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Why should you get a regular massage?

Many people consider getting a massage an occasional luxury or an indulgence they treat themselves to once or twice a year, but making regular massage a part of your routine has many benefits. The Mayo Clinic, the World Health Organization and many other health and wellness organizations now recognize the many ways in which massage can contribute to overall health and wellbeing and suggest that getting a massage at least twice a month may improve an individual’s health in several ways.

Relieving Stress
It’s long been known that massage can relieve stress, but are you aware that massage reduces stress in several ways? It not only soothes away stress by loosening those tight muscles, it also reduces fatigue and improves your sleep quality. Improved sleep leads to less stress and more energy, helping you cope with life’s daily ups and downs more efficiently. If you make therapeutic massage part of your routine, you’ll be starting a cycle that will nurture a less stressful, more relaxed lifestyle.

Improving Circulation
Your body’s lymphatic system flushes toxins out of your body, and massage stimulates the lymph system so that it performs more effectively, carrying away any toxins that are built up in muscles and other tissues. Massage also improves blood circulation for more efficient heating and cooling of the body and better oxygen exchange.

Relieving Pain
Therapeutic massage is one of the most effective forms of non-pharmaceutical pain relief for sore, tired, and tense muscles. It can get rid of those painful knots that lead to intense pain in the neck and shoulders as well as painful cramping in overworked muscles. With regular sessions, massage therapy can also improve range of motion and minimize swelling in sprains and strains.

There are a variety of ways massage seems to work to reduce pain. First, it triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body, reducing the intensity of pain. Recent studies have also shown that massage reduces the levels of substance P, a brain chemical related to pain, in patients suffering from chronic pain. What’s even more impressive is that patients with debilitating pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia often see results simply by having therapeutic massage twice a month.

Boosting Immunity
We overwork, overeat, worry too much, and don’t get enough rest. It’s life in the fast lane all the time, and our bodies suffer, producing a stress hormone called cortisol that has been linked to everything from weight gain to a compromised immune response. Massage reduces cortisol levels dramatically, strengthening our immune systems so that we are better able to fight off illness and recover more quickly when we do become sick. Lower cortisol levels also mean we metabolize food, particularly sugars, more efficiently.

Nurturing
The most ephemeral benefit of massage may be the most important one. It simple feels good to relax and let someone nurture our bodies and souls through the gentle but firm sensation of touch. There is something primitive and pure about the feeling of skin against skin that calls to something deep in the core of each of us. We long to be held, to be touched, to be cared for—and massage, for an hour out of our hectic lives, lets us give over our bodies and minds to someone else to be cared for completely.

Call AURA In-Home Massage today to enjoy the benefits of a regular massage without the hassle of going to a spa in Montreal, we come to your home in the West Island and downtown Montreal massage. 514-654-2872


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Make massage part of your fitness routine

Now that the fall is here, we are all getting back to our fitness routines. Massage is now recognized as an important part of a complete physical fitness routine. Not only can massage reduce stress and relieve anxiety, but it also has tangible fitness benefits. Here’s how you can incorporate massage into your fitness regimen.

The Fitness Benefits of Massage

Massage has a number of fitness related benefits. They include:
■ Massage increases blood flow to the muscles, so that they’re better nourished. Fatigued muscles need the oxygen and nutrients that increased blood flow supplies, so that your body can build more muscle tissue and make your muscles stronger and more dense.
■ Massage helps your body eliminate lactic acid and other toxins that can build up in the muscles during a workout, so you’ll need less recovery time after a workout. Massage also helps stave off the symptoms of overtraining.
■ Massage helps improve flexibility and range of motion in muscles and joints. It also strengthens connective tissues and can help your muscles and tissues heal faster. Massage can also help break down scar tissue in your muscles.
■ Massage can help you lose weight by helping your body absorb and burn fat stored under the skin. Massage can also help lower your stress levels, which can help you keep weight off, since your body is more likely to store extra calories as fat when you’re feeling chronically stressed.

Adding Massage to Your Fitness Routine

If you exercise for 30 minutes three to five times a week, it’s easy to add massage to your fitness routine. If possible, schedule a professional massage once a week. Its now easier than ever to incorporate massage as part of your routine by having an AURA massage therapist come to your home to give you your massage. Call to book a massage today at 514-654-2872.


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Back to school and Massage

Boosting our immune system and our families becomes utmost concern, especially with your children return to school this fall. Devotees of massage therapy know it’s relaxing and feels good. But massage may also be an effective tool for maintaining good health. How do we know?

Just last year researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center reported that a single massage produced measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults.

Dr. Mark Rapaport led researchers to compare 53 healthy adults. Over half of the adults received a 45-minute Swedish massage and the rest had a 45-minute session of light touch massage. Blood samples were taken before the massage began and at regular intervals up to one hour after the massage was completed.

The researchers found that the Swedish massage group indicated a benefit to their immune system. The Swedish massage group noted a sizable decrease in the hormone that contributes to aggressive behavior and small decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. The blood tests also indicated an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.

“This research indicates that massage doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you,” Rapaport said in a news release. “People often seek out massage as part of a healthy lifestyle but there hasn’t been much physiological proof of the body’s heightened immune response following massage until now.”

So, what are you waiting for? Add massage to your immune boosting plan! Call AURA In-Home Massage today 514-654-2872 for a massage in Montreal or the West Island.

The study appears in the October issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.


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Parlez-vous français? (Yes, we do!)

 

 AURA In-Home Massage is located in Montreal, Canada, and because of our close proximity to the French community, we wanted to let you know that we can serve you in your native language too.

Our receptionists speak French, some of our massage therapists speak French, and we’ve also created a separate website in French at www.fr.auramassage.ca to better serve our Francophone community!

So, if you prefer to speak French and have hesitated to contact us, or you know someone who only speaks French and is looking for a massage therapist, let them know about us.  We would love the opportunity to provide anyone, whether French or English, with a relaxing massage to rejuvenate and restore tired muscles and reduce stress.

Our licensed massage therapists will come to you to provide a peaceful and tranquil environment of blissful relaxation.  On a cold winter night, nothing is better than a fantastic massage followed by a glass wine in front of a roaring fire.

Let us help you find relief and provide rejuvenation to tired muscles after a stressful day!

 

 

 


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Get Well to Give Well!

Did you know….

 AURA In-Home Massage donates 5% of its profits to the Heart and Stroke Foundation?

When you book a massage with us, you’re helping out your heart and someone else’s.  How does massage help your heart?  Massage therapy is a wonderful, natural way to relieve stress.  When you’re constantly stressed out, your blood pressure can run high, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.

The best way to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other ailments is to get rid of the stress in your life.  Massage therapy can help in all of those areas. With AURA In-Home Massage, you will also have your massage in the comfort of your own home.

We show up at your door at the appointed time with everything needed to provide you a temporary sanctuary from the stresses of life.   Your massage will take place on one of our comfortable massage tables covered with cloud-like organic sheets.  We provide peaceful music, soft lit candles, and relaxing scents to give you an unforgettable experience.

We also have several types of massage to choose from to make your experience more memorable. Just let us know when you book your appointment!

We offer:

  Swedish Massage

 Deep Tissue Massage

 Relaxation Massage

 Trigger Point Massage

Pre-Natal massage

 Geriatric Massage

No matter which one you decide to choose, you can be assured that your massage will be relaxing, rejuvenating, and stress relieving.  On top of that, you get the chance to support a worthy cause because 5% of our profits go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Get well to give well!


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Tired of the same old date night routine? Get a massage!

If you’re tired of the same old thing on date night, try our couple’s massage!  AURA In-Home Massage now offers two therapists who can come to your home and provide a relaxing couples massage at your convenience.

 

It’s the perfect beginning to a wonderful evening with your significant other.  Our certified massage therapists will show up at your door at the appointed time ready to take you through a blissful journey of relaxation and rejuvenation that only a good massage can provide!

 

Enjoy a swedish massage or deep tissue massage as you lay on our soft organic cotton sheets that feel like clouds.  Peaceful music, relaxing scents and soft-lit candles provides a tranquil atmosphere as your sore muscles are soothed and the pain is massaged away. Afterwards, you can curl up in front of a warm fire while you relax with a glass of wine.

 

 

If you know someone else who would love a massage we have the perfect gift!  We offer gift certificates in several different amounts so you can select just the right package for that special friend or family member.  At this time of the year, what could be better than having a massage?  How about a massage done in the privacy and comfort of your own home!

 

You don’t have to worry about making it to another appointment, digging your car out of the snow, driving in bad weather, or bundling up against the cold.  We come to you to provide a temporary sanctuary against the stresses of every day life and help you reap the rewards and benefits of a good massage!

 

*For our French speaking clientele, please feel free to visit www.fr.auramassage.ca


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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

The temperature is below freezing, the snow is falling, and you’re not going anywhere because it’s just too cold outside.  So, what is there to do to keep you warm and relaxed on a cold, frigid night?

Let one of the certified massage therapists with AURA In-Home Massage come to your home!  If you have a fireplace and plenty of room, we can set up right in front of the fire to provide an even better massage experience.  This is the season for dealing with the stress of the weather and the stress of trying to drive back and forth from a stressful job while fighting the wind, snow, and ice. (Do you see the pattern of stress here?)

Stress is unfortunately a part of our lives but it is also very unhealthy for our bodies.  A massage can relieve that stress and tension and promote healing and relaxation back to tired and sore muscles.  Even your mind will become relaxed as your body is massaged into a state of pure bliss.

What’s even better is that you don’t have to go back out in the harsh weather to go to yet another appointment.  We can come to you at your home and at your convenience.  There are several different types of massage that you can choose from including:

Swedish:  A firm but gentle pressure is applied to ease aching muscles and tender points.  Recommended to ease muscle pain, improve blood circulation, flexibility and metabolism.

Relaxation:  Known by its slow sweeping strokes and gentle touch that eases tension.  Recommended to help you sleep and to alleviate stress, anxiety and fatigue to regain a sense of balance.

Deep Tissue:  Uses deep firm strokes with strong finger pressure to realign muscle and connective tissue.  Recommended to reduce chronic pain, improve blood pressure, and rehabilitate injured muscles.

We also offer several other types of massage that may be a better fit for you.  No matter which one you choose, you will be treated to a fantastic massage that will leave you rested and relaxed.

AURA will arrive at your doorstep with everything needed to create a temporary sanctuary.  Soft lit candles, relaxing scents and peaceful music is only the beginning.  Experience the power and healing of massage as you lay on a plush massage table covered with cloud-like organic cotton sheets for the ultimate journey towards relaxation.

 

 


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Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

 

At AURA In-Home massage, we offer you the chance to be relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed with a massage by one of our certified massage therapists.

So, what could be better than that as a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one?  We can’t think of anything!  What’s even better is that we now offer gift certificates that you can purchase at your convenience right here on our website.

You can also enjoy a couple’s massage in the comfort of your own home.  If you prefer something else, we also offer the following types of massage designed to alleviate pain, relax your mind and body, and rejuvenate your spirit after a long day at work:

  1. Swedish
  2. Deep Tissue
  3. Trigger Point
  4. Relaxation
  5. Geriatric
  6. PreNatal

If you would like to find out what these different types of massage are, take a look at our services page.  There you can find brief descriptions about each type of massage and how it helps alleviate many health issues.

So, instead of the usual romantic dinner, dozen roses and box of chocolates why not get your mate something she can brag about to all of her friends?  You can bet it will probably be the best Valentine Gift she’s ever received!


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Make this Valentine’s Day the most Memorable Yet!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a special gift for your loved one can be hard to find.  Should you buy them chocolates?  A gift of jewelry?  Or perhaps a romantic dinner at an intimate restaurant?  All of those sound great but a little tried and true.

Why not choose something unexpected that still shows how much you care?

A relaxing couple’s massage given by a certified massage therapist in the comfort of your own home sounds like a very memorable gift.  Or, any of our other massage options would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day present to show how much you appreciate that special someone.

If you’re not sure what your loved one would like by way of massage, we now offer gift certificates.  Once they receive it, they can choose from any of the following types of massage:

  • Relaxation
  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Trigger Point
  • Couple’s Massage
We also offer massage for special needs such as:
  • Prenatal
  • Geriatric

With so many options to choose from, you can be sure you will be giving one of the best, if not the most memorable, Valentine’s Day Gifts your loved one has ever received!

 

*for our French clientele please visit www.fr.auramassage.ca


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The Holidays are almost over! Now What?

Some of us have finished the gift buying, gift giving, and family gatherings of another holiday season.  But some of us haven’t and there might be people who have procrastinated to the last minute on buying gifts.  Especially if they knew they wouldn’t be seeing family until after Christmas.

If you’re in that category and you’re still stumped on the perfect gift to get somebody, consider the gift of massage therapy.  A stressed out family member would love to have a relaxing massage after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  What better way to show them you care about their well-being than with a massage that takes place right there in their own home?

Why Massage?  Well, why not?

Massage therapy has been known for its healing and relaxing benefits for milennia.  Not only does it relax the body and mind, but it promotes healing. Stress can cause a lot more damage to our bodies than we realize like:

  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Gastrointestinal Distress
  • Unintended Weight Gain or Weight Loss
None of those things are fun!  So, how can massage therapy help you or a stressed out family member or friend?
  • Relieves Migraines
  • Eases stress
  • Reduces Depression and Anxiety
  • Alleviates back pain and improves range of motion
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Improves Circulation
And that’s just to name a few!  Bottom line, massage therapy is an excellent and highly recommended source for healing of the body and the mind.  Give the gift of massage therapy now while you still have a chance during the holiday season. You can purchase a gift certificate for your loved ones here and give them something that will make the rush of the holidays worth all the trouble!

 

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