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December 6, 2011 > Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Gift List?

Is a Relaxing Massage on Your Gift List?

Washington Women's Center Offers Holiday Packages

This holiday season consider putting a relaxing massage on your holiday gift list. Massages make great presents and offer a nice respite after a busy day of shopping. The Washington Women's Center is featuring a number of specials on massage packages that can make the holidays brighter for the women in your life, including yourself.

"You can treat your sister, mother, or girlfriend to a wonderful experience," said Kathy Hesser, RN, Women's Center coordinator. "A massage is the perfect way to take a break from busy holiday schedules."

The Women's Center is a comfortable place for women to enjoy a personalized massage, she added. It features a spa-like setting where women are pampered. They are provided with a fresh robe to slip into and they have their own private dressing area with individual lockers for personal items.

"Women are invited to linger afterward and bask in that calm and relaxed feeling that comes from having a massage," Hesser said. "They can sit in their robes and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee. We can even provide a warm blanket to curl up in."

The Women's Center features licensed massage therapists who each have more than 12 years experience, according to Hesser. Therapists tailor their massages to meet the individual needs of each woman.

"A lot of women feel more comfortable getting a massage at a hospital," she said. "There is a trust factor because the focus here is on health. Some of the women who come for regular massages have arthritis or other health issues, and they feel confident knowing that their individual needs will be met."

Holiday Specials

Special pricing on a number of holiday packages is available through December 23. 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.

"If you purchase three gift certificates, you get a half hour massage for yourself," Hesser said. "That's an added bonus."

She suggested that mothers and daughters, sisters, or girlfriends could create a special holiday outing around a massage. Get a massage together and combine it with a special lunch out or some shopping before or after, she said.

Massages are offered by appointment at the Washington Women's Center on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the week, massages are available 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. To learn more about the holiday packages or to schedule a massage, call (510) 608-1301.

It Feels Great

"A massage simply feels great," Hesser said. "It also offers a number of health benefits depending on the type of massage. We offer the whole gamut, from Swedish to hot rocks."

The Swedish massage 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 more 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.

The hot rock massage helps the muscles relax. Hot rocks are strategically placed in certain areas like the neck and spine.

The foot reflexology is a gentle massage of the foot that helps to relieve tension. Chair massage is also available, and usually focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands.

"You can give the gift of relaxation by giving a massage this holiday season," Hesser said. "With work and family pressures, most women would say that is priceless."

Make a Massage Appointment Today!

To make a massage appointment or purchase a massage gift certificate, please call the Washington Women's Center at (510) 608-1301. The Women's Center is located at 2500 Mowry Avenue (Washington West) in Fremont. For information about other services offered at the Women's Center, visit

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