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November 15, 2011 > Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Massage

Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Massage

Washington Women's Center Now Offers Massages on Saturday

Does a relaxing massage sound good after a busy day of shopping? Saturday massages at the Washington Women's Center are here just in time for the holidays.

"A massage is a great way for women to take a break from the busy holidays, and we have a number of holiday specials starting at the end of the month," said Kathy Hesser, RN, Women's Center coordinator. "Saturdays are more convenient for a lot of women."

The Women's Center offers a peaceful, welcoming environment where women can feel comfortable getting a massage, she said. Women have their own private dressing area with individual lockers for their personal items. They are also provided with a fresh robe to slip into and hot towels.

"We have experienced, licensed massage therapists who tailor their massages to each woman," Hesser added. "A lot of ladies tell me the Women's Center is the best kept secret in town because it's such a wonderful place to get a massage."

If you have never had a massage, you are in for a real treat. Massage involves kneading, pressure, and fluid strokes on different areas of the body. It works on the soft tissues, relieving pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Besides feeling great, massage offers a number of health benefits, according to Hesser. It can calm the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation and well-being, reducing stress and anxiety. Massage can also help to improve blood circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, which aids the immune system, and prevent and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.

Massage Types

A number of massages are offered at the Washington Women's Center, including Swedish massage, which uses long, fluid strokes and deep, circular motions to reduce tension, improve circulation, and relieve muscle tension.

The sports massage is similar to the Swedish massage but is tailored for women who work out frequently or are involved in sports. It helps improve flexibility, and prevent or treat injuries.

Deep tissue massage works deep into the muscle to help ease and release muscular tension. It uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissue.

The pregnancy massage is for expectant mothers. It helps alleviate back pain and aids circulation, providing some relief from the discomfort of pregnancy.

Therapeutic massage integrates neuromuscular therapy and reflexology with Swedish strokes to help relax and restore balance to the body.

If you are just looking for a foot massage or a quick upper body massage, the Washington Women's Center offers those as well. The foot reflexology is a gentle massage of the foot that helps to relieve tension. Chair massage is done while seated and usually covers the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.

"We also have a hot stone massage that I really recommend if you have never tried one," Hesser said. "It's a wonderful way to get the muscles to release and relax. Warm stones are placed in certain areas like the neck and spine."

Holiday Specials

The Washington Women's Center is offering several holiday specials starting November 29, making it easier to treat yourself or a girlfriend, sister, or other woman in your life during the holidays. Massage packages make great gifts, Hesser added.

Packages start at $100 for the De-Stress package, which includes six 15-minute chair massages. The Balance Package includes six 30-minute massage sessions of your choice (Swedish, therapeutic, or foot reflexology) for $180. The Rejuvenation Package includes six 50-minute sessions of your choice (Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, or sports) for $270. To learn more about the holiday specials, call (510) 608-1301.

Massages are offered by appointment at the Washington Women's Center on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the week, you can get a massage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Washington Women's Center is located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West). To schedule a massage, call (510) 608-1301.

For information about other services offered at the Washington Women's Center, visit

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