Taking Time for Yourself

images60OI9Y5H‘Quiet space is incredibly important to me these days. I like my quiet mornings where I can drink a nice tea, meditate, write, as the day grows light and the kids are sleeping. I like quiet on my runs and long walks, so that I can process my ideas, give my thoughts some space, reflect on my life.

The quiet space I allow myself has made possible my writing, but also all the improvements I’ve made to my life: healthier eating, the exercise habit, bodywork, meditation, de-cluttering, procrastinating less….

The quiet space allows me to be more conscious about my actions and gives me the time to consider whether what I’m doing is how I want to live my life.’ ~ Leo Babauta, writer

Mystic Color Salon and Spa is a nourishing and healing quiet space in this world of noise, rushing, and distraction. Take time out for yourself—to reduce stress in your body and create a life with more peacefulness, reflection, and balance. You will be grateful.

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Spray Tan for your Vacation

spray tannerHeading to a warm sunny climate and your want to look tan. Book a spray tanning appointment with Mystic Color Salon and Spa. You’ll look like you just stepped off the beach.

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860-415-4521

Treating Lower Back Pain Through Massage Therapy

CR-Health-InlineHero-Best-Safest-Ways-to-Relieve-Pain-11-18For people with mild to moderate low back pain, a supervised exercise and massage therapy program may very well be enough to treat chronic symptoms. The goal of these programs is to strengthen the muscles of your back and the areas that support your back  and teach you how to do everyday activities, like lifting and bending, without hurting yourself.

If you have chronic, severe low back pain, it helps to see a team of experts that can include your regular doctor, an orthopedic doctor, and a massage therapist. All of these specialists have experience in treating chronic pain, including our knowledgeable and experienced therapists.

It’s important to care for not only your body, but also to keep your mind active and positive. Get together with friends, go to the movies, or take a walk in a favorite place. Do things that move your attention away from the pain, to uplifted, happy states of mind. Both exercise and happy thoughts and experiences will trigger the release of endorphins, natural chemicals that prevent nerve cells from releasing more pain signals.

Relaxation therapies like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and therapeutic massage can teach you how to ease the muscle tension that’s contributing to your situation. Exercise is actually good for managing low back pain and stress for many people. Work with your practitioners to come up with a comfortable level of physical activity and an exercise regimen.

How Massage Can Benefit Relationships

statues-the-kiss-statue-lovers-kissing-by-auguste-rodin-assorted-sizes-1_300x300Oxytocin sometimes referred to as the “love hormone,” because levels of oxytocin increase during hugging and orgasm. It may also have benefits as a treatment for a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and intestinal problems.

Whenever we feel stressed, volatile, or are escalating into an argument, the stress hormones that are coursing through our body have revved up our nervous system out of our window of tolerance. And whenever we shut down and withdraw, disconnecting and isolating for safety, our nervous system has become too constricted, and we are unable to engage and repair relationships.

At these times, therapeutic massage is especially valuable since oxytocin is one of the most effective tools we have for regulating the physiological arousal or dampening down of our nervous system. Because oxytocin is also the neurochemical basis for the felt sense of safety and trust, it is the hormone of relational repair. It instantly antidotes the fight-flight-freeze response to any perceived threat or danger. Stress hormone levels are reduced, blood pressure is lowered, and we become less emotionally reactive. And when we feel safe and relaxed, we are able to be more generous and loving to everyone around us.

Deep Tissue Massage at Mystic Color Salon and Spa

At Mystic Color Salon and Spa we practice clinical Deep Tissue Massage, in order to clarify the unique benefits offered through this modality.

Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork works through tension, layer by layer, reaching the deeper muscles where persistent discomfort can be released. Much of the work is focused on bringing the body back into balance by working on the fascia—the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system of the body. The work is usually localized, and the client must be relaxed to permit the practitioner to work deeply. The pressure starts lightly, but progresses to the deepest level the client can tolerate. This approach can be either corrective or generally therapeutic.

Clinical Deep Tissue bodywork targets specific areas of concern to alleviate symptoms of nerve impingement, muscle tears and sprains, and chronic muscular pain. It has been found effective in treating chronic pain, muscle adhesions (muscle fibers that stick together creating a knot or nodule), whiplash, neck and lower back pain, sciatica, and circulatory problems. Contact us at Mystic Color Salon and Spa for a great deep tissue massage at 860 -415-4521. Email is also available at colordayspa@gmail.com

Massage Therapy at Mystic Color Salon and Spa Relaxation Massage

The relaxation response is a state of deep rest that changes our body’s responses to stressful situations, both internal and external. It is as much an inborn mechanism as the stress response,and it is vital for reducing the negative effects of physical, emotional, and psychological wear-and-tear on our bodies. The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital — a world leader in the study, advancement, and clinical practice of mind body medicine — outlines the changes the relaxation response elicits: your metabolism decreases, heart beats slower, breathing becomes less shallow, muscles unwind, and blood pressure decreases.

Massage, meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, tai chi, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization all have research to support their ability to call forth the relaxation response. Choose a technique that resonates with you, that fits within your lifestyle, and that you will be able to do regularly. Daily practice is optimal because it will create the most powerful and enduring changes. When learning the basics of a technique, set aside 5 or 10 minutes a day to start. Many people find it easier to stick with a practice when it is scheduled first thing in the morning, while others like to end their day using relaxation to unwind before going to sleep.

If you prefer to have some hands-on help to promote the relaxation response, schedule a massage at Mystic Color Salon and Spa and let yourself be nurtured by skillful, soothing hands. While it may be harder to take time out for relaxation when you’re very busy, it is exactly the time you need it the most!

Reach us at Mystic Color Salon and Spa at 860-415-4521

Massage At Mystic Color Salon and Spa

Swedish massage is the classic style of bodywork. Also called Western massage, it is the most popular and familiar massage method being practiced today, and it has served as a foundation for many of the massage techniques developed in recent years. Swedish massage is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective soft tissue of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation, and health maintenance. It is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (cross fiber), percussion (rhythmic tapping), and vibration.

Swedish massage directly increases blood circulation, thus enhancing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells of the tissues. It also increases lymph circulation, which speeds up the removal of metabolic waste and the by-products of tissue damage and inflammation. It has been reported helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and promoting relaxation.

It is perfect for helping to reduce the effects of stress during this busy season and is offered by many of the therapists at Mystic Color Salon and Spa. Call us for your massage at 860-415-4521. Or contact us by email at colordayspa@gmail.com