Archive for March, 2013

Soak It Up

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

This week’s blog contains an article from Body Sense magazine’s Spring edition. After a massage what do you take with you besides the after glow of wonderful bodywork?   This article explains what else you should take away from your massage.

Sugar Scrub for Spring

Posted on March 22nd, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

The calendar says it’s Spring..hooray. Let’s celebrate. It’s time to rid your feet and hands of the dead skin cells that has been with you all winter. You know what I’m talking about, the crusty, crackly, tough heel that feels like it can cut you. Those dry scaly hands that no matter how often you moisturize they still feel dry. There is an easy solution. Come in the studio for a foot/hand scrub. This product is made right here in Baltimore. It will leave your hands and feet feeling refreshed as it sheds the dead skin restoring your hands and feet to silky smooth softness.

Give it a try. Rosemary Ginger Sugar scrub is also sold in the studio, along with a variety of HEALing Fields Whole Body Care products.

Reduce Stress Before Your Massage Session

Posted on March 15th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

To center myself before each client session I take several deep inhalations.This helps me prepare my mind and body to provide the best experience to each of my clients. While some come to their session centered and grounded many come frazzled from the stresses of the day. This week’s blog I’m offering ways you can help your mind prepare for your massage session. It all begins with the power of breath. If you’ve been on my table, you know that I start each session requesting you take a deep breath in and slowly exhaling. There’s a reason I do this. This helps clear the mind by bringing awareness to the body.

I invite you to try deep breathing prior to your arrival to your next massage session. It can be as simple as two or three deep slow breaths in through the mouth and out through the mouth or nose, whichever is your preference. Then ask yourself how are you feeling? More peaceful? Grounded? Balanced? By preparing your mind and body this will help push the stress out of your body making our time together much more effective and healing.

Why Does Touch Feel Good?

Posted on March 8th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

This week’s blog is an excerpt of ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork magazine.

Humans and other animals use touch to communicate, explore their environment, heal, learn, sense danger and more. On a monecular level, it is the least understood of all the senses. It is not know how these neurons respond to force. Our ability to sense touch is known to develop early and remain ever-present in our lives.

Recently, scientists discovered answers to some questions.

Q:Is direct skin to skin contact more effective than mechanized stroking?
A:Yes, the neural response to human touch is greater than similar touch with an inanimate object.

Q:Why does the same touch cause one person to cringe and pull away and another to breathe deeply and relax?
A:The hair on our skin makes our skin a social organ, processing social touch.

Some of the applied science studies on gentle touch had conclusive results. In a study at Univ. of Ill at Chicago, a team worked with patients with Multiple Sclerosis to reduce grip force. Excessive gripping is common in those with MS and results in fatigue. Gentle touch applied to the affected hand was shown to significantly reduce the grip force.

Shower Before a Massage? Oh YES

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

Today one of my regular clients asked if a shower should be taken before a massage session? My response? Absolutely. A shower or bath is always highly recommended before a massage. A clean body is easier for the oil/lotion to glide on. It’s also more pleasant for the therapist because unpleasant body odor and/or dirt are very distracting and makes giving a wonderful massage more challenging. Clean feet are also part of this equation; this applies during the summer months when flip flops are worn.

So, yes…bathe prior to your session. You want to get your monies worth and showering is one step closer to that goal.


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