In so many ways, those of us here in Steamboat are fortunate to be living so close to Nature. Our slow spring mud season, especially with the weather moving in fits and starts, parallels our bodies' shift as we prepare for warmer weather. As much as we may want to get out in that beautiful sunshine and fresh air, our bodies--and the weather around us!--can be phlegmatic and slow to respond to our demands.
As such, we've decided that this is the perfect time of year to launch a new treatment--with a very special introductory rate!
How it works
Lymph channels are close to the surface of the skin. Lymphatic fluid can be moved by a highly trained massage therapist via a technique that uses very light pressure called manual lymphatic drainage. Effleurage, the light strokes used in Swedish massage, can also move lymph. Light pressure is crucial; a heavier touch will close down the lymph channels and restrict its movement.
When using cups, we are utilizing vacuum. Not only do channels stay open, they are often open wider than with MLD. This means we can move more fluid to lymph nodes that aren't backed up so the body can process it. By clearing out such backlog, cupping also preps the lymphatic and circulatory systems and increases the skin's absorption rate.
After the dry brushing comes massage cupping. Rather than leaving the cups parked in one place, we use a gliding technique to pull stuck fluid from backed-up areas to the lymph nodes. It is also highly sedating to the nervous system, leaving the client in a state of deep relaxation.
After the oils have been applied, we crank up the table warmer and add a space blanket. We don't need the client to get really hot, as circulation has already been prepped. Additionally, we want the client to absorb the oils, not sweat them out. Each treatment has a different blend of oils, from anti-cellulite to diuretic and so on.
Ahem. Not that I have ever had a horse in that particular race at all.
I will say this: because I never offer anything to my clients that I haven't experienced myself, I had Chelsea do this series on me this spring. And holy crap did I see a difference!
. . . Of course, immediately after all of that, I went on vacation. This had the charming effect of undoing everything, because a) I bloat and retain water like a hippopotamus when I travel, and b) hello, VACATION!
The dirty deets
Total cost for the series is normally $1600. Payment may be made once at the start of the treatment or split into two halves, with one payment due at the beginning of the series and one halfway through.
But I mentioned a special intro rate, didn't I? Yep, you're correct. Start your series any time between now and May 31 and receive25% off the total price, dropping it down to $1200.
Love to have some of the benefits here and there but not up to committing to the entire series? Never fear, add-on spot treatments will be available soon, along with a non-surgical lymph drainage facial
One final note
Okay, maybe twenty-nine, but you get the point.
I am a firm believer in loving your body unconditionally. As a massage therapist, I hear a lot of people expressing fears and insecurities about how they look. As a human being, I share those fears and insecurities from time to time. But no matter what we look like, we are all deserving of love--especially from ourselves.
Sometimes, though, it can be a little difficult. I know how looking like a million bucks on occasion can make you feel like a million bucks, especially at a fancy shindig. I debated long and hard about adding this service, but I know the difference it made in how I looked at myself. I know what a difference it made for the mother of a two young children, struggling with stress weight and water retention.
I know what a difference it can make, but I don't want anyone to rely upon it for their self-esteem. As a result, I have decided to limit this series to three times a year per person. There's no medical reason for it, but I don't want to exacerbate the idea that people must be slim and firm at all times and feeling bad about themselves when they're not.
We're only human, after all, in all our glorious shapes and colors and sizes. Love yourself for who you are, but if you need a little help, we'll do what we can.