Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Massage Specials!!!

Between the hours of 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. I will be taking 15% off all gift certificate purchases. 

Gift Certificates can be purchased in my office or by phone.
404 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Happy Holidays!  

**Offer Not Valid on Massage Packages

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Black Friday

Massage Specials

Give the gift of relaxation without stressing yourself out.

Friday November 23, 2012
 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
I will be in the office selling and taking orders for Gift Certificates.

Black Friday Pricing:

1-60 Minute Integrated Massage Gift Certificates $59.50
3-60 Minute Integrated Massage  Gift Certificates $170.00

1-90 Minute Integrated Massage Gift Certificates $76.50
3- 90 Minute Integrated Massage Gift Certificates $230

Rock "n" Rub Gift Package   
2- 60 Minute Integrated Massage Gift Certificates 
1- 80 Minute Hot Stone Treatment Gift Certificate

See you Friday!
404 Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Order by phone

*Offer ONLY valid on Friday Nov. 23,2012 between 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Golden Heart Ranch Fundraiser

Golden Heart RanchTM is dedicated to building a life center residential community where special needs young adults can live, learn, and work side-by-side in a harmonious and caring environment that is emotionally and physically safe.

How does treating yourself to a healing and relaxing massage and giving to a wonderful charity at the same time sound to you?

All you have to do is come in between now and Sept. 30, 2012, and I will donate 20% of my proceeds to the Golden Heart RanchTM
*Including gift certificate proceeds.

Call Today to schedule your appointment 

"The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams,
 but in active charity and in willing service."  H.W. Longfellow



Friday, August 17, 2012

Why Massage?

Why Massage Therapy is Important?

Massage therapy is an invitation to reconnect with your body. It provides relief from common aches and pains that result from everyday life. Massage therapy also helps relieve common ailments such as chronic lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, pain caused by sciatic nerve restriction and tight Psoas muscles as well as TMJ syndrome. Massage therapy enhances your quality of life by reducing stress, improving circulation, flushing out toxins, boosting your immune system and providing you with a better awareness of your body. Your overall health and well being improves and your physical and mental stress levels decrease. In a nut shell massage therapy will help improve your quality of life.


Massage, one of the oldest forms of healing, has been practiced across the world, from India to Rome. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics depicted foot massage rituals on papyrus artifacts, and early writings on massage in China trace as far back as 3000 B.C. Massage was used in the U.S. during World War I to treat patients experiencing nerve injury and shell shock. Now recognized as a genuine form of healing, many states regulate massage therapy and require therapists to earn certificates and licenses in order to work and set up practices.

Stay healthy and relaxed with my Massage Packages

Integrated Massage
6 -60 minute sessions                               $325
(purchase 5, receive your 6th for free)

4- 60 minute sessions                               $235

2- 60 minute sessions                               $120

6- 90 minute sessions                               $425

(purchase 5, receive your 6th for free)
4 -90 minute sessions                               $315
2- 90 minute sessions                               $160

Deep Tissue Massage
6 -60 minute session                                $375
(purchase 5, receive your 6th for free) 

4 -60 minute session                                $280

Rock 'N' Rub

                                                          2- 60 minute Integrated Massages
                                                         1- 80 minute Hot Stone Treatment          $200 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tips on How To Receive a Massage

A Massage should be an enjoyable experience. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your next massage... 

  • Take a shower before the massage.
  • Go to the restroom before your massage.
  • Try allowing yourself to drift off into a semi-sleepy state at opportune moments.
  • When the therapist puts pressure on an area don't lift up to help just relax you won't need to help in any way unless you are asked.
  • Remember that it is easier for the therapist to work on you/ move the sheets around properly if you are naked and also clothing restricts energy flow and circulation. Don't be afraid to get naked it is appropriate.
  • Take your time getting up after your session is over.
  • Drink plenty of water after your massage.
  • Most therapists play music. Float away with the music. If you do not like the music or it is distracting for you, ask for the music to be shut off or changed. You can even bring your own.
  • Communicate. Do not be afraid to speak up and say what you like and do not like. Make sure you are lying comfortably and are wearing comfortable clothes
  • Research different styles of massage before you go to the spa so you order what you might like, ask about the pressure and technique before and if you don't like the therapist technique ask to end the massage early on. Because the therapist is doing her best to please you and if she or he isn't a good match for you, don't suffer and complain later to the receptionist causing the therapist to forfeit her pay.
  • if you are in a Spa do realize the therapist only gets a small commission from what you pay, your gratuity is appreciated, in other situations it may be inappropriate.
  • Lay on the table limp like a rag doll and spread your arms and legs away from each other and close to the edge of the table so the therapist does not have to bend over or run the fingers into other parts of the body when doing one part of the body. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

"For all the ways you've helped me grow I want to say I love you so."

Show the Mom in your life how much you appreciate and love her with a relaxing and rejuvenating Massage by Marina. 

 Now through May 20th I will take 10% off your gift certificate purchase in appreciation for all those mom's out there. Choose from the following services:

Integrated Massage
 60 min $60
90 min $80

Epicuren Massage
60 min $65
90 min $85

Hot Stone Treatment
75 min $90

Pregnancy Massage
60 min $60

 *Must mention this post to receive discount
** offer expires May 20, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

There is no arguing the fact that massage is relaxing and feels great, but here is a little research about how massage helps heal sore muscles.
February 6, 2012, 12:01 am

How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect.
Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them.
Their experiment required having people exercise to exhaustion and undergo five incisions in their legs in order to obtain muscle tissue for analysis. Despite the hurdles, the scientists still managed to find 11 brave young male volunteers. The study was published in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

On a first visit, they biopsied one leg of each subject at rest. At a second session, they had them vigorously exercise on a stationary bicycle for more than an hour until they could go no further. Then they massaged one thigh of each subject for 10 minutes, leaving the other to recover on its own. Immediately after the massage, they biopsied the thigh muscle in each leg again. After allowing another two-and-a-half hours of rest, they did a third biopsy to track the process of muscle injury and repair.
Vigorous exercise causes tiny tears in muscle fibers, leading to an immune reaction — inflammation — as the body gets to work repairing the injured cells. So the researchers screened the tissue from the massaged and unmassaged legs to compare their repair processes, and find out what difference massage would make.
They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. “The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis,” helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise, said the senior author, Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky.
Dr. Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics and medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said that massage works quite differently from Nsaids and other anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain but may actually retard healing. Many people, for instance, pop an aspirin or Aleve at the first sign of muscle soreness. “There’s some theoretical concern that there is a maladaptive response in the long run if you’re constantly suppressing inflammation with drugs,” he said. “With massage, you can have your cake and eat it too—massage can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.”
“This is important research, because it is the first to show that massage can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines which may be involved in pain,” said Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. She was not involved in the study. “We have known from many studies that pain can be reduced by massage based on self-report, but this is the first demonstration that the pain-related pro-inflammatory cytokines can be reduced.” she said.
Getting a massage from a professional masseur is obviously more expensive than taking an aspirin. But, as Dr. Field points out, massage techniques can be taught. “People within families can learn to massage each other,” she said. “If you can teach parents to massage kids, couples to massage each other. This can be cost effective.”
Dr. Tarnopolsky suggests that, in the long run, a professional massage may even be a better bargain than a pill. “If someone says “This is free and it might make you feel better, but it may slow down your recovery, do you still want it?” he asked. “Or would you rather spend the 50 bucks for a post-exercise massage that also might enhance your recovery?”

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