December 1st, 2013 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink
No-one likes to throw out perfectly good items when they de-clutter.
But the sad fact is that many gifts aren't quite right. They're bought on the
hoof, or as last-minute purchases that don't quite hit the mark. That's not true about a gift that's an experience. When a person receives an
experience, they bring their own taste to it. For instance, when you cash in
that pedicure gift-card, you come away with a polish color that's right for you
- and those new sandals still in their box. Or when you receive a massage, the therapist goes straight to your aching shoulders,
or loosens those twanging muscles in your neck.
One study found that three per cent of Christmas gifts are thrown out
immediately, while about half end up in the trash within one year. And that
didn't include the packaging, the wrapping and the bows. A gift that's an experience can be accompanied by a simple, recyclable card
which you can personalize by decorating the envelope. Or, it can be part of a
home-made gift, such as a jar of preserves or box of cookies.
Personal Gifts that Hit the Bulls-Eye
Spa services make a flexible present tailored to what your friend enjoys.
Unlike other experience-based gifts like zip-lining or horseback riding, visits
to the spa make sense whether the temperature is 105 or 23 degrees. -- And it doesn't matter what kind of shape you're in. While other experiences
rely on a person being mobile or having good fitness, everyone can go to the
spa. We all need to feel happy about our appearance: elderly people, disabled
people, and teenagers, as well as busy execs and housewives.
Don't Leave the Guys Out!
Men need spa services too. Men enjoy hot towel facials, getting their eyebrows
shaped, their necks massaged, and nails buffed. They also regularly need hair
removed from their ears, nose, and the nape of their neck.
Better Than Flowers
When a person's gone through a tough time - whether that's divorce or
bereavement, an ill child or a challenge at work - they need a safe place to
relax and unwind.
Caregivers particularly need someone to pamper and fuss over them, and they
rarely receive more than a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates. But there's
no better place for a caregiver to unwind than under the competent hands of a
massage therapist. A new splash of color on fingernails and toes also immediately cheers a person
up. And having your eyebrows shaped and a facial masque instantly makes you
Invite Yourself Along
Perhaps the best part about giving an experience is sharing it with your friend
or loved one. When you buy two experiences, you get to enjoy precious time
Whether that's giggling over a pedicure or catching up on the news while your
nails dry, your spa experience builds memories that will enhance and strengthen
your friendship in the days and years to come.
There's a wealth of health benefits that a day at the spa can achieve. Call us at to schedule your appointment today and we'll have you feeling better and brighter in no time.
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November 16th, 2013 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink
People tend to have their own ways of relaxing. Whether it’s a massage, taking a walk, or drinking a warm cup of tea, there are many ways to unwind. If music is your stress-busting method of choice, you’re in luck. A British band worked with sound therapists to develop the most relaxing song known to man. The eight-minute song uses guitar, piano and natural sounds to induce the listener into a relaxed state.
To test the song’s “relaxability”, a group of women completed stressful puzzles followed by listening to Marconi Union’s song “Weightless.” The study shows the song actually reduced their anxiety by 65 percent.
For most listeners, their heart rate slows to the beat of the music. This phenomenon, known as entrainment, helps the body release stress and evens out blood pressure levels. By the end of the song, listeners are in a euphoric state. The British Academy of Sound Therapy says the song is so effective at relaxing listeners that it shouldn’t be played while driving.
During the study, a list of the most relaxing songs was also compiled. Of course, “Weightless” topped the chart. Airstream’s “Electra” and “Chill Out Mix” by DJ Shah followed it. Coming in as the fourth most relaxing song was Enya’s “Watermark.” And rounding out the top five was Coldplay’s “Strawberry Swing.”
You can induce the relaxed state that you feel after a massage by listening to these songs at home.
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November 4th, 2013 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink
A new program at Fort Hood is offering soldiers an alternative way to control pain, decrease stress and work through anxiety. Through a grant program, the base set up massage clinics for soldiers and their families. The program, offered by Comfort for America's Uniformed Services or CAUSE, pays for massage therapists to come to the base twice a month. The program started at Walter Reed Army Medical Center three years ago and has expanded to Brooke Army Medical Center and now Fort Hood.
The funding comes from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which was started by and named after an ABC journalist who suffered a traumatic brain injury while on assignment in Iraq.
The program allows soldiers access to a service that isn't typically included in traditional military medicine. Aside from helping soldiers relax, studies show regular massage treatments help service members deal with PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder.
For soldiers like Staff Sgt. Tony Hays, access to this kind of therapy is welcomed. "The soldier mentality is that you don't want to quit, you want to move on. But sometimes you have to have this weight lifted off," Hays told the Fort Hood Sentinel. "It makes you a better soldier, a better person. Embracing these programs shouldn't be a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength."
CAUSE offers a variety of other programs, but according to officials, the massage program is quickly becoming the most popular. The hope is to expand the program in the coming years, focusing on bases with a high number of wounded veterans.
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