Feeling the Stress of the Holidays?

Feeling the stress of the approaching holiday season?  It can be overwhelming to think of all of the holiday shopping, the cooking, the kids, the extra family and of course how to entertain them all.  At Urban Squeeze we really do believe in taking time out for yourself and not abandoning your well fought for healthy habits.  Often we can overindulge which leads to even more stress.

The Mayo Clinic suggests getting a massage which can lead to “reduced stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.”  Massage has a number of benefits but truly helps one to relax and center their mind and breathing.  Research shows that massage therapy can relieve  significant physical and psychological stress including decreased blood pressure and heart rate.  The same research also suggests massage:

  • Lowers oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels
  • Decreases heart rate, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure
  • Reduces trait anxiety with a course of treatment providing benefits similar to psychotherapy
  • Reduces depression in those with high blood pressure

So, if you are feeling the anxiety and stress this season, don’t forget to book your appointment at Urban Squeeze.  We suggest a 60 minute Soothe massage with an added Heated Deep Tissue Bamboo treatment.  This massage technique incorporates heated bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. Promoting circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic release while providing a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.  You might also add Hot Stones for a delightful warm treatment using heated stones to rub away tension.

Also, give the gift of stress relief with our limited time gift card promotions:

Members only – get a gift card worth $99 for only $64

New members – a free 60 min service gift card

 Non-Members spend $79 and get $99 gift card 

Did You Know Pumpkin is Anti-Aging?

And that is not all.  Traditionally we think of pumpkins during the fall season when pumpkin spice latte’s and pumpkin patches begin to be advertised.  But did you know that pumpkins have a number of beneficial qualities both when used topically and when eaten?  After our research we found four main benefits:

  1. Anti-aging antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin A, which boost collagen production and the elasticity of your skin.  Antioxidants also can prevent certain degenerative damage, especially to your skin and eyes.
  2. Fruit enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids – these increase cell production which results in more vibrant and glowing skin.  No more dry and dull skin after a pumpkin facial.
  3.  Nutrient-dense, meaning that it can penetrate deeper into cells to have a more prominent outcome when applied directly onto the skin and when ingested.
  4. Overall a healthy body when eaten regularly pumpkin has a large amount of potassium, beta-carotene, and fiber which can have a positive effect on weight management, blood pressure, and interruption in the aging process.  The beta-carotene in pumpkin converts into vitamin A and has been said to contribute to a stronger immune system and healthier hair!

At Urban Squeeze we have done the research and now offer a pumpkin facial.
To seal the benefits and continue to reap the profits from your treatment, founder and owner Rachael Smolinsky enthusiastically recommend pumpkin seed oil, saying, “I love pumpkin seed oil! It’s known as liquid gold and has natural sun protection and locks in the anti-aging antioxidants and enzymes.  I personally use Mountain Rose Herbs oil, which is offered at a price that won’t break your bank.  Buy the Guiltless Skincare cleanser that includes the pumpkin oil at your next visit, when you book your Pumpkin Facial with our facial experts.

Demystifying Cupping

For those of you living with systematic pain or have trouble enjoying a massage due to pressure or pain, cupping may be your solution.  As our resident expert Teddy explains, “cupping is a form of myofascial release that relieves muscle aches due to pain, stress, and soreness.  It stimulates blood flow and removes toxins through the lymphatic system, which can affect every system in the body.” 

To understand how cupping works, think of your body as layers in a cake. Your top layer is your skin and is held in place by the next frosting like layer known as fascial tissues.  Just like frosting, fascial tissues are sticky and allow the skin to adhere to the next lower layer, your muscles. The frosting, or your fascial tissues help with stabilizing your skin to your muscles yet can also adjust to your routine and in some areas of the body can collect and cause decreased mobility and a decrease blood and neuron flow.

When the cups are placed upon these collected areas, they create a suction that allows your fascial tissues to stretch which allows any stagnant areas fresh blood flow to increase range of motion and over all healing.  Although the after-affect looks like painful bruising, it is a healing and stress relieving therapy.  The after bruising usually only lasts a few days, but the effects last much longer.  You can also minimize the bruising by staying hydrated. 

Our Urban Squeeze founder Rachael Smolinski can attest to the healing benefits.  As a mother of two who stays active and is often on her feet most of the work week, she sought out cupping to relieve chronic pain, she says, “I had a punishing bone spur in the joint of my ring finger and couldn’t place any pressure on my hand. After my first cupping session the bone spur was completely gone.  I don’t know if cupping will work for everyone this way, but I have been experiencing chronic tension and have felt so free after a treatment. I literally crave cupping now!”

Teddy has been in body work for over 10 years and understands how to accommodate everyone she works with.  It is vital for her to understand pressure preferences and pain tolerance to create lasting effects and desired outcomes.

We often recommend cupping for not only those who are suffering from pain, but also those with chronic illness that need relief or even individuals who are trying to combat infertility.  Teddy really loves cupping because it is an excellent way to achieve lasting results in a short period of time.  Her schedule is filling up, so book your cupping therapy now. 

Is Reiki Right For You?

The Oxford English dictionary defines Reiki as “a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient’s body and restore physical and emotional well-being.”
At Urban Squeeze, we are pleased to have an expert that is passionate about not only its natural healing, but also its many physical and mental benefits; meaning this therapy is hands-on yet extends wellbeing to the often-exhausting mental unbalances which are caused by anxiety, trauma, stress, and more. 
Isa has been doing body work, including massage, for 18 years and most recently a Reiki Master in 2016.  She connects with her ever growing regular clientele because she has the foundation of understanding the body and the mind. 
In a recent interview, she states “I love all things natural, so I have found the natural benefits of mind, body, and spirit aligned with my core values of honesty, integrity, unconditional love and respect for self and humanity, and above all no judgement. We could say sacred energy, as Reiki in Japanese ‘Rei’ means universal and ‘ki’ means life force energy.  It gently balances and recharges the body to trigger its natural healing ability. I would recommend Reiki to anyone who needs to release stress and tension, needs better sleep, needs support with their immune system, needs to stimulate and balance their circulation system and lymphatic system, and anyone who needs to increase vitality.”
Reiki has also been linked to easing chronic pain, reducing drug side-effects like chemotherapy, and overall bring the body, mind, and soul back into harmony. Do you need a little mental and physical healing?
Book your Reiki therapy treatment today – Isa’s calendar is filling quickly.

Exercise Massage Benefits

Running a marathon this summer? Avid cyclist or golfer?  More than likely you are putting perpetual stress on your muscles and body which can affect your performance and endurance.  Here are Urban Squeeze we believe not only in taking care of the aftermath your body undergoes, but also working to maintain your peak strength for continues growth.  Our resident Sport Massage expert John is just the therapist to take care of all your physical needs.  Not only does he specialize in Sports Massage, he also has in-depth knowledge and practice in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myokinetic techniques, and Kinesiology.  

Through his own journey of pushing his body to it’s limits he has discovered that he found the best results through massage and especially with Myofacial release, or pain relief therapy, stating “I like to do sports massage because of the recovery I’ve received from it myself.  I noticed looseness in my muscles and received more freedom of movement.  Anyone seeking a specific goal for their cycling, running, swimming, golfing, etcetera will benefit from sports massage and neuromuscular therapy.”

With over twelve years of experience John is truly a master of his craft and we are pleased to have him as our resident expert.