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Feeling tired? A massage can help!

Juggling work and family is not for the faint of heart.  Balancing to give both quality time needs careful time management and creativity.  Yup, like many working mums, I look forward to Fridays too. It signals the coming of a 2-day break from toil. Don’t get me wrong; I love my role. I’m not complaining, but I do get tired! Being a mother, wife, and career woman at the same time take a lot of energy which could eventually result to stress.  Hmm, no wonder twice as many women as men are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) often feel so tired that they are unable to perform even half of their normal daily activities — and the feeling doesn’t go away, even with more rest.  It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms may come and go.

One thing that I’ve learned from my massage sessions with Aura In-Home massage is that massage can be a perfect way to combat tiredness.   A study by Field et al. (1997) examining the effect of massage therapy was conducted with participants suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.  Immediately following the massage session, the massage group had lower depression and anxiety scores and lower cortisol levels than the control group.  Longer-term results found that the massage therapy group had lower depression, emotional distress and somatic symptom scores, experienced more hours of sleep, and had lower epinephrine and cortisol levels than the control group.  By the way, as much as cortisol has  a lot of beneficial functions in the body, it’s been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body – just an FYI.

With my weekly sessions with Aura In-Home massage, I have noticed that I am more able to carry on my day-to-day routine all-week long.  So, why don’t we make it a point to stretch and relax whenever we feel tired?  That much-needed massage is not only something to pamper ourselves with, but it’s a much deserved reward for us too.


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After a massage…

       “Thank you, Mum.  I had a great time today.”  My heart swelled with joy as I heard those words from my son when I tucked him in just moments ago… “Good job,” whispered my husband.  SUCCESS!!  My Saturday bonding time with my family turned out to be a hit with the kids as planned.  And they especially loved their massage from Aura in-Home Massage.  “No wonder you do this every week,” my 4th-grade daughter said.  Ha-ha.. Guilty.

  Now, I’m ready to cap the day with a warm Epsom salt bath which was introduced to me by Aura In-Home Massage. Wait, wait… Which salt???  Epsom salts, more properly known as magnesium sulfate are made up of a naturally occurring mineral that is found in water.  It derives its popular name from the town of Epsom, England, where the compound was first distilled from water.

Why magnesium?  It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions.  With our present diet, it’s no wonder most of us are deficient in this important mineral.  When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.  An Epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage. It helps alleviate stiffness you may feel the next day, and it is also recommended for use after workouts for the same reason. Make sure to drink water to keep your tissues hydrated.

Wow, who ever thought that such an uninspiring ingredient can have amazing health benefits?

So, if I have chamomile tea for my pre-massage ritual, an Epsom salt bath makes a wonderful post-session habit.

Pure bliss..

Sweet dreams, Montreal!

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Kids benefit from massages too…


Looking for something to do with your kids?  Being the mother that I am, I am always on the lookout for creative ideas on spending quality time with my little bundles of joy.  Hey, you only get this one chance to be their buddy; before you know it, Poof! They’re all grown up and ready to go out on their own…

How about a massage?  Anyone who has gotten a massage understands the many benefits that it offers.  It is usually reserved for adults — but what about for kids?  Massage is a great stress-buster and yup, our children get stressed out too.

School work, peer relationship, family illness, and even vacations and other activities can cause emotional and physical strain on our youngsters.  Providing the same benefits as with adults, massage improves concentration for school work, improves their sleep and works out their muscles, which is important especially if they are involved in sports.  Also, studies have shown that there is a relationship between stress and the immune system.  Once stress hormones are reduced, the immune system bounces back and does its job of healing the body and keeping it healthy.

And this is where Aura In-Home massage comes in.  The kids will very much appreciate staying at home on a weekend:  a little game at the backyard; maybe Dad can regale us with his BBQ expertise (yumm..); and my new dessert creation.  Top that with a relaxing and private massage for everyone from Aura In-Home Massage.  Can’t wait for the weekend!!


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Massage for a Better Sleep



  All of us have had sleepless nights from time to time.  I had mine these last few days. 😉  I guess all the activities of balancing work and family this week have gotten the better of me…  Stress and tension can cause sleeping disorders.  Yesterday, I decided that the greatest way to end a hectic, fun-filled day was a relaxing rub-down from AURA In-Home Massage to signal my body, “Hey, time to recharge.”  

Result? GOOD MORNING, Montreal!!!

For those who don’t know that massage is a great sleep-inducer, well, you’re missing a lot.  All of us have an autonomic nervous system comprised of two parts: the parasympathetic and sympathetic.  The parasympathetic balances the sympathetic.  When you have a massage, the parasympathetic is activated and thus allows your body to relax.  When you are stressed, the sympathetic is activated and you will feel the urge to fight or flight.  So if stress and tension are the reasons why you are not sleeping very well, you might be relieved to know that one of the benefits of massage therapy is improved sleep patterns. Some people even fall asleep while having a professional massage. I do; that’s why I’m partial to AURA In-Home Massage so I can confidently doze off. 

Best part is – I dont need to drive home after, I can just slip right into bed and doze off!

A sleep disorder can seriously affect one’s quality of life.

 Getting enough sleep is as essential as getting a proper diet and exercise.  When we’re sleep deprived, we end up being cranky and ineffective in almost all aspects.  There may be a number of pills or medicines to help us get that much needed sleep, but many are interested in natural sleeping aides.  So.. Chamomile tea?  CHECK.  Soft mattress and pillows? CHECK.  Sheep to count?  NEVER MIND.  Appointment with AURA for Friday night?  DEFINITELY.







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Pregnancy and Massage part II

Two weeks ago, when my sister announced that she was pregnant, she also made me look for a massage buddy to replace her until she gives birth.  Uhmm, I haven’t done that just yet hoping to make her change her mind with this follow up blog to the one I posted two weeks ago.   As mentioned in my previous post, getting a massage while pregnant is not advisable during the first trimester but should be helpful right after.

A woman’s body undergoes a whole lot of changes while it prepares to carry her baby, while it carries her baby, and when it delivers her baby to the world.  I know that pregnancy is supposed to be a delightful time in our lives, but this does not mean it’s stress-free.  Hey, even wonderful changes cause stress.

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage ­– to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good.  However, Aura’s may also be customized to suit the needs of pregnant women with therapists who are trained in prenatal massage.  And what better way to have it done other than at your own space!  One can have the ambience tailor-fit to one’s choice.  Imagine, low-lighting, extra padded table, soft music (to soothe the baby too) and total privacy to have the flexibility of choosing what to wear (or what not) during the massage session.

Here are a few of the other benefits prenatal massage has to offer:

  • Relieve depression, anxiety, and nervousness caused by hormonal changes
  • Increase blood and lymph circulation, which helps to reduce swelling and improves the oxygen supply to the baby
  • Relieve muscle discomfort such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, and knots
  • Reduce pain and encourage relaxation, which can facilitate labor
  • Improve muscle and skin tone
  • Provide emotional support through nurturing touch
  • Promote relaxation and relieve insomnia
  • Relieve stress on weight-bearing joints such as lower back, pelvis, and ankles
  • Alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain caused by muscle imbalance

Sis, let me just treat you to an Aura In-Home Massage session, and I will show you a little secret on how to make your pregnancy more pleasurable than painful.  (I guess this is what big sisters are for) 😉

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“It’s summer; get a massage in your backyard oasis!”

    Summertime’s in and the high humidity could be a big turn-off for most of us.  But, hey, that doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy the festivities!  And what better way to soothe that tired body than a relaxing massage in the sanctuary of one’s own backyard.

The summertime, most often, brings a pack of tired clients to the spas, raring to get a reprieve from an exhausting day in the sweltering heat.  With Aura in-home massage, you’re not just a number, so one TRULY receives personalized service from a therapist who is not too tired from already having done quite a few massages for the day. Talk about REALLY getting your money’s worth.     

   The greatest thing that I love about getting a massage at home from Aura’s is that I don’t have to interrupt my relaxation by having to drive home after the session. In fact, I can even prolong relief by scheduling my massage right before I retire for the day.   This gives me a chance to better focus my attention within and withdraw from the external world.   It’s amazing how one’s patio, terrace, garden or a simple yard can provide a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the summer crowd.

 So this summer, don’t just remind yourself to dress light, bring bug spray and drink lots of water.  Take time to enjoy the season by relaxing at your own piece of heaven.


Permalink to Getting a Massage while Pregnant

Getting a Massage while Pregnant

         Good news firstI’m going to be an aunt! My sister just called to say that she’s 6 weeks on the way.  Now, the bad news – She said I’m going to need a new massage buddy. Who to call?

 But before I get my list of possible replacements, my sister needs to hear me out.  I’m sure having four kids should give me some credibility. I had weekly massage when I had buns in my oven and foot rubs were my favorite.  Imagine the burden of carrying 180 lbs!  And I loved to walk so, yeah, my feet deserved some loving indeed!!  The pained joints and swollen feet didn’t really go away but were reduced.

Don’t get me wrong.  Pregnant women need to take a lot of safety precautions but they need to educate themselves on the health benefits of getting a massage while pregnant.  It’s not recommended during the first three months, but anytime after is perfectly safe.  A specialist in prenatal massage therapy said that with regular massages, pregnant women can expect to feel some of these health benefits:

  • Relaxed muscles
  • Reduced stress
  • Enhanced immunity and circulation
  • Improved sleep.

Finding a good therapist is essential but easy; and it’s an inexpensive way to give one’s self a break. Now, let me call my sister back…

Permalink to The Benefits of Massage

The Benefits of Massage

What is Massage?

Massage goes further than skin deep, deeper even than muscles and bones – a good caring massage penetrates right to the depth of your being

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