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New Year, New You!

December 22nd, 2012 • Posted by Ann Marie Tipton • Permalink

It's that time of year again... NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS! Everyone likes a fresh start and most people make New Year's resolutions in order to improve themselves whether it be improvement of the mind or body. My question is: Why not make one of your resolutions something that improves your mind AND body? Massage therapy reaps dozens of benefits for your body's muscles and circulation, as well as benefiting your peace of mind by relief of stress.

When making your list this year, do not just think about going to the gym consistently to lose weight, but also think about how your body could react to this change of lifestyle by pushing yourself mentally and physically at the gym. Massage is an excellent addition for anyone's workout regimen. When the body goes through new changes and muscles are being excercised that are not used to being worked out, those muscles become sore and swollen, no pain no gain, right? In order for those sore muscles to completely repair and continue improvement, the body needs lots of stretching and muscles need release of tension so that they can grow properly and improve one's metabolism. That is where massage therapy comes in! Not only are you treating yourself to a relaxing massage, but you are also helping yourself complete your personal goals with your body by giving them the proper treatment that they need to improve. Another reason massage therapy is a great resolution if you intend on starting an intense workout plan is because it can be a motivator for your commitment and determination at they gym. I used to always treat myself with a pedicure every two weeks if I stuck to my plan, but recently switched my motivating treat to massage therapy because of the benefits and improvement it makes on my own body.

At Select Massage, we have a wide variety of services to cater to our client's needs. Deep tissue can strongly benefit sore muscles by applying medium to hard pressure in order to get rid of tight knots inside muscles. Also, sports massage is an excellent choice for clients who need intense stretching after a long week at the gym. Whichever the client chooses, they will be guaranteed to feel relieved and relaxed after their appointments. When you think of the new year of 2013, consider adding monthly massage sessions to your list, you will thank yourself for your commitment later.

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Anonymous says:
January 15, 2013 at 4:37 AM
Massage Therapy can be a profitable career however it can take years to build a successful practice. You must really like people and be able to separate yourself from others emotions (like a nurse or a doctor). Working in a spa can afford you a steady income and benefits but not the same income as private practice. What you can charge for a massage varies greatly by town/city/state/region.It is a very strenuously job, and most people only stay in the field for 5-8 years due to burnout or injury.I would recommend that if you are interested that find out if any massage schools in your area hold discovery workshops in which you get a one-day crash course.I love my career and don't regret entering it at all, but I would recommend that you look into it seriously before you make the schooling commitment.

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Tis' the Season for Giving... and Recieving!

November 16th, 2012 • Posted by Ann Marie Tipton • Permalink

Happy Holidays Readers!

It's that time of year again, HOLIDAY SEASON! Traditional American holidays this time of year bring several joys including turkey dinners, excessive shopping, cookie baking, family bonding, fun decor and that overwhelming sense of satisfying relief when you complete your Christmas list. This year, Select Massage would like to lend you a helping hand to ease the difficulty of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Forget about horrid Wal-Mart trips in the middle of the night, raging mall traffic, crazy shoppers and lines that wrap around the Best Buy building... thrice. Purchasing a Select Massage gift card is not only simplistic for the giver, but a gift card for a massage or other spa service will benefit the gift reciever's health, beauty and well being.

Everyone could agree that this time of year brings on the most stress due to intense holiday and end of year preparation, especially for the woman of the household. Your friends and family will love you forever for giving them a gift that relieves stress and tension. Worried that a massage is not tangible enough for a Christmas gift? The definition of tanigible is "perceptible by touch," which means a massage gift card is right up your alley because massage therapy is all about releasing tension in your muscles and helping the flow of circulation BY TOUCH from your licensed massage therapist. Select Massage has made purchasing gift cards accessible from your home computer. By going to, our customers can view and create the different options for gift cards. Also, our customers have the ability to purchase these gift cards online and send them to their desired recipients, all from your home computer or smart phone.

What are you waiting for? Visit our website to begin the shopping frenzy and do not hesitate to call our spa with any questions or concerns. (866) 977-7228.

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Anonymous says:
December 7, 2012 at 8:17 AM
Most requested magsase does vary by region. Kellydran1 listed myofascial release trigger point as popular in her area. Folks in my region hate both so I rarely ever use it. If you want to get a job instead of working for yourself, there are two good options for employment, spas or medical clinics like chiropractors and acupuncturists.Relaxing Swedish magsase with hot stones is very popular in spas. Medical magsase such as neuromuscular and myoskeletal alignment techniques are perfect for medical clinics. You can go to work right out of school doing Swedish. You will probably need additional training after school to learn the medical work, unless you find a school that specializes in it.Most schools aren't in the business of helping you learn magsase. They take your money to prepare you for the licensing exams but not much more.I've included some links to articles that discuss the most popular types of magsase. Good luck in your search!

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Massage Therapy and Water Retention

October 12th, 2012 • Posted by Ann Marie Tipton • Permalink

Greetings Readers!

As stated in our last blog from Select Massage, massage therapy offers several health and wellness benefits. Some of these benefits can be experienced immediately during the session, and other benefits arrive over time after a few sessions. One interesting benefit I have discovered through research and personal experience is the decrease in water retention through therapeutic massage!

Water retention is usually a larger issue for women and within warm climates; however, most people retain water without realizing. Water retention can best be described as edema which is when your body is holding high amounts of fluid, resulting in bloating. Surprisingly, the main cause of water retention is from dehydration; therefore, people experiencing bloating should drink more water to prevent water retention.

The question you are probably asking yourself is, "How does getting a relaxing massage actually decrease water retention?" Massage is a way for your muscles to communicate with your nervous system. This communication consists of messages to the muscles, telling them to 'let go and relax.' While this is happening, your body's circulation increases and helps drain tissues of excess fluid accumulation. When speaking with your massage therapist, inform them if you are experiencing water retention and they will work with you and inform you to drink a couple of glasses of water after the session to help release the trapped fluids.

I hope this information has led to you making the right decision to book your next massage this weekend to experience deep relaxation and decrease water retention. CALL 866-977-7228

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Anonymous says:
October 31, 2012 at 5:07 AM
First of all, your sister needs to take a step back and btrheae! As a certified massage therapist (and state certified massage instructor) I can assure you that this is a legitimate career.I've worked in this field, happily, full time since 1999. Part of that time I carried my household financially (until I married a great guy in 2004). Living in Southern California, owning my own home, I can assure you, the money is there WITHOUT crossing any lines of professional behavior.If you have good training this career is easy on your body despite what someone else indicated. Body mechanics are the key to avoiding problems with your own body.Some of the benefits of this career include the ability to work for yourself if you prefer, set your own hours, and work only a few hours a day for excellent money.One of my recent students is 21 and has a 14 month old son. She completed her basic studies (including anatomy and physiology which are not really that hard) and she is just finishing up her intern hours now. She has a few elective courses to complete and then she'll be certified.She's already been offered more than one job whens he certifies including one starting at $55 an hour. Believe it or not, for private clients that's a little low.Yes, day spas, chiropractors, physical therapists and gyms give you the smallest cut of the pie (so to speak) but if you find good ones, they'll allow you to build a private clientele also which is where the real money and flexibility comes in.I work part time for 2 chiropractors one of them I come in 2 afternoons a week for only about 2 hours at a time. The other I'm only there one afternoon every other week because this is what has worked for me. We'll be trying something new in 2007 and I'll be there one morning a week for 4 hours.Those jobs are low paying' in the field I only make $30 an hour. I've worked at day spas for that price also, but currently don't have the time.My private appointments take up many evenings. I choose to take off Friday afternoon until Sunday morning as my weekend and I take Tuesday off usually. My private clientele pays anywhere from $70 $120 an hour depending on the location (my location or commuting to them) and depending on modality Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy etc.You work your hours around your child and child care situation. You are paid by private clients at the time of each session so there's a lot of cash flow in the business. Admittedly spas and the like usually pay twice a month.Many clients give tips even at spas and medical offices so again, it helps with the cash flow if money is tight. My 21 year old student uses her tips to pay for the gas to get where she's got to be (currently at the school clinic), so she's not usually out anything even tho each school requires their students to participate in a clinic for practical experience.I hope this information is helpful to you. Don't hestitate to contact me if you have more questions.

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