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Help Me Decide: Sports Massage

 

 

What is it?:  Sports Performance massage involves a number of different massage techniques aimed at speeding the recovery of tired muscles. Our therapist may use flowing strokes, kneading, wringing, and other techniques to target specific areas. The pressure may vary from lighter in areas just to get the blood flowing to deeper pressure in specific areas of recovery focus. Why Should I Chose This Type of Massage?: If you are someone who is on a regular, intense workout schedule this massage is a good choice for you to aid in your recovery, rebuilding of muscle tissue and help reduce your chance of injury. In addition, anyone who is recovering from a significant injury involving muscles or joints should consider this as part of their healing routine.

 

 


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Acupuncture and Cupping

What is "Cupping" and how does it work? Written by Theresa L. Spradlin M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Cupping is one of the oldest methods of treating diseases, and has been promoted by people of many different cultures around the world. Past and present, cupping has been used to mobilize blood flow within the skin and underlying tissues in order to promote healing.  It is called “cupping” because the instruments used resemble small cups or jars that are applied to the skin in such a way that they create a local suction. In ancient times, the cups were made of animal horn or bamboo. Since then, the materials for making the cups and the methods involved have greatly improved...today the cups are made of a wide range of materials including glass, plastic, and silicone. Cupping is commonly used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the healing effects of treatment. There are many types and methods of cupping available today. Our acupuncturist uses glass cups that are equipped with one-way valves. As the cups are placed on the skin, a hand-held pump draws the air out of the glass through the valves, creating a mild suction. This technique anchors the cup to the skin and pulls it upward on the inside of the glass. Drawing up the skin in this fashion is believed to open up the pores of the skin and stimulate the flow of blood. It is known to clear obstructions in the flow of energy through the body’s meridians (energy pathways) and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body. Our acupuncturist also uses cups made of silicone. The type of cup used depends upon the indication and the part of the body involved. WHAT CONDITIONS DOES CUPPING TREAT? As cupping creates a local suction, some subcutaneous and muscle tissue is also drawn up into the cup. For this reason, cupping can be used to treat a wide array of musculoskeletal issues. Besides being an excellent treatment modality for many types of sports injuries, cupping is also a wonderful remedy for everyday aches and pains as it helps muscles to relax and release tension. It is great for arthritic joint conditions and helps improve range of motion. Cupping can also used to treat a broad range of medical conditions and certain systemic diseases throughout the entire body. WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE? First and foremost, cupping is not painful! There are some cupping methods in which many cups are applied to the skin and left on for 15 minutes or more. This prolonged suction causes large, deep bruises to form on the skin where the cups are applied.  Our acupuncturist does not use these methods! In our Acupuncture Spa, each glass cup that is applied is then removed almost instantly, bringing about the same therapeutic effects (there is no need to leave the cups on!) Therefore, there is never a visible sign that the cup was ever there. Besides the glass cups, our acupuncturist also uses soft, pliable silicone cups that are flexible and conform to the surface of the skin. With this cupping method, massage oil is used to lubricate the skin so that the cup can be moved freely over the area without breaking the suction. This type of cupping feels just like a deep tissue massage. Our clients love it, especially when preceded by a hot, moist towel! After cupping treatment, drinking a lot of water is highly recommended to help circulate the blood and other fluids through the tissues in the areas affected. Drinking water will also help the kidneys eliminate any toxins that are released from the tissues as a result of the cupping. Cupping is never unpleasant or uncomfortable! In fact, many people experience a sense of restored energy as well as pain reduction following cupping treatment. Check out more offerings on our Acupuncture page and schedule an appointment today! Weekend and evening appointments are always available. Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Run Coaching, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more. Come check us out today!

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Raising the Bar: Introducing a New Ashiatsu Massage!

Here at Health and Wholeness, we make it our mission to always be offering the latest and greatest services to give you the best holistic wellness experience you can imagine! So what's on the "menu" this month? Our newest massage technique: Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy! The root word 'ashi' means foot and 'atsu' means pressure, so together they symbolize 'foot pressure' in a technique that delivers a consistent, luxurious massage. The compression stroke elongates and broadens the muscles at the same time and stimulates the lymphatic system of the body, giving you relaxation and detox at the same time! Bars are used above the head for the massage therapist's balance and we include lubricant, which is essential for its purest application. Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy combines flowing centrifugal and centripetal force and also incorporates push, pull, pumping movements. The results relieve symptoms of chronic soft tissue damage and in some cases when we're lucky, a structural change. We were so excited about this Ashiatsu method that we went ahead and built our own bar (see picture) so that our fantastic therapist can use it especially for this unique massage - it's something you'll be challenged to find anywhere else! *November Specials: A 60 minute session for $75 or 90 minutes for $105* So what do you have to lose except getting lost in the deep sense of relaxation and healing? Go ahead and book your appointment now...while this bar is here to stay, this offer won't last long! Special ends on November 30th ...and we know you're overdue for a little pampering! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training, Circuit and Mat Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Awards & Rewards for You!

Looking for something constructive to do with your time? Why not share your opinions in our survey? Do it and be entered to win some cool prizes! It only takes about 20-30 minutes, and we would appreciate your feedback as we look to build the best facility around! Fill out the survey and be entered for a chance to win: 1 FREE Body Bugg ($270 value) 1 FREE PT Session ($90 value) 2 FREE Blender Bottles (normally $8.50 each) 5 FREE Cloth Reusable Grocery Bags (normally $1 each) Aside from rewards we want to offer you, there are some awards worth mentioning - and another chance for your voice to be heard! The polls are open, and Health and Wholeness has made it to the final TOP 5 in three categories for Arlington's Best Business awards! Voting is now underway for the 2012 People's Choice ABBIE Awards, Arlington’s Best Business Awards. This is the 5th year of the “People’s Choice” awards, in which residents and business people get to weigh in. Last year more than 7,500 people participated in selecting Arlington's best businesses, and this year, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to go to the link and cast your votes for Health and Wholeness in the following categories: Arlington's Best Place to Work Out Do you prefer high-energy classes? A great pool and sauna? Or perhaps you prefer a place where you can just truly pump some iron. Arlingtonians all have their own ways of working up a sweat and working off those calories. Tell us your favorite here.
Arlington's Best Customer Service
Is there a business in Arlington whose staff provides unparalleled customer service? Nominate the best customer service in Arlington here.
Thank you for your support! Be sure to spread the word to friends and family to help us snag the #1 spots! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Group Runs and Individual Run Coaching, Mat and Circuit Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks, and more!

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News from Around the Block – October 2012

Congratulations, Alisia - our newest "Mommy-to-be!" Congratulations to Health and Wholeness Pilates Instructor, Alisia Essig, who recently announced the exciting news that she is pregnant! Alisia is only 15 weeks along, but we're already counting down the days until we have another little one crawling around Studio B! ...Speaking of little ones... Health and Wholeness Massage Therapist, Jai Dee, is now certified in *Infant Massage* - which encompasses numerous benefits to the baby (for example: relaxation and better sleep, better digestion, and improved immune system, blood circulation, and skin condition...just to name a few) as well as the parents or caregivers. Infant Massage provides its benefits in four distinct ways: Stimulating all the body systems; Relaxing; Relieving; and Bonding and Attachment. Not in the "baby" phase? We still have plenty of great massage techniques to choose from, so check them out and see which is right for you! *End of October Indoor Boot Camp – Session starts Monday, October 22nd* Halloween is right around the corner (and the candy, sweets and other treats aren't far behind!) For many of us, late October marks the official holiday season kick-off, so start this festive time of year on the right foot! You'll get new challenges and more fun routines  to keep you on top of your game, so join us for another 4-week session of Boot Camp on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6am at the Avalon Community Basketball Court in Arlington. Nina’s popular camps still have room, so read more and REGISTER today! *PLUS* Take advantage of the “Bring-a-Buddy to Boot Camp Campaign”:
  • Bring a friend who is new to boot camp and they get 2 FREE sessions (that's 12 for the price of 10!)
  • YOU get the same deal, too!
**For anyone following the Prop 37 news on consumers' right to GMO labeling, here is Michael Pollan's (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma) take on the California Ballot Initiative to label Genetically Modified Organisms...happy reading!** Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business serving Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Group Runs and Individual Run Coaching, Mat and Circuit Pilates classes, Muscle Activation Techniques, Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations and Food Sensitivity Testing, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks, and more!

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Client Testimonial: Experience Makes for a Great Massage

"Jai Dee is an extremely talented massage therapist. She asks the right questions before your massage and targets your specific concerns during the massage. She is very careful to protect any problem/injured areas. Jai Dee is able to use her many years of experience to provide an effective massage and a great overall experience. She is absolutely one of the best massage therapists I have ever had the pleasure of working with." - Janet, Wellness Coach at Health and Wholeness Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Client Testimonial: Thai Massage – What the Buzz is all about!

Thai massage? I had never heard of it before I booked the appointment!  My therapist's qualifications?  They were meaningless to me.  First impression?  This will be interesting…No, not in the sense of the Chinese proverb, "May you live in interesting times…" but there is goodness about, and from, this lady. Bottom line: I ask a lot of this 55 year-old body and until I had 90 minutes with my massage therapist, no one else had ever given more to restore it to its naturally happy state! Forget about what you think, worry, or fear about Thai massage – your body needs this! It's truly amazing! Never had a Thai massage?  Come try it for yourself and see what all the buzz is about. Thai massage is just one of the many massage types we offer here at Health and Wholeness in Arlington VA.  You can also experience Fijian massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Pregnancy massage, Swe-Thai and more.  Give us a call today and get ready to feel restored! - Darlene, Health and Wholeness client Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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"The Best of Both Worlds" - Massage Testimonial

“Wow! The best from both worlds: massage and stretching. I had never had stretching included in a massage before I got from Health and Wholeness. What a wonderful combination! I left feeling both relaxed and free to move. The massage just takes the stress away from the muscles and the stretching frees the joints to move more easily. It was truly a great experience that I never would have explored if it weren’t for my massage therapist’s suggestion during my initial consultation.” – David, Health and Wholeness client Thai massages are just one of the many massage types we offer here at Health and Wholeness in Arlington, VA. You can also experience Fijian massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Swe-Thai, Reflexology, Pregnancy massage, and more. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment! Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Client Testimonial: Pregnancy Massage

"What a great stress reliever! I wasn’t sure what to expect from a pregnancy massage, but my therapist at Health and Wholeness made me feel comfortable and relaxed. I was able to lay on my side hugging a very comfortable pillow, while she massaged one half of my body. We then switched sides and she did the other half, making sure to hit all the right spots! I definitely plan to keep up this routine - what better excuse for a massage than being pregnant! I highly recommend Health and Wholeness to anyone looking for a great massage...you won’t be disappointed." - Lindsay, Health and Wholeness client Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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Look to Health and Wholeness for all your Massage Needs!

"In addition to regularly using the personal training and MAT resources at Health and Wholeness, I've immensely enjoyed the massage services that they offer.  Whether I'm just looking for a relaxing break or relief from sore muscles or a pinched nerve, the massage therapists always hit the ball out of the park." "From hot stone to deep tissue to Swedish, every massage I've had at Health and Wholeness has been a great experience. Recently, I was struggling with some right shoulder and neck pain -- most likely caused by sitting at a computer all day long. I spoke with Dave about the problems I was experiencing, and he suggested an approach to relieve the pain...about one hour later I felt like an entirely new person!" "Furthermore, the massage pricing at Health and Wholeness is very reasonable and the staff is spectacular. I highly recommend Health and Wholeness for all your massage needs!" - Susan C, Health & Wholeness client Health and Wholeness is a multifaceted fitness and wellness business in Arlington, Virginia featuring: Private and Semi-Private Personal Training as well as Pilates, Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness Boot Camps, Nutrition Consultations, Acupuncture, Massage, Wellness Coaching, Infrared Sauna, Ionic Foot Soaks and more.

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