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Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Wish List?

September 24, 2013

Autumn can be a hectic time of year. Fitting a relaxing massage into your schedule may be just the break you need to feel rejuvenated. The Washington Wellness Center features a variety of massage packages that can offer a moment of peace and relaxation for you or another busy person in your life.

"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 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."

Real Men Get Massages

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.
Massages aren't just for spa day, they are also for real men who work hard and want to relax. Whether you sit at a desk or lift heavy objects, a good massage can make stiff muscles feel so much better.

"A lot of men don't think of pampering themselves with something like a massage," said Constantine. "A massage is more than just an indulgence. It offers a number of health benefits."

In addition to feeling absolutely fantastic, massage can calm the nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help to improve blood circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, which aids the immune system, and prevent and relieve muscle cramps and spasms.

Regular massage can help to prevent sports injuries and improve flexibility for better athletic performance. It also triggers the release of endorphins, which help with pain. So if you experience back pain or a stiff neck, massage can help in a lot of ways.

"So many men sit in front of a computer all day, which can really take a toll on your neck and back," Constantine stated. "Massage can help you feel better after a long day at the office. Research also indicates that regular massage can help to lower blood pressure."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in three adults have high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.

"If you have a stressful job or you are a busy dad, massage is a very enjoyable way to do something for your health," she added.
A 2010 study from Sweden showed that even hand and foot massage can significantly lower your heart rate, cortisol level, and insulin level, which lowers stress.

It Feels Great

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

"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.