Meeting your resolutions head on!

With the year quickly ending and 2016 around the corner it is time to take the year in review and start thinking about future goals.  One goal that is always almost at the top of the list is a healthier diet and a more toned Physique.  Here are a few New Years’ tips to help you reach your goals!

  1. Grab a partner!  Getting a partner to help keep you motivated and accountable can be one of the best tools to keep you on track.  Even if your partner is at different fitness level or has a different goal set, they can help make exercising more enjoyable and thus making you more likely to keep up your routine.  Also a little food for thought: Strong & long-standing interpersonal relationships (friendship) have a significant effect on the longevity and life of an individual; friendship = long-life & health!IMG_7340
  2. Get away from screens! No really, Step Away!  Besides making the body sedentary while being bad for the eye & posture, screens (smart phones, tablets and television) can prevent you from organic conversation, developing friendships and can easily become the crutch of procrastination.
  3. Take a walk!  Got 15 minutes? Take a brisk walk around the block (and grab the kids too), even 15 minutes can increase serotonin levels, vitamin D levels and increase circulation.
  4. Keep snacks in your car or at your desk.  More often than not, overeating is from not keeping consistent blood sugar level throughout the day.  A bag of nuts and dried fruits is a great snack food to keep at your desk, (walnuts and cranberries are great as brain food).  Tip: Low sugar and high protein keeps away hunger pains and prevent blood sugar spikes.
  5. Relax!  It is important to purposely take some time to relax, focus on self and breathe.  Massage is always a great way to naturally increase serotonin levels while increasing circulation.

SEE YOU IN 2016!

 

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Summer Sports and Massage

With the weather warming up and summer sun peaking around the corner it is hard to stay indoors.  Dusting off the cobwebs from bikes, basketballs, paddle boards and volleyball nets; the Summer bring long days and outdoor sports.  Warming up the tennis shoes while shaking off our winter coat can bring on injuries that are hard to identify and address.

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Massage can be an amazing preventative measure because it helps brings circulation to a-vascular areas like ligaments and joints that are likely to get injured during sports.

prevent injury with massageDespite all the best efforts ‘getting back to it and repetitive movement can cause injury, Sports massage is designed to address injury and stress do to sports activities.   Exquisite Massage has some of the best and highly trained sports therapists in San Diego.

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Call today to schedule a massage with our highly qualified therapists and get the most out of summer!

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Avoiding getting sick while traveling

Getting sick while traveling should not be the norm. Maintaining healthy practices while on the road is essential to a healthy immune system and will keep your mind performing optimally.

Here are a few easy and helpful tips to get the most out of your travels.

•Avoid unhealthy convenience food! Not only will this add notches to your belt but traveling naturally compromises your immune system. Nutritious eating helps increase your bodies natural immune support, increase vitamin c and get lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Healthy options are available almost everywhere, but it is always wise to keep a few heathy snack and immune support vitamins on hand.

•Give yourself time to recover! If possible give yourself a full day to recover once arriving at your destination (relax, sleep, read and generally veg). This will allow your body and mind to acclimate to its new environment and thus help your immune system to rebuild.

•Carry essential oils! Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Clove and Eucalyptus are great natural cleansers and immune boosters. If you drip a few drops into your palms rub vigorously, cup over your nose and mouth and breathe deeply you can greatly decrease the bacterial in your system (especially in close quarters like buses or planes). Thieves brand oil is a great brand than can be applied just under the nose for instant natural antibacterial effects.

•Pamper yourself! Enjoy a spa treatment, yoga / Pilates class, steam sauna, massage, facial and a full nights sleep. Pampering yourself is a super boost to your immune system, increases focus, mobility and increases brain function, really when would you not want to pamper yourself?

Weather you are on vacation or for business, traveling in not a free pass to abuse your body. It is no fun being away from home and feeling sick, take care because this life is far to short to be doing anything you don’t enjoy.

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San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

Comfrey! An amazingly well known and hardy herb, Comfrey can be added to any garden and thrives in San Diego’s environment. The plant can be used from flower to root and has many medicinal uses.

For massage the practical applications are also numerous. When added to a salve or applied as an ointment Comfrey help several common ailments.

Medicinal Uses:
-Bruises / Sprains
-Cuts & Wounds
-Eczema
-Gastritis / Ulcer
-Soar Throat
-Sunburns

Applications:

Salves:
-Reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis by reducing pain and increasing mobility.
-Diabetic Soars / Skin Issues

Teas (as a topical aid, not recommended to eat):
-Burns
-Skin Ulceration
-Abrasions
-Laceration
-Bug Bites

Fresh Leaves (bruised and applied directly):
-Bruises
-Fractures!
-Sprains

Comfrey is a powerful cellular re-generator and should not be used excessively. When taken internally it can be harmful to the liver (although that being said you have to eat huge amounts to reach toxic levels over a long period of time).

Those with liver issues or rapid cellular growth should consult with an herbalist.

August Featured Service!

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Shiatsu is derived from Asian Body healing which is 1000’s of years old.  Shiatsu is roughly translated as finger-pressure and focuses  on pressure points to alleviate pain and stress.  Today most therapists practice ZEN-Touch massage which combines pressure points with stretching.

Shiatsu is a mat based massage in which the client wears comfortable clothing that allow the body to move freely.  Practitioners will use fingers, hands, palms, elbows, knees and feet to manipulate the body.  When receiving a shiatsu treatment make sure to let the practitioner move you around, it is better if you do not assist in the movement.

Exquisite massage has many amazing therapists that practice Shiatsu and will connect your mind-body-spirit!

Meet Ben Clarke!

IMG_7180Benjamin Clarke has been practicing massage since 2009. His expertise lies in performing Swedish, Deep tissue, Sports, Reflexology, Pre-natal, Thai, and LomiLomi massage. His specialty is LomiLomi, the traditional Hawaiian massage, which is extremely relaxing and entrancing; utilizes long flowing strokes to move blood and energy through your body and create balance. He continues studying human anatomy to further his understanding of the body and is eager to share his knowledge to grow your understanding of your body. He is professional, friendly, and has a lot of energy.

Featured May Treatment!

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Highly under underused in the West, Abdominal Massage helps treat many health issues in a natural way.  A few of the ailments that abdominal massage addresses:

-Indigestion (chronic and intermittent)

-Gas / Cramp

-Stress (including headaches, indecision & sleeplessness)

-Can reduce lower back pain

-Can improve liver function

according to Harvard health publications the brain-gut connection affects stress levels and even the perception of pain:

“Research suggests that some people with functional GI disorders perceive pain more acutely than other people do because their brains do not properly regulate pain signals from the GI tract. Stress can make the existing pain seem even worse.”

A simple 5-10 minute abdominal treatment added to your massage can create lasting effects.  Ask you therapist add-on abdominal massage to your next treatment for optimal health!

Reduce Cramps

Not always he easiest subject to talk about but never-the-less an important issue for many of us ladies.

Rather than popping some Midol there are many holistic remedies than can offer very immediate and lasting results.

Eat your way to relief!

There are many natural ways to relieve the symptoms of cramps, many of which has to do with opening the veins. A few ways to address this is to increase circulation; consuming foods that naturally increase your circulation can easily be added to your diet a few favorites include:

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-Ginger or chamomile tea (with local raw honey- a natural anti-inflammatory)

-Fennel

-Red Beets (a natural iron rich vaso-dilator)

-Spinach (great source of calcium which improves muscle function & Iron)

-Fish or Flax seed (helps put essential fatty acids in the system)

Relief through Massage

One of the more lasting and immediate ways to increase circulation is to receive massage in the effected areas, massage in the lower back and abdomen can break up tissue, open veins and offer immediate relief. This technique can be uncomfortable the first time you receive it but the long term benefits far outweigh the short term uneasyness. Increase effectiveness of this treatment by using lavender or chamomile essential oils.

As an added bonus you can use Juniper or Grapefruit essential oil to reduce fluid retention.

Take a Hike

As well as helping overall wellness, exercise is a easy and accessible way to curb those cramps. Take a brisk walk around the block for relief. Keep in mind you don’t have to go crazy to get results, remember the goal is to increase circulation and a small amount of activity can accomplish this!

Part of a healthy regiment is finding natural ways to relieve everyday pain! Treat the source, not just the symptoms!

 

 

Meet our team

Here are our top therapists! Exquisite Massage is a network of talented therapists, who not only provide mobile massage services as highly trained and skilled healers, but the vision and direction of Exquisite is led by those same conscious-minded people. Our therapists take their role seriously as leaders in the field of health and well-being and continually seek ways to become more knowledgeable within their fields.
The Exquisite Massage network of therapists are chosen based on talent and their desire to be leaders in health and wellness. Rest assured you are receiving the best possible treatment that can be offered.

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Jenny Johnson CEO and General Manager of Exquisite Mobile Massage, Jenny Johnson has been practicing massage for over ten years. Utilizing many modalities, she specializes in therapeutic massage focused towards those who suffer from chronic pain, desire more flexibility and circulation. Through a life time of experience she is interested is feeling the body of pain. She also is a fitness instructor focusing on strengthening and stretching the body to alleviate pain and encourage proper alignment. Insurance accepted.

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Andrea Ervin | Assistant Manager

Andrea has traveled the world for 14 years, mostly in Europe and Asia to experience traditional ways for Better Health and Well-Being. During her travels she learning about herbs, home remedies and various massage techniques. She was inspired to start a profession in Massage and the Healing Arts in 1998. Her intuitive and nurturing communication style helps maintain healthy relationships amongst XQs’ many talented therapists. Entrusted with bringing new talent to the company she brings new and exciting contractors in which XQ can rely.

Leah Warder | Lead Therapist

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Leah is an intuitive & charismatic Holistic Health Practitioner. Introduced at a young age to the Holistic view of health and happiness, she has traveled extensively to learn and experience different cultures and practices of massage, yoga, & nutrition. Leah specializes in a blend of Eastern and Western Modalities including Tui Na, Shiatsu, Advanced Circulatory, & Cranio Sacral Therapy. She is a committed life student and is currently studying in traditional Oriental Healing. Rest assured in her hands, you will leave feeling invigorated and renewed.

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David Warder | Lead Therapist

As the son of two body workers, David has been exposed to the healing qualities of massage since childhood. Highly charismatic and attuned to placing people at ease, David honed his skills with formal training to share massage with others. David offers a comfortably firm and flowing style with influences stemming from Asian modalities.