at the Washington Wellness Center on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the week, massages are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To learn more about the holiday packages or to schedule a massage, call (510) 608-1301.

It Feels Great

"A massage simply feels great," Constantine said. "It also offers a number of health benefits depending on the type of massage. We offer the whole gamut, from Swedish to hot rocks."

The Swedish massage uses long, fluid strokes and deep, circular motions to reduce tension, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension.

The sports massage is similar to the Swedish massage but is more for client's who work out frequently or are involved in sports. It helps improve flexibility, and prevent or treat injuries.

Deep tissue massage works deep into the muscle to help ease and release muscular tension. It uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissue.

The pregnancy massage is for expectant mothers. It helps alleviate back pain and aids circulation, providing some relief from the discomfort of pregnancy.

Therapeutic massage integrates neuromuscular therapy and reflexology with Swedish strokes to help relax and restore balance to the body.

The hot rock massage helps the muscles relax. Hot rocks are strategically placed in certain areas like the neck and spine.

The foot reflexology is a gentle massage of the foot that helps to relieve tension.

"You can give the gift of relaxation by giving a massage this holiday season," Constantine said. "With work and family pressures, most women would say that is priceless."

Make a Massage Appointment Today!

To make a massage appointment or purchase a massage gift certificate, please call the Washington Wellness Center at (510) 608-1301. The Wellness Center is located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont, Suite 150.

For information about other services offered at the Washington Women's Center, visit www.whhs.com/womenscenter.