As the New Year approaches we are reminded another year has passed, and many people resolve to make positive changes in the coming year: lose weight, break a bad habit, stop smoking, etc. Even positive changes can create stress, which makes sticking to your resolutions more difficult. Massage therapy is a fantastic way to combat the physical and mental stresses of some of these life changes, and is also an effective way to reinforce and reward positive accomplishments in the same way. Many of our clients rely on weekly massage therapy sessions to maintain their health and sanity, and they come from all walks of life. Here are a few of their stories.
Rachael and Emily, a very special mother-daughter pair of clients in Fullerton, utilize our in-home massage therapy service to share downtime after a busy week operating their business. Both are extremely busy working long hours during the week (including weekends), and find their performance suffers when they become too tense and overloaded. Their working environment is very demanding and, at times, adversarial. “Sometimes it’s like the massages are the only times we can stand to be in the same room with each other”, says Emily. Rachael enjoys a more relaxing Swedish massage whereas Emily prefers deep tissue work to work out the knots in her back and shoulders. On occasion, they’ll have Tranquility Massage provide chair massage at their office when things are particularly stressful, or to celebrate the completion of a particularly difficult job.
This year, we were contacted by a couple in Riverside who now schedule weekly couples massage to unwind and rejuvenate. Matt is a contractor, and Teresa is busy at home with their children and elderly father. Both enjoy massage therapy, but cannot easily find time to leave the home to enjoy it together. Their situation requires one be available to watch kids while the other receives their massage, so we utilize our back-to-back couples massage. It works out better at night for them, and Matt can roll right off the massage table and in to bed for a great night’s sleep.
Perhaps the best example of massage-as-a-reward is Carl from Rancho Cucamonga. Carl loves massage therapy, but made a resolution at the beginning of 2011 to cut back on expenses and save more for retirement. He had a membership with a prominent massage therapy outlet, but found he didn’t always get the massages when they were available, and didn’t want to leave the house to get them for fear of being tempted to spend money on other things while he was out. He set-up milestones for his savings goals and cut out many of his expenses, but allowed himself an in-home massage when each milestone was reached. We don’t know what his goals are, but Carl enjoyed 8 in-home massage therapy sessions in 2011. Congratulations Carl!
As 2012 looms and you decide to face the stress and anxiety of some tough New Year’s resolutions, consider giving our in-home massage therapy a try. Our massage therapists come to you when your schedule permits, and our rates are very often less than you’d pay at a walk-in spa. You’ll enjoy a personalized massage from a professional massage therapist who will be devoted entirely to your massage, on your terms and on your turf, without the worry of having to face traffic afterwards. You’ll find facing those difficult resolutions a much more relaxing and rewarding prospect ion 2012!
As part of our year-end massage performance evaluation, we re-visit various events that occurred throughout the year so we can improve and plan for the next. With all it’s economic turmoil, 2011 has been a good year for massage therapy, and Tranquility Massage has undergone growth in some expected and unexpected ways. In both cases, its always wise to review your successes (and, yes, failures) to realize the best you can be. In keeping with this sometimes painful management exercise, we would like to reflect on the highlights of 2011.
Couple’s massage was a year-round hit. Normally most popular during the spring and summer months, our couple’s massage business remained very popular throughout the year – particularly in vacation and resort spots such as Anaheim, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, and several other spots in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Much of this was at hotels and inns in these areas, and many clients were either new or returning from out of town. Couple’s massage is a superb way to enjoy togetherness when vacationing, but it wasn’t only vacations these travelers were on. Many were here on business or for personal non-vacation reasons. One thing’s for sure – 2011 didn’t put a damper on the desire for togetherness!
Our chair massage services were particularly in demand this year, both for conventions and other business related events, and for regular business wellness programs as well. Anaheim, Irvine, and Los Angeles were the top performers in these areas, and we even got requests for our chair massage therapy services at some types of businesses we hadn’t expected. Chair massage is particularly effective for administering performance boosting massage therapy in professional situations where a table massage may not be feasible. On the convention side, vendors at several events this year utilized Tranquility Massage to capture a larger number of visitors at their exhibits, and we even had a speaker at one week-long seminar in Anaheim utilize Tranquility Massage’s in-room hotel massage therapy service to keep him conditioned for his marathon presentation.
During the summer vacation months, we had a very large demand for our poolside massage therapy services for various professional and family events. Several in Yorba Linda, Coto de Caza, Huntington Beach, Balboa, and one right on the beach in Dana Point. Tranquility Massage usually sets up a nice shady tent with suitable relaxing music (some like Hawaiian, others reggae – it’s all client’s preference) and a full massage table – often two or more depending on the size of the event. Clients merely hop on in their suits, enjoy a relaxing massage in a resort setting and get their suntan oil or sunscreen applied all at once. Need more after a dip in the pool? No problem! Massage therapists are a definite hit at these types of events, and we always look forward to adding to the fun and enjoyment.
Our sports massage therapy and pregnancy massage therapy services also saw spikes in the summer months, particularly in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Yorba Linda. Sports massage therapy is normally utilized by professional athletes for maintaining peak physical conditioning and athletic performance, but it also sees a large following with very athletic people from all walks of life. From professional football and baseball players, to surfers, triathletes, and even martial arts instructors, Tranquility Massage has been fortunate to work with wide variety of clients in this area this year. Pregnancy massage therapy was also up this year, due in large part to referrals from past clients to newly expecting family members – with one client in Laguna Hills returning with her second pregnancy! Its definitely good to see that pregnancies and interest in healthy moms and babies is in good standing.
We’ve added new massage therapists in Riverside, Corona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, and several other spots in Los Angeles and Riverside counties to better serve clients in those areas. These therapists are professionals in various modalities ranging from Swedish and deep tissue massage therapy to more specialized pregnancy massage and medical massage therapy, and all are dedicated to providing our clients with the utmost in relaxing, rejuvenating, and rewarding mobile massage therapy. We’re excited and grateful to have them working with us!
As we reflect on 2011 and plan for 2012, we would also like to thank all of our clients, suppliers, staff, and massage therapists for all of your professionalism, effort, and support, and we look forward to continuing our growth and YOUR health in the New Year!
As the 2011 holiday season fast approaches, businesses and families alike are marking the occasion with a wide variety of gatherings, and Tranquility Massage has been fortunate to be invited to provide mobile massage therapy at several of them. This year we’ve provided holiday cheer with soothing massage therapy complimented by a selection of relaxing classic holiday music and scents.
Holiday parties are the norm at many businesses this time of year, and though we’ve seen some reductions due to the prevailing economic environment, we’re also seen some very creative adaptations. A small post-production company in Irvine, CA had Tranquility Massage provide employees with relaxing chair massage therapy at their holiday soiree. Apparently the employees were presented with a budget for the holiday party and elected to host it at the company’s main office. Catering and music were provided on-site, and the staff did a remarkable job of transforming the venue into a warm holiday retreat. The company purchases Tranquility Massage gift certificates for the employees each holiday season, leaving the individuals free to take advantage of their massage therapy gift anytime throughout the year they need it most.
A small but busy group of legal professionals dealing with a difficult deadline in Newport Beach pooled their resources and gifted an on-site massage for one of their very busy managing partners. Tranquility Massage provided in-office clothed table massage with relaxing holiday music, enabling her to relax and rejuvenate without a large dent in her schedule.
Family holiday events are also finding massage therapy beneficial. A young expecting couple in Yorba Linda spent long hours preparing for a combination house warming-baby shower-Christmas gathering. Both are very grateful for the blessings they’ve received this year, and have worked very hard to share their excitement with their family. Recognizing the preparations were taking a toll, the husband hired Tranquility Massage mobile massage therapists to provide soothing pregnancy massage to his expecting wife. The service was such a hit, the family brought us back to provide her with massage therapy during the weekend-long event, and even purchased gift certificates to see her through her term, as well as providing post-natal massage therapy to keep her comfortable and relaxed after the birth (although we’re fairly certain the husband will need a massage or two before they settle-in with a new baby).
Tranquility Massage has been blessed with many wonderful opportunities throughout 2011 to bring peace, comfort, health, and relaxation to many, many people, and we are truly grateful for each and every one. This year we have been fortunate add new clients and massage therapists in Orange County, Los Angeles, and now in Riverside County. In the year to come, we look forward to continuing our relationship with our many valuable clients, massage therapists, and friends, and hope to become a healthy, caring, and restful part of your life as well.
Happiest and healthiest holiday wishes from all of us at Tranquility Massage!
Irvine is unique among Orange County communities. With it’s active and academic population fueling a strong business community, Irvine maintains a plethora of industrial and corporate centers, beautiful gated communities, and centralized shopping districts in one of the most beautifully manicured settings in Orange County. As a master planned city, Irvine’s business, shopping, and residential areas are well segregated which leave it’s residential areas free of unsightly industrial complexes, and it’s businesses free to conduct business without upsetting their residential neighbors. However, the layout can make trips to local shopping centers a long and crowded affair.
Many of our residential massage clients in Irvine cite convenience as theprimary reason they originally tried Tranquility Massage. A regular client in the upscale Northgate community pointed out that it takes her up to 45 minutes to leave her home and community to drive to the local Irvine massage spa and find a parking space. Waiting her turn for a massage may take up to 15 minutes more. One time at the spa she said she wanted an extra 30 minutes for her deep tissue massage, but was told she would have to make another appointment – somewhat frustrating.
The ironic part is that her home is beautifully decorated, and she keeps a large variety of tropical house plants around her home – a perfect setting for her own personal massage spa. Tranquility Massage enables her to enjoy personalized and professional massage therapy without leaving this beautiful setting. In addition, she loves music with a classical or ambient flavor, and can leave it playing during and after her massage. She also enjoys aromatherapy which lingers in her home well after the massage is complete, allowing her to extend her physical and mental relaxation by keeping the entire spa experience at home. She loves the service so much, she’s created her own personal jungle where she has her massage therapy!
We have two massage therapy clients in the beautiful Turtle Rock community in southern Irvine (one who enjoys sports massage therapy after his run through Turtle Rock trail), three that live in the beautiful Marquee Park Place towers, and many living in apartment communities throughout Irvine. Each has shared their delight at saving an hour or more away from their busy lives while still enjoying the healthful and relaxing benefits of massage therapy.
Tranquility Massage has several professional massage therapists that serve the Irvine area. Some specialize in specific types of massage therapy such as pregnancy massage or geriatric massage, others in sports massage therapy and deep tissue massage. All of them share a devotion to providing the utmost in massage therapy and convenience. Just the same, an important part of our business is ensuring our clients received service they were enthralled with. We frequently hear how much they enjoy getting professional massage therapy at home, often for less than they would pay at a spa. However, Irvine massage clients almost always tell us how wonderful it is to enjoy relaxing right at home and having time to do more. Stories like theirs are what Tranquility Massage is all about.
Our massage therapists have been busy in Yorba Linda through July and August thus far. There has been a lot of interest in our summertime poolside massage therapy service for several family gatherings, and one new client who merely enjoys getting his sports therapy massage poolside, sometimes before beginning an intense triathlon training swim.
One thing about Yorba Linda is the presence of so many beautiful homes and estates – many with very healthy outdoor living spaces equipped with beautiful pools, patios, and landscaping. These areas are perfect for outdoor relaxation and rejuvenation, and massage therapy is most effective in these natural settings. When a client has the benefit of such an environment, we strongly recommend outdoor massage in the summertime or anytime the weather permits! Higher oxygen levels, the relaxing sounds of the outdoors, and a deeper connection with nature all enhance the massage experience.
Not all Yorba Linda clients have the benefit of such an environment, which doesn’t diminish the benefit of massage therapy one bit. One client, living in a small but attractive apartment complex, is quite allergic to pollens and dusts and prefers her massage indoors where she maintains a purified air environment. She manages beautifully to enjoy the sounds of nature by using her favorite environmental music as well as aromatherapy to bring nature indoors for her massage.
Aside from the beautiful outdoor living areas Yorba Linda residents are blessed with, many engage in parties and entertaining guests from home. We were pleased to have two massage therapists provide table massage services to one bridal shower and two separate birthdays as well.
The bridal shower was interesting because one therapist was indoors and the other was out by the pool, so guests had a choice of either indoor or outdoor massage. By the way, our gift to the bride was a complimentary couple’s massage after their honeymoon was over. She told us they may never use it because they plan on making the honeymoon last forever! Now that really would be ‘living graciously’!
Of all the communities Tranquility Massage Serves, Irvine is quite unique. Irvine is a master planned community in it’s entirety with a rich history of agriculture, education, business, industry, and cultural diversity. As a master planned city, it consists of very carefully (and beautifully!) orchestrated and segregated housing communities, shopping centers, and business districts. The ‘up’ side to all this is the appearance of these areas is beautifully consistent. There are no ‘unsightly’ industrial areas in view (or earshot) of the residences, businesses are free to engage in industrial activities without irritating the residents, and shopping centers enjoy a high concentration of shoppers.
The ‘down’ side is that venturing out from a home deep in a beautiful gated community to drive across town to a crowded shopping center is likely to be a stressful and inconvenient affair. If you work in Irvine, just think about lunchtime there and you get the idea. For a relaxing and rejuvenating massage, it’s a completely counterproductive effort. As a mobile massage therapy service, we’re accustomed to navigating the streets and communities of Irvine. Doing so after massage therapy is not the most effective way to relax and/or make productive use of time, and it certainly isn’t conducive to experiencing the highest quality massage possible.
That’s why Irvine is a terrific example of how our mobile massage therapists really enhance the massage experience for Irvine residents. The negative experiences of leaving home, driving, waiting, and ‘snapping-out’ of deep relaxation to brave all that to get back home is completely eliminated, leaving the client to remain at home in a blissful, relaxed state – even to fall asleep if one chooses! Many of our Irvine clients remark how glad they are they don’t have to fight crowds and cars after their massage is complete.
Something we haven’t heard before came from a relatively new client living in an apartment community by the Irvine Spectrum. She’s an active professional that leads a very busy social life after hours. She gets weekly deep tissue massage therapy, usually right after work, “so she can have more time to party and relax with her friends when they go clubbing”. In fact, she’ll occasionally have a friend over for a couple’s massage before they take off to Los Angeles to meet up with friends for the weekend.
Another Irvine client operates a financial planning service from her home and finds it difficult to find the time to break away from her work, so she gets an in-home Swedish massage for herself to take the edge off of her day. She even gives our massage gift certificates to her clients when they achieve important financial goals.
Businesses throughout Irvine use our chair massage services to bring relaxation and wellbeing into the workplace through regular on-site massage therapy, health fairs, and special corporate events across industries ranging from legal and financial to video post-production, marketing, and manufacturing. Irvine housing communities use our poolside massage service for summer community events. As far as Orange County communities go, few utilize such a wide array of our massage therapy services as Irvine does, and we’re very grateful to be a part of Irvine’s high quality of life.
We got a call from a competition surfer from Huntington Beach earlier this week, looking for sports massage therapy. He was practicing down at the Wedge in Newport Beach and managed to tweak a muscle in his lower back. After seeing some of the maneuvers these guys pull off, it’s easy to see how. Surfing is a demanding sport, with unique extremes. Calm, tranquil, and ‘laid-back’ one minute; rough, unpredictable, and physically demanding the next – often with little warning in between.
In addition, Surfers will spend long periods of time partially submerged in water that is substantially cooler than body temperature, which can lead to decreased blood circulation when there’s a crucial need for it – such as dropping in on a good wave. Another counter-intuitive factor is dehydration. It’s hard to think of an ocean as a desert, but that’s exactly what it is – an ocean of SALT water. With the blazing sun beating down and difficult access to drinkable water (AND the fact surfers are dripping wet which masks sweat), it’s way too easy for dehydration to go unnoticed.
Surfers know the importance of warm-ups and stretching, but are also famous for toughing-out their injuries. In this surfer’s case, a bad drop-in ended up in a strain of the quadratus lumborum (an important muscle in the lower back that helps twist the upper torso). The strain luckily wasn’t severe, but it was definitely tight. Sports massage therapy is generally not appropriate for application where a soft tissue injury is recent, Accordingly, he received a sports massage to help condition his non-injured muscles for future surfing, with a deep tissue/Swedish massage therapy modification to that quadratus lumborum to help reduce the swelling and restore range of motion.
One thing that amazes many of our clients is a massage therapist’s ability to ‘read’ the muscles of the body and find exactly where the strain is without much guidance from the client. Often times the massage therapist can see what areas of the body need careful attention merely by observing the way a client is standing, sitting, or lying. It’s also important to note that the therapist will only apply therapies that are comfortable for the client and appropriate for the condition.
Despite all the news about the federal budget and stock market troubles, we’re happy to report our mobile massage therapy is in high demand this summer! We’re very grateful for all the compliments we’ve received over the past few weeks, and that so many people get so much peace, health, and satisfaction from Tranquility Massage. Today, we’d like to share a story from the field that warmed our hearts (sorry, no summer pun intended!).
A family of 5 from northern California stayed at the Anaheim resort last week. They had their elderly father with them (VERY heartwarming to see a family make the effort to include him!), and after a day of activity at Disneyland and taking turns caring for him, they were quite exhausted – even the 13 year old. Grandpa was having problems with his legs, knees, and feet, and regularly suffered from RLS, or “restless leg syndrome” (more on RLS here) which frequently kept him up at night.
We got a call from them (we’ll get a testimonial from them soon) later in the evening and were able to get a massage therapist to their hotel within the hour. They did their homework, and asked for references before they agreed to use us, and we were able to give them enough to satisfy their concerns.
Grandpa was the happy recipient of 90 minutes of soothing geriatric massage with some deep tissue modifications for his legs and feet. He fell asleep on the massage table, and was gently led straight to bed after his massage therapy. We got a call from grandpa the following day – he said he hadn’t slept so well in weeks, and that was WITHOUT his pain medication! We spoke with his daughter to make sure he speaks with his doctor about the possibility of massage therapy as an alternative to the medications he’s taking, and will help them locate a bay-area massage therapist in the future. He is a very sweet gentleman and we were very pleased to help make him comfortable with us in Orange County.
Summer wouldn’t be complete without all the outings at the beach, theme parks, family gatherings, sports, and of course, travel. Throughout all the activities we engage in, we are absolutely dependent on our silent and obedient partners – our muscles. When you think about it, it’s amazing just how dependent we are on our muscles for wholesome, healthy living, working, and summer fun. Thats why Tranquility Massage focuses on providing muscle friendly, pain relieving massage therapy where people need it most – where they live, work, and play.
Our muscles frequently get sore after periods of intense and/or sustained physical activity, but the soreness doesn’t always have the same character. The reason involves the level of damage the muscle tissue (including cells, nerves, blood vessels, etc.) sustains from the activity.
It’s important to note that muscles are ‘damaged’ during normal day-to-day use. It’s the healing process that leads to increases in strength, endurance, range of motion, flexibility, and other life improving benefits. Therefore, some level of controlled muscular ‘damage’ can be beneficial (“controlled muscular damage” = exercise!). Massage therapy can be an effective, satisfying, and drug-free part of both the exercise and healing processes.
Muscle soreness can be generally defined in two basic categories. Muscle strains involve stiffness, swelling, bruising, and excruciating pain that is usually apparent immediately after injury, and may require a doctor’s care and/or physical therapy if severe enough. Although severe muscle strains may require a doctor’s care, massage therapy can effectively reduce pain and swelling, and may also aid in faster healing of many muscle strain (more on this in a later posting).
We’re all (hopefully) more familiar with the delayed feeling of pain and stiffness that occurs 24 to 72 hours after some form of healthy activity, known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or “DOMS”. DOMS results from micro tears in the muscle tissues sustained during elevated physical activity, and can lead many people to avoid physical activities or take liver-damaging medications, neither of which is conducive to a healthy lifestyle (by the way, ALWAYS consult your doctor before taking any medication). That dull, lingering pain you get the morning after an active day at the beach is DOMS in action. This is where massage therapy shines (checkout this article from Medicine.net on DOMS and massage).
Mobile massage therapy is perfectly suited to address the pain and stiffness of DOMS for several reasons. First, massage helps counter the discomfort of DOMS by increasing blood flow to the affected muscles and releasing muscle fiber binding and releasing toxins that inhibit healing. Second, massage therapy can actually stimulate muscle tissue growth which can help avoid future recurrences of DOMS. Third, massage does all this without using medications that only mask the underlying causes of DOMS and can lead to further muscle damage (see more about this from Scientific American here). Finally, the mobile massage therapist does it in the most convenient, comfortable, and effective environment possible.
Unfortunately, several studies have concluded there is no effective way to prevent the occurrence of DOMS, but this has been disputed. Some say stretching or cardio exercises have been effective in reducing DOMS, but results vary from person to person.
If you’re injured or in pain, driving around and waiting aren’t part of the solution. You want long term relief and you want it quick. Mobile massage therapy may be just the ticket to keep your summer from being a bummer because of DOMS.
During summertime activities, your muscles are working overtime under extreme conditions that can lead to aches, pains, and even serious injury from dehydration, muscle adhesions, and toxins stored within muscle tissue. To help avoid these summer fun-killers, start with the basics – hydrate before, during, and after physical activities. How does massage therapy fit in? Read on…
Tranquility Massage receives many calls from people who have injured themselves during casual physical efforts as well as extreme sporting – usually during colder weather when blood circulation is typically impaired. While massage therapy is ideal for preventing major muscular injuries, it may be too late after the injury has already occurred. One of the most important things you can do to prevent injury is to hydrate.
As you play hard, the cells in your muscles produce metabolic wastes that can accumulate in muscle tissue. Without sufficient water to flush away those wastes, they can accumulate within the muscle tissue itself, leading to decreased flexibility and range of motion – prime conditions for injury. To help prevent the accumulation of those wastes, drink water or your favorite sports drink (fortified with essential electrolytes such as sodium and potassium) at least 30 minutes prior to engaging in summer activities. Maintain your hydration level during your summer activity by continuing to drink to replace what you lose through metabolism and perspiration, and continue to drink afterward as your heart rate and body temperature return to normal. Always drink an amount you’re comfortable with – never more. Also, don’t forget to have a restroom nearby!
Massage therapy prior to intense physical activity actually increases flushing of these metabolic wastes from muscle tissue. The massage therapist will apply a number of massage therapies to various muscle groups that can help avoid the accumulation of these toxins. Typically, 60 to 90 minutes of full-body sports therapy massage is most beneficial for those that regularly engage in intense physical activity. However, as little as 30 minutes of deep tissue massage therapy can provide enough conditioning to be a benefit – particularly if the activity involves lots of walking and standing (think a day at a theme park).
So remember, if you’ve got a day of fun in the sun in your future, stay hydrated to help flush those toxins and keep your muscles ready for action! For the most efficient and effective (and convenient!) way to flush those toxins, give Tranquility Massage mobile massage therapists a call. We’re where you need us most!
Coming up next, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). How massage therapy can help…