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December 10, 2013 > Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Gift List?

Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Gift List?

Washington Wellness Center Offers Holiday Package

Consider putting a relaxing massage on your holiday gift list this holiday season. Massages make great presents and offer respite after a busy day of shopping. The Washington Wellness Center is featuring a special 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 CenterÕs licensed massage therapists each have more than 12 yearsÕ experience. Therapists tailor their massages to meet the individual needs of each person.
ÒThe Wellness Center is a comfortable place to enjoy a personalized massage,Ó she added. ÒIf you would like to be pampered in a spa-like setting that offers fresh robes, a private dressing area and individual lockers, Washington Wellness Center is the place for you.Ó

The Wellness Center is more than just a place to get a massage.

"Women are invited to linger after their treatment and bask in that calm and relaxed feeling that comes from having a massage," Constantine said. "Guests 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 men's massage area that is also welcoming and relaxing. Separate entrances for the men's and women's massage areas assure privacy.

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

It Feels Great

"A massage simply feels great," Constantine said. "It is designed to relieve stress and is customized to your specific needs. We offer the whole gamut of treatments, from Swedish to hot stone massages."

Swedish massage uses long, fluid strokes and deep, circular motions to reduce tension, improve circulation and alleviate stress and stiffness in the body.

Sports massage is similar to a Swedish massage, but it is designed for clients who work out frequently or are involved in sports. This massage combines broad strokes, direct pressure and stretching to help improve flexibility, cleanse lactic acid buildup from the muscles and rejuvenate the body.

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. Through deep tissue, the bodyÕs balance is restored.

Pregnancy massage is for expectant mothers. A prenatal massage consists of specialized techniques of Swedish massage that safely addresses low back pain, shoulder stress, swelling and balance issues common with pregnancy. It also encourages circulation, providing some relief from the discomfort of pregnancy.

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

Hot Stone MassageÊuses water-heated, smooth, flat stones that are placed on key points on the body. The massage therapist may also hold the stones and use them with warm oil to gently glide over muscles. Hot stone massage promotes deep muscle and tissue relaxation, alleviates stress and releases toxins. It also relieves pain, improves circulation, and calms the psyche.

Reflexology is a gentle massage of the foot that helps to relieve tension and can have a positive impact on all areas and systems of the body.

"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.
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.

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.

Massages are offered by appointment only 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 this holiday package, or to schedule a massage, call (510) 608-1301.

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