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Friday, 06 February 2015 11:02

Staying “Heart Healthy” Through Massage Therapy

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Complexions Talks Pampering with a Purpose for American Heart Month

SARATOGA SPRINGS – During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. Not only is February the month home to Valentine’s Day, it’s also American Heart Month – a time to show yourself some love by learning about your risks for heart disease and how to stay “heart healthy” for yourself and your loved ones. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease – including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure – is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. Cardiovascular disease costs the U.S. over $300 billion each year, including the cost of health care services, medications and lost productivity. The good news is you can control a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including: diet, physical activity, tobacco use, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes.

Denise Dubois, owner of Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness – with locations in Saratoga Springs and Albany – says a regular massage regimen is a great way to begin a healthy relationship with your heart.

“Massage therapy helps to reduce stress, induces relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing; and I think it’s very important in today’s stressful world that we live in,” said Dubois.

Various research studies show a good massage, done by a skilled and qualified therapist, can stimulate the nerve endings in skin, release endorphins and inhibit the stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline. Blood will also circulate more efficiently, diastolic and systolic blood pressure will drop and heart rates will slow down.

“We’re really fortunate to have a very qualified team of experienced and licensed therapists,” said Dubois. “Our clients are in good hands.”

Sarah Jurica is a member of Complexions’ team of massage therapists. Having been a licensed massage therapist for the last 15 years, Jurica says being a massage therapist is a rewarding and important career. 

“I think a lot of people think of massages as a treat or only as a way to relax, but it’s really important for your overall health,” said Jurica. “To go to work every day and be in a profession where you’re helping others and improving other’s lives, it’s very gratifying.”

Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness offers several massage services including: hot stone, Thai poultice massage, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, and Japanese Shiatsu massage, among others.

“The health benefits really come from having [massage therapy] done regularly,” said Dubois. “People need to come in at least once a month and in some cases, especially for heart health, twice a month to really get those benefits.”

To encourage the incorporation of regular massage therapy into your health regimen, Complexions is offering a limited-time special – a package of three, 60-minute therapeutic massage sessions at a reduced price of $235.

We really want people to come in at least three times in a row so they can physically experience and feel the health benefits,” said Dubois. “So many people just think of a massage or a spa visit as a luxury or a treat, but if they were to do it regularly as it is suggested, then they’ll experience the benefits.”

Regular massage therapy combined with the use of other services offered at Complexions such as the wellness lounge, sauna, steam room, deluge cold plunge and the relaxation lounge, creates ties the wellness experience together to truly pamper with a purpose.

Memberships to Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness are currently offered. For more information on memberships or to book an appointment, call Complexions’ Saratoga location at 306-5502 and visit complexions.com.

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