12 Days of Zen Day Two

Day Two

Today marks day two for 12 days of Zen! ZenGate’s neighboring business, Judith B is offering a pretty sweet promotion to help you sparkle around town or at least give & receive. Life isn’t always perfect, but at least your hair can be! 💇‍♀️💁‍♀️
Purchase $100 in gift certificates and receive a $25 gift certificate for yourself!

Purchase onsite at Judith B Salon Elmhurst or call 630-359-3680. Make sure to mention you would like to purchase the 12 Days of Zen Promotion for your $25 free gift certificate!

Purchase $100 gift certificate and receive $25 gift certificate for yourself can only be purchase at Judith B Salon, 263 N. York St. Elmhurst IL or over the phone at 630-359-3680. The $25 gift certificate cannot be combined with the certificates that are purchased. Offer valid from 12/5/17 – 12/15/17. 

12 Days of ZEN Day ONE

DAY 1 Zentastic Deal!

Purchase Three 60-Minute Signature Massages for only $199.99!
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Valid only on Monday, December 4th 2017 until sold out.

The 12 Days of Zen Day 1 is purchased as a online gift certificate and good for personal use or giving. However is not transferable and cannot be shared or split up. Promotional Value expires 1 year from date of purchase 12/4/2018. Item retains purchase face value for 5 years from date of purchase. Non refundable. Limited to one per person. ZenGate Healing Arts reserve the exclusive right to cancel and/or change this promotion at any time. Available while supplies last. No rainchecks. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Can not be purchased with gift certificates. 

 

How to give a Zentastic massage

How to give a Zentastic Massage!

Everyone wants a massage, but sometimes making it in to see your favorite massage therapist (hi there!) just isn’t feasible. It’s in those unexpected and inconvenient moments that knowing how to give your partner a pretty great massage yourself can make the difference between a rotten day and a better one. But of course, this hinges on one thing: do you know how to give a good massage? Giving an at-home massage is not that hard. Here are my favorite tips:

Use firm pressure, but not hard.

People get confused about pressure in two opposite ways. If your partner is smaller than you, you may have a tendency to use very light pressure. This is okay to a point (you probably won’t hurt anyone), but can be a little frustrating if your partner is tense or sore or, even worse, ticklish. On the other side are the people who come from the “no pain, no gain” school of massage. Don’t buy into this myth! Massage should be pleasant. If your partner has to tense their muscles and clench their jaw in order to get through your ministrations, it’s not helping.

Slooooooow doooooown.

There are absolutely occasions where someone might want a fast-paced, vigorous massage. But unless your partner is getting warmed up for a race or ballroom dancing competition, this is probably not one of them. You’re not going to miss some key muscle if you take your time. If you seem relaxed, your partner is going to relax too. So

, put your hands out, and make each stroke last.

If you meet a bone, leave it alone.

There is one exception to the firm pressure rule, and that is bones. You don’t need to be an anatomist to recognize the ones that stick out, like knees, elbows, ribs, and spines. With little padding between them and the skin, these areas can be quick to bruise or feel painful. If you find your hands arriving at one of these bony landmarks (yes, that’s actually what massage therapists call them, it’s like reading a topographical map), you have two options: turn around and go back the way you came, or skim over them using gentle pressure and keep going with your massage on the other side.

Practice good body mechanics.

If massage shouldn’t be painful for your partner, it also shouldn’t be painful for you. If you are hunched over, if your wrists are bent at an awkward angle, if you are using your thumbs or fingers in ways they weren’t designed to work, you will end up regretting the day you ever offered to give a massage. Use bigger muscles in place of small ones whenever you can: use your back to provide pressure instead of your arms, and your arms instead of your fingers. Whenever possible, push instead of pulling. When you move to a new part of your partner’s body, adjust your entire position, not just your hand placement. It may feel strange at first, but imagine if you tried to shovel snow by standing in one place and using just your arms to move the shovel from one side of you to the other. If that image seems ridiculous, you already understand why proper body mechanics are so important.

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

Really, you probably don’t need to talk to a massage therapist to learn that open communication between you and your partner is key to anything you undertake together. But it’s especially true in a situation like a massage, where one of you is more vulnerable than the other. As the massage giver, it’s important that you check in regularly: How does this feel? Would you like more or less pressure? Do you remember whether I turned the oven off? (Okay, maybe not that one.) The same goes for communicating your own needs. If you are getting tired, or thirsty, or really need to leave for work, say something. Don’t leave your partner feeling guilty about enjoying a massage because you made a unilateral decision to sacrifice your needs for theirs.

Learn from the pros.

As with any skill, one of the best ways to learn to give a massage is by watching the people who are already great at it. Getting regular professional massage (hello again!) and taking a couples massage class are both helpful. Barring that, YouTube is a fantastic source of tutorials for beginners. You can search for a style you like—Swedish massage is a great place to start—or an area you’d like to focus on, like the neck and shoulders.

If you follow these guidelines, you’re going to be fine.

You may not be winning any championships, but massage isn’t a competition. If you can give a caring, relaxing massage without hurting your partner or yourself, you’re way ahead of the curve on this one. And if you feel like you need more than that … well, give me a call.

Specialized Pregnancy Massage

shutterstock_114618175ZenGate Healing Arts is THE destination and preferred place for massage & bodywork among ZenMommas of all ages.

Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is a 2005″ Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist” by Peg Johnson, RN from the formally known Wellness & Massage Training Institute, Woodridge, IL.  Undergoing an advanced certification level program in massage for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Annie’s advanced prenatal education has helped improve the level of health of the expectant and postpartum woman for over 10 years. Whether it’s an opportunity to simply unplug and relax during this special time, or reduce pain and discomfort related to the changes your body is currently going through, a prenatal massage session with Annie is guaranteed to improve your overall health & wellness.

Have more questions about massage therapy for pregnancy and postpartum? Call Annie @ (630) 935-0171 or send her an email. She is more than happy to answer any questions!

2016 Christmas Special

Purchase a 30 or 60 minute massage gift certificate and receive a 30 minute free Winter Solstice Sugar Foot Scrub with your session. Offer valid until December 31st

Purchase a 30 or 60 minute massage gift certificate and receive a 30 minute free Winter Solstice Sugar Foot Scrub with your session.

The Winter Solstice Sugar Scrub is an exfoliating  treatment for the feet with the invigorating oils of Palo Santo, Mint and Sweet Orange. Hot towels are placed to further soften the feet along with a Winter Solstice Essential Oil lotion for the foot massage leaving you feeling grounded and calm.

Pre-purchase and bank for personal use at a later date. Foot scrub and massage must be used during the same session.

Special pricing good through 12/31/16

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open your heart

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts

 

Why your legs need a massage

Why your legs need a massag

Why your legs need a massage.

Our legs do a lot for us. We use them all day, every day. Like other parts of our body they can get tired, overused, sore, and in need of some care.

Our legs take us where we want to go. They let us walk around to do what we need to do – even if it’s just to grab a snack from the kitchen.

Some jobs are physical and involve being on your feet a lot. If lifting and moving things are involved you use your legs to lift and haul them around. Job responsibilities can have repetitive actions than can overwork your muscles.

Other jobs are not very physical and involve a lot of sitting. Long periods of time with your legs in the same position causes your leg muscles to shorten, so when you do stand and walk your legs feel tight. Add commuting time in a vehicle and your legs may spend most of the day inactive. Try to include regular times through the day to get up and walk around if you can.

We may run to catch a bus, keep up with a child, or to get out of the rain.

At home we walk around to take care of our place, our family,  and our belongings. We carry laundry and groceries. We shop, cook, clean and put things away. If you have stairs you will make multiple trips up and down every day.

Yard work and home maintenance such as shoveling, snow blowing, and climbing up a ladder for christmas decorations puts our legs to use.

If you enjoy sports you use your legs to run, jump, and kick. You pedal your bike, kick your legs to swim, and run and kick in soccer. You jump in volleyball and basketball. Depending on where you live you may surf or ski which involves a lot of leg use.

For exercise or fun activities you use your legs for yoga, pilates, or fitness classes. You use your legs for lifting weights, boxing, hiking, climbing, kickboxing, and dance.

Your hip, knee, and ankle joints are all affected by your legs. Joints are under pressure from muscles and bones pulling and twisting on them. Relieving muscle pain decreases the pressure on those joints and you feel better.

Wearing high heels can add to pain in your legs, too. The heels cause your muscles to be used in different ways since they not in their natural positions.

Hip and back pain can start in your legs. If one leg hurts you will change how you walk, stand, and even sit to keep it from hurting. That adjustment will affect your other leg. Your legs attach to your hips, which connects to your back, and as more muscles are out of normal position pain begins to develop there too.

Your legs do a lot for you. Give them some attention with a massage so you can keep doing what you want.

Gift Certificates Available!

Traditional Gift Certificates are redeemable for services and products in-store at ZenGate Healing Arts. Your gift certificate can be available for office pick-up or it can be promptly mailed for your convenience, with the options of gift wrapping and a personal message.

Traditional Gift Certificates are redeemable  at ZenGate Healing Arts.

Traditional Gift Certificates are redeemable for services and products in-store at ZenGate Healing Arts. Your gift certificate can be available for office pick-up or it can be promptly mailed for your convenience, with the options of gift wrapping and a personal message.

Purchase Traditional Gift Certificates Here

Instant Online Gift Certificates!

Instant Online Gift Certificates are redeemable at ZenGate Healing Arts. You will receive your online gift certificate immediately through email.    

 Gift Certificates are redeemable at ZenGate Healing Arts. 

 

Instant Online Gift Certificates are redeemable for services and products in-store at ZenGate Healing Arts. You will receive your Gift Certificate immediately through email, with the option of a personal message.

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Some applause for great dads

ZenGate’s Baby Lily & Daddy!

Give some applause for great dads!

Gone are the days of dad working all day to come home to a pipe, slippers, and the evening paper while the kids sit waiting for dinner. This generation of fathers and step fathers are “all in” when it comes to child-raising. There’s more to a dad these days than little league coach. Men who play an active role in their children’s lives deserve a little more recognition.

Whether they are baby-wearing or carpooling, more dads are helping care for families “in the home,” some even full time. According to the US Census Bureau there were 93,000 stay-at-home-dads in the United States in 2000. Fast forward to 2012 and they reported 189,000 stay-at-home dads and it’s not only moms at “Mommy and Me” anymore!

Dads who work in the home chase kids, hold babies, sing lullabies, clean messes, play taxi driver, and juggle after school schedules. They get stressed out, touched out, and overwhelmed. These guys need “me time,” too. What does he do for down time? Work on motorcycles, play video games, hunting, fishing, workout, muscle melting massage?

Stay-at-home-dads aren’t the only awesome ones, though. Many working fathers don’t take a break when they arrive home but dive right in to home life. Cooking, cleaning, and playing with the kids is more than “pitching in,” it’s a part of life with a family. More and more dads share in the sometimes exciting, sometimes mundane activities called life.

Weekend dads are important, too. Sometimes circumstances arise in which a family lives apart. Trying to pack a week’s worth of time into a weekend can’t be easy. Going from a full house to an empty nest every other week can have an emotional effect, especially if they live miles away.

What can you do for the special man in your life who shares your home, your children, and your life? You could find tickets to his favorite baseball team’s game! Maybe there is a concert coming up he’d like to go to. Send him on a fishing/boating/hunting trip or motorcycle show/trip! Slip a muscle melting massage gift certificate into the stack of homemade cards from the kids. Heck, make him a card yourself! Cutting and painting construction paper sounds fun and he’ll know you’re “thank you” is coming from the heart!