Have you ever wondered what reflexology actually is & what makes it different from a standard foot massage?
We get asked this question a lot, and as providers of reflexology, we believe it’s important to clarify. Reflexology is much more than a foot massage – it is a means of allowing the body to achieve a deep state of relaxation & homeostasis so it can heal itself. It not only reduces generalized stress, it brings the body’s organs & their systems into an optimal state of functioning, positively affecting the circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems in the body. In reflexology theory, every organ, valve, muscle, etc. can be accessed through a point or area on the feet or hands via the central nervous system. The massage therapist applies appropriate pressure to specific reflex points that correspond to different body organs and systems. (By working between toes 2 and 3, for example, the eye point is found, while applying pressure to a specific spot in the arch of the foot affects bladder functioning.)
Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure health disorders, millions of people around the world use it to help with both physical and emotional conditions including anxiety, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, PMS, cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, kidney function, sinusitis, and pain reduction. Many people describe a profound sense of relaxation and increased energy following their session.
At the Sanctuary we offer 30 or 45 min reflexology sessions. Or save money with our Sole & Glow Package (45 min wellness facial + 30 min reflexology for $110 – a savings of $15) or the Sole Renewal Package (1 hr massage + 30 min reflexology for $135 – a savings of $15)! View Packages Here. Book Here.
With summer in full swing, getting outdoors and being more active can do wonders for our well-being. It’s a great opportunity to get back into our bodies & really think about “total body wellness”. In what ways are you taking care of yourself? What could use a little more care and attention? What is getting in the way? Here at the Sanctuary, we look at self-care from a holistic perspective, and we encourage you to do the same. It can make all the difference!
Here’s what we mean: Yes, one massage might work out that kink in your neck, but regular, ongoing massage therapy can significantly improve the way your body operates & your overall sense of well-being. Yes, one facial might clear up your skin for a week or two, but regular skincare treatments for the face and body combined with a gentle, organic, paraben and toxin free skincare regimen can add years to your appearance & bring you healthy skin for life. Yes, one private yoga or meditation session can help you get started from wherever you are, but investing in a series and beginning a regular practice under the guidance of an instructor can literally mean the difference between your seeing inner peace as an unattainable impossibility, and finding yourself already on the road to self-love and serenity. And finally, our one on one nutritional counseling and personal training sessions are designed to give you SO much more than just a list of foods to avoid or exercises to try; they help you move past roadblocks so you can access and BUILD ON the part of you that is willing to make – and maintain – small, realistic changes that, over time, add up to something huge. You are worth the investment!!
Sit Up Straight!
Poor posture is more important than you think. It doesn’t just “look bad”… it negatively affects digestion, circulation, and breathing, while causing certain muscles to be overworked & others to become increasingly weak. The pain & tightness this causes leads to constricted movements & worsening posture…and the cycle continues. Like any bad habit, poor posture can hard to break (especially when we’re hunched over a computer, tablet, or phone most of the day). Good news: unlike most bad habits, this one can be fun & relaxing to treat! Massage therapy is one of the best ways to realign your posture & help your body to correct itself. Massage relaxes & loosens sore & constricted muscles, literally “reminding” your body of its full range of motion. With regular, ongoing massage (whether Positional Release, Deep Tissue, Medical, even Swedish), pain subsides, pressure points are relieved & joints are loosened, allowing the body to align itself the way nature intended for peak efficiency. Coming in October 2013, Peter and Steph will be offering a Corrective Posture Clinic. For information, email Stephanie here.
Many people ask us – what is Shiatsu massage & what makes it different from other types of massage therapy? Shiatsu is a style of bodywork developed in Japan – “shi” meaning finger and “atsu” meaning pressure. Shiatsu’s goal is to restore the healthy flow of energy (or “chi”) throughout the body. During a shiatsu session, the client typically wears loose clothing and lays on a mat or massage table while the practitioner uses their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to specific points on the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians – similar to acupuncture but using fingers instead of needles. Unlike acupuncture, Shiatsu massage also incorporates breathing, rocking, stretching and joint rotation for a more whole-body approach to restoring energy balance. The idea is that adjusting chi helps the body heal itself from a variety of conditions, including headaches, depression, fatigue, premenstrual syndrome and digestive problems, and many, many more conditions. Call us to book your Shiatsu Session today: 914.337.9356
Insomnia is a serious problem in America today. Many who seek treatment for insomnia are immediately prescribed some type of medication that comes with a host of problems, side effects, risk of dependence, and increased tolerance.
Many people have an idea about the benefits of massage: stress reduction, improved circulation, lower heart rate/blood pressure, it even boosts immune system. Many people have also experienced what a great sleep aid massage can be. Not only does massage bring on a deep state of relaxation, but it treats many of the causes of insomnia, including migraines, pain, and muscle & joint stiffness. And-Did you know regular massage has been scientifically proven to effectively treat insomnia (significant trouble either falling or staying asleep) by changing the neuro-chemistry in the brain? Why? Insomnia is associated with a lack of serotonin. Massage increases serotonin levels which is needed for our bodies to produce melatonin which influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythm.
So, if you’re looking for a healthy, non-addictive, side effect-free way to improve both the quality & quantity of your sleep massage may be one of your best options! View our Massage Offerings Here.
New Day Spa in Bronxville offering a holistic approach to wellness, including massage and yoga opens. The Secret to ‘Our’ Success: Peter Iocovello and Stephanie Filardi – Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary
We are pleased to please to announce that our day spa in Bronxville has been featured in the local Westchester media. Our founders, Peter Iocovello and Stephanie Filardi were interviewed. Check it out!