Dear Mom 🌷💆🏻💝

Give the mom in your life the ✨zen✨ she deserves this Mother’s Day with a ZenGate Healing Arts Signature Massage Gift Certificate & Plant Therapy’s Dear Mom Set!

ZenGate’s Signature Massage for Mother’s Day promotes deep relaxation with our very own Jojoba Herbal Infusion Lavender Oil. Her session will begin with Plant Therapy Aromatherapy Forever Mom Synergy, with a sweet, smooth aroma that promotes relaxation.  The essential oils of Frankincense, Bergamot & Lavender are perfectly blended to help relax and ease Mom’s mind to reduce worry, tension and stress — A Full body massage completely customized to what she wants, with warm hot packs applied to the back and moisturizing hot towels to her feet.  Give her the zen she deserves this Mother’s Day with a ZenGate Healing Arts Signature Massage Gift Certificate !
 
Plant Therapy’s  Dear Mom set features the Forever Mom Synergy, with a sweet, smooth aroma that promotes relaxation. The essential oils of Frankincense, Bergamot & Lavender (all are KidSafe) blended to create this synergy help relax and ease Mom’s mind to reduce worry, tension, and stress — giving her a much-needed break from the craziness of her daily routine.  To Purchase Plant Therapy “Dear Mom” Set here.

12 Days of Zen Day Four

60-Minute Zenergy Healing Reiki Session for only $59!

🎶On the 4th day of zenmas my massage therapist sent to me! 🎶
A 60-minute Zenergy Healing Reiki Session for only $59!!!

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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Massage

 

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Did you know only 32% of adult Americans got a massage in the past 5 years? And only even fewer get massage regularly. So it’s not surprising that most people don’t know much about massage.

Here are some fun facts to build your knowledge:

  1. Massage can help you sleep better. (Even if you don’t nap during the actual massage.)

2. When your back hurts, that might not be the only area that needs massage. Sometimes back pain comes from the hip, legs or even the abdomen.

3. Likewise, sometimes hand and arm pain is caused by dysfunction in the neck and shoulder. The body is so crazy and weird and neat-o!

4. You can stop a massage session at any time. You never lose control of your body. At any time during a massage you can say “no”, “stop”, or even “can you just work on my neck for the rest of the time and skip everything else?” If you are uncomfortable or feel like the therapist isn’t hearing your feedback, or if you just feel like the table is too hard and you have to pee and gosh, this is awful. You can end it. Seriously.

5. Massage can help your mood. It’s been shown to be helpful in treating both anxiety and depression.  

6. Even small therapists can provide dEEEp pressure. It’s not about size, it’s about the techniques we use!

7. Biggest Myth: Massage doesn’t ‘detoxify’ your body. That whole thing is a silly myth. It was taught in many schools and you may have heard me say it, back before I knew better. But we know now that it’s just not true.

8. Massage is safe in the first trimester of pregnancy (unless there are unusual health issues).  Some practitioners choose to not do it, but that’s a liability choice. Prenatal massage is our Speciality at ZenGate, its what we do and massage so many mama’s to help alleviate aches & pains associated with the 1st trimester such as heartaches, morning sickness & fatigue. 

9. Deep tissue massage, or any massage, doesn’t need to be painful to be effective. For reals. Run screaming from any practitioner who insists there needs to be pain in a treatment.

10. Scars are living tissue that can be transformed with massage and other manual therapies, no matter how old they are. And they can be affecting you in places farther away from the visible scar than you’d ever suspect.

11. It’s OK to focus on certain areas of discomfort and not always get a full body session. If you only want your arms massaged, that’s fine, too. Sometimes, just focusing in on a specific body area can be transformative in managing pain & tension.

12. Your massage therapist loves feedback. We like to know if you hate having your feet touched, and if you looove having your ears massaged. We like knowing your musical preference and if you prefer to start face down or face up.

13. We’re also cool if you just want to chill and let us use our judgement to design the treatment.

Just know that it is my honor to be your massage therapist & a part of your journey toward health & wellness. Do you have questions about massage? Contact me or ask at your next appointment and I would LOVE to answer them!

 

5 Tips for Neck and Shoulder Care Between Massage Appointments

Self Care is not indulgence

People with neck and shoulder issues often have their pain return before their next massage appointment. Work, play and children all make demands on the body. A dull ache can quickly turn into a burning pain especially while folding laundry, doing yard work, playing on the computer or any of the other million things you do.

What can you do between professional massage appointments to take the edge off neck and shoulder pain? Here are some ideas.

1.Take a Break
Take short breaks as often as you can if you sit at a computer all day. Move your shoulders around and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Ideally you can get up and move around a bit. But even if you’re chained to the desk, you can rock out a little Deskercise to stay loose.

2.Get the kids into it
Have a short yoga break together! There are plenty of videos made especially for kids, and the moves are just as beneficial for adults. Bonus: got a little one averse to naptime? Try the lying-down postures here and maybe you’ll get a short break.

3.Heat it
Just 10-15 minutes of heat on your shoulders can make a huge difference in how your tissue moves and feels. You don’t need a fancy heating pad, you can DIY that.


4.Self-massage
Try it, you might be surprised how much it helps! It’s not complicated, just grab a tennis ball or a red rubber ball and check out these techniques.


5.Choose the right pillow
You spend about a third of your time in bed, be sure it’s cozy for your neck. Side-sleepers have different needs than belly-sleepers. The right pillow at night can help you all day.


A few minutes of self care every day, little changes, can make a huge difference in how you feel. See you at your next appointment!

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.

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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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.

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 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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Elmhurst’s Massage Therapist

Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is Elmhurst’s leading massage therapist helping professional men and women go from stressed out to feeling zentastic by reducing muscle tension and pain.

Annie Van Zeyl, LMT is Elmhurst's leading massage therapist helping professional men and women go from stressed out to feeling zentastic by reducing muscle tension and pain.

Holiday Greetings!

WINTER SPECIALSregifted or returned 

 

 

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Purchase two 60/90-minute full priced sessions & receive the third half off!  Keep them for yourself or gift them away to your love ones.
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PACKAGE SPECIAL
6-Pack 10% OFF + 1 FREE
9-Pack 15% OFF + 2 FREE
12-Pack 20% OFF + 3 FREE

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ADD-ON SPECIAL
Candy Cane Peppymint Massage with Dry Brushing Exfoliation & Foot Scrub
$10

December Specials are valid until 12/31/14.

Hours
By appointment only
Monday – Saturday

december newsletter 2014Happy December!

As winter has quickly approached us, Hanukkah a couple days away and with Christmas less then 2 weeks,  I am sure your schedules are hectic! Not to mention, dry skin, stress and muscle tension!  Luckily at ZenGate Healing Arts, I am ready to take on those aches and pains from the stress, mean-muggin shoppers and the changes in your skin.  The Studio is all set up with a cool mist humidifier for your breathing comfort, cozy flannel sheets & a warm massage table to rest on.The Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub & add-on service was a hit! I still have a few scrubs left and will continue to offer that blend (while supplies last) for the winter months! For more selection- I have created a new blend, The Candy Cane Peppymint!  Shake the hustle and bustle  by enjoying an uplifting blend of peppermint, spearmint, sweet orange and vanilla mixed with grape-seed oil for deep hydration… Oh My!   These essential oils will leave you energized and uplifted for happy holidays!  The Candy Cane Peppymint can be used during your session or during an add-on special, foot scrub? Anyone? :-)Of course, with the end of the year approaching and all of the wonderful Holidays I have some awesome specials for you! From gift certificate discounts and even bonus sessions with massage packages.  Last, but not least, ZenGate Healing Arts is finally on Yelp! I want to thank everyone who has helped spread the word and for the wonderful reviews! They mean the world to me.

My commitment is always to continue learning and to heighten the level of improvement you achieve during your ZenGate Healing Arts sessions.

In health & wellness ~