Television shows can have you believing that pretty much everybody is having
facelifts and other surgical procedures that can improve your appearance. Thatís
one way to go, but surgery isnít for everybody. It isnít for most people,
actually. Many people donít even have a desire for surgery because itís
expensive, takes a lot of time and letís face it, who wants surgery if itís not
People need to remember that there are many ways to improve
your appearance. Good nutrition, drinking plenty of water and getting regular
exercise are some of the keys. But another way to improve not just your
appearance but also your health is to have regular massages.
Massage therapy can cleanse, purify and hydrate your skin.
It enhances the appearance of your facial skin by improving your complexion,
giving your face a fresher look. Massage is also very relaxing. When youíre able
to relax, some of the worry lines arenít so obvious; you may not feel worried
enough to make those lines appear! Many massage therapy advocates also say that
massage is good for the immune system. And they may be onto something. When
youíre able to relax and forget about the stress in your life, your body does
function better overall.
Late winter is a wonderful time to take advantage of the
relaxing environment of a spa. Weíre all getting a little tired of the weather,
and dry winter air can wreak havoc on your skin.
The types of massage services they offer include:
- Relaxation massage Uses long, slow strokes to
- Deep tissue massage Flushes out deeper levels of
toxins in muscle tissue and smoothes out kinks and wrinkles in connective
- Sports massage This is especially beneficial for
ďregular exercisers and weekend warriors.Ē Therapists remove post-sports toxin
build-up during vigorous stroking.
- Medical massage Specific techniques are used to
help people who have certain medical conditions. Massage can help relieve
fibromyalgia symptoms, for example, and many other symptoms as well.
- Pregnancy massage For women past their third
trimester who have medical clearance from their doctors.
- Chair massage If youíre trying to save time, you
can dash in for quick chair massage. No disrobing is necessary. Chair massage
therapists can even come to you.
- Cooling moonstone facial massage Uses a
combination of facial massage techniques and cool stones.
Looking for ways to get a massage at lower cost?
It can cost a lot of money to go to a spa and get a professional massage on
a routine basis. If you can afford it, thatís nice, but there are other ways.
Massage for couples You and your spouse or partner
can take a massage workshop together. After that initial cost, you then know how
to give yourselves massages at no cost at all. Often, massage schools give these
kinds of workshops. Visit the American Massage Therapy Association
to find the school nearest you. Donít forget the other benefit of massage for
couplesóitís a wonderful way to connect at the end of a long day.
Massage schools: Many times, students of massage
offer reduced rates via programs at their massage schools.
Negotiating lower rates: Sometimes, if you agree to
have a certain number of massages, a therapist will agree to lower the rate.