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It had been far too long since my last massage. As a mom, I tend to put everyone else in my family above myself – insisting that my husband get massages for his back pain, but ignoring my own advice for headaches… After battling a headache for weeks, I finally called my friends at The Spa and made an appointment.
My neck and shoulder muscles were like rocks, so I requested a Deep Tissue Massage. I needed a lot of work! My massage was scheduled with Arturo who, in addition to being a massage therapist, is also The Spa’s Chinese Therapist. Before my massage began, we talked about Tui Na, a type of Chinese therapy offered at The Spa that I was not previously familiar with. Arturo explained that he tends to work a little Tui Na into all of his massages as that is his specialty and background, and I was excited to get the extra benefit of this different style of massage.
I think when most people think about getting a massage they probably envision a Swedish massage, characterized by long, flowing strokes. This is the classic massage, but there are many more types of massage. Wikipedia lists more than 30 types of massages including Aromatherapy Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot River Stone Massage, Prenatal Massage, Tui Na, Thai Massage, Fire Cupping and more – all of which are offered at The Spa. I have decided that my new goal is to try them all! (I know… it’s a goal I will have to suffer through! HA!)
The Deep Tissue Massage I received from Arturo was more than just relaxing, although it was certainly relaxing, too; it provided relief deep within my muscles to tightness I had been feeling for weeks. At the end of my massage, Arturo and I discussed my tight shoulders and he suggested some easy stretches I can do at home. We also discussed other options for treatment such as Fire Cupping in combination with Acupuncture, which he believes can provide even more relief.
When it was over, I felt loose all over and ready to start my day refreshed. It was a great way to start the day. If you haven’t experienced a massage in a while, I recommend making an appointment at The Spa with Arturo. You can learn more about the types of massages offered at The Spa on this site, but if you still aren’t sure what you want I am sure Arturo can help you figure out what style is right for you.