Monthly Archives: March 2012

Prenatal Massage is Delicious!

MASSAGE in general is delicious, but imagine how good it feels to women that are pregnant, especially in the second and third trimesters!  The human body goes through many changes during this time and as the changes are happening the body is compensating …..Make Way for Baby!!!!

Swedish massage’s very slow, relaxing strokes are recommended for working with pregnant women.  The prenatal massage may reduce muscle tension, improves lymphatic and blood circulation, decrease swelling, decrease stress hormones, reduce sciatic nerve pain and general joint discomfort.  All of this is confirmed by the American Pregnancy Association and also by the many smiling pregnant women that have been treated to massage at etant!

If you are past your first trimester please consider booking a soothing prenatal massage at etant soon.  We have several qualified therapists that will take excellent care of you and your soon to be “new addition”!  As always we encourage expecting moms to check with their  health care provider before trying prenatal massage.

Summertime and ice cream

Now that it’s in the 80’s in Boston ( March 21st!) I am reminded of my long dormant love of ice cream.  I don’t seem to crave it in winter as much as summer or spring, but with this early arrival of the warm weather I am in full ice cream mode.

Recently a friend discovered that she is lactose intolerant.  There seem to be more and more people today with some sort of food sensitivity, and the number of options for recipes catering to these sensitivities has skyrocketed.  She sent me a recipe for “5 minute ice cream” that isn’t ice cream at all.  I was very skeptical at first but I tried it and it was DELICIOUS!  I have made it twice so far.  It tastes great with cinnamon and fresh blueberries.

This is the fastest, easiest, and most nutritious ice cream you can make.  What’s more, not only does it taste great, you don’t need an ice cream machine to make this yummy treat.  As long as you have a fairly high-powered blender, you can enjoy this soft-serve dessert.

2/3 cup raw, unsalted Brazil nuts

2/3 cup  dates, pitted (about 8 dates, more if you prefer a sweeter ice cream)

1/2 cup water

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

20 medium-sized ice cubes

1.  Blend the Brazil nuts, dates, water, and vanilla together until smooth.

2.  Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Options:  add fresh strawberries or blueberries for a real treat.

Try it and enjoy!

Meditation

Meditation can be a period of quiet self-reflection that allows the mind to slow down and offers us an opportunity to simply feel.  Many eastern philosophies believe that we have an inherent openness, characterized by kindness and compassion.  Finding time to meditate can allow us to access these traits and then embody them in our every day lives.

In today’s society we are always on the go, go, go.  From a physiological standpoint meditation gives our mind and body the permission to stop and reflect.  Some people find it hard to stop, or to stay still.  Focusing on your inner energy field, or breathing, or just allowing the mind to race until it is quiet are all good ways to initiate the meditation.

Try it a little bit at a time and see how it feels.  We cannot be present for others if we don’t take care of ourselves.

Sports Massage and You

What is sports massage?  Why is it so popular?  Well, there are many reasons actually.  Sports massage can be traced back to the early Greek Olympics.  The Olympians were massaged vigorously before and after the events to improve performance in the games.

How do we kn0ow this works?  In the United States Jack Meagher is thought to be the father of present day sports massage.  He and his team massaged horses before and after their races improving performance measurably.  The assumption being horses don’t look forward to massage. They don’t know it is beneficial, therefore the improvement could not be psychological as it might be in humans..  Interesting, right?

These days sports massage refers to pre-event or post-event massages focusing on the muscle groups vital to the particular event; running, cycling, swimming, etc.  What are the benefits?

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased joint range of motion, flexibility
  • Increased sense of well-being; relaxed
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Decreased recovery time
  • Decreased chance of injury

I would encourage a fantastic sports massage including some stretching before or after your next athletic event.  We work with dancers, marathon runners and more!  We would love to work with you.

Is it Spring yet???

OMG!  We have had such a mild winter and bam!!!!  Last week seemed to last forever.  Fast forward to mid week and we will up in the mid 60’s.  Let’s hope it is not just a tease.

In the meantime, there is nothing like a facial to revive and give new perspective. We will pamper your skin and soothe your soul and keep you happy, well and CALM until the good weather is firmly implanted here in the Northeast.  Give us a chance to erase last week from you skin, and your mind.

Be well!!!