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Get a Santa Barbara Massage for a Mental Health Boost

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Feeling tired or feeling blue? We invite you to come in to Evolutions and have a massage in Santa Barbara for a mental health boost. While it is well known that massage can help many physical ailments (such as reducing pain and stiffness, relaxing muscles, and relieving headaches), it is less widely reported about how massage can benefit a person’s mental health.

The American Massage Therapy Association has published studies about the benefits of using massage to treat mental health problems in different situations. Here are the findings:

  • The use of back massage while receiving chemotherapy was shown to significantly reduce anxiety and acute fatigue.
  • An 8-week study of HIV patients who were mentally stable but diagnosed with major depressive disorder showed that the severity of depression was significantly reduced at week 4 and continued to be less at weeks 6 and 8.
  • Military veterans returning from Afghanistan or Iraq who incorporated massage therapy as part of their reintegration found that worry, anxiety, and depression (along with physical pain) was significantly reduced.
  • Nurses who received massage during work hours immediately felt relief from stress, headaches, insomnia, and other pain.

Why is massage so beneficial for a mental health boost? It is known that Swedish massage causes the body to release oxytocin. This hormone plays a role in many positive emotional aspects such as maternal instincts, love and bonding, friendship development, reduction of anxiety, and more. The mood-elevating serotonin is also released during massage.

Many consider massage a “luxury” treatment but research is revealing that it is a valuable tool for healing both the body and mind. If you’re looking to boost your mental state, boost your wellness, boost you health, and feel good – book a massage in Santa Barbara today. Contact Evolutions Medical & Day Spa at 805-695-2189 to make an appointment.

Get a Monthly Massage in Santa Barbara at Evolutions

Evolutions Santa Barbara Massage Duet (Couples) Room

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa offers a Santa Barbara Massage Duet (Couples) Room

Massage has many benefits for the body and mind. A massage can alleviate pain, enhance the immune system, lessen anxiety and depression, promote circulation to vital organs including the skin, relieve migraine pain, relax sore or tight muscles, and help a person manage stress (and this is only the tip of the iceberg, there are many more benefits). The aftereffects of a massage are just as beneficial and include enhanced sleep quality, greater concentration and energy, clarity, and reduced fatigue. Many health experts are recommending massage on a regular basis as part of a person’s well-being routine. At Evolutions Medical & Day Spa, we fully support this idea and we have a way to make it easy for you to have a monthly massage in Santa Barbara!

Our VIP Membership program is designed to give you access to monthly massages. We offer two membership levels – Gold and Silver. Our Gold membership is for those who are interested in our Medical and Day Spa services. Our Silver membership is for those who are interested in Day Spa services. Both memberships offer exclusive member-only pricing, discounts, events, and rewards including an allotment of points that are accrued each month and can be used for a massage (6o minutes for the Silver members and 90 minutes for the Gold members) or other spa services.

Join our Membership program and save on all the services and products you love while you reap the benefits of a Santa Barbara massage monthly! You won’t regret it!

Visit the Evolutions website for more information on our VIP Membership program or contact us at 805-695-2189.

Santa Barbara Massage Offer

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Sarah Simmons, new massage therapist at Evolutions

We are pleased to introduce Sarah Simmons as our new massage therapist at Evolutions. Sarah has over 10 years of experience, is a specialist in deep tissue massage, and is also excellent at Swedish massage.

For the months of December 2014 and January 2015, we are offering 20% off a normal-priced massage with Sarah. When you book your massage, let them know that you read about this on our blog post to receive your discount.

 

Call 805-695-2189 to book your Santa Barbara massage with Sarah today. 

 

Santa Barbara Massage Story

Darla Bea Smith, a marketing pro by day and DJ by night, came into our Santa Barbara Day Spa for a massage. She gave us a great review online.  In addition to the review, the story she shared with our front desk was something so many of us could relate to, so we wanted to tell more of her Santa Barbara Massage experience.

Evolutions Tea Lounge Invites You to Relax Before or After Your Day Spa Appointment

Evolutions Tea Lounge

“My company gave me an Evolutions Day Spa gift certificate…and I sat on it…for months. Last month, I was feeling pretty run down from working a lot of DJ events on the weekends and keeping up with the demands of my Monday-Friday marketing job and it was becoming obvious to my coworkers. My boss asked if I had booked my massage yet and I said no…I was saving it (for what, I don’t know!). I told her I didn’t know how I’d make time and she told me I HAD to make time – I was burning the candle at both ends.  She said start small – just call and make my appointment. It sounds so simple but putting myself first is not something that is easy for me. I needed the nudge. I called and made the appointment and I loved how they sent me a text confirmation reminder (on the day of the appointment). I went and had nothing but a wonderful experience. Everything at the spa was great – from the front desk associate and the massage therapist to the relaxing amenities offered such as a luxurious robe and a relaxing lounge to sip tea before my appointment. After my massage, I couldn’t believe how great I felt – relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

I realized that so many of us treat massage as something for a special occasion only. I don’t know what I was waiting for. If we don’t take care of ourselves, how can we be our best to others?  I’m going to make it a priority to get more massages. We are so fortunate to live in Santa Barbara, we need to enjoy great destinations like Evolutions and the incredible massage therapists they have working at the spa!”

– Darla Bea Smith
Online Marketing & PR Specialist by Day | Radio Show Hostess & DJ by Night

 

Santa Barbara Massage Testimonial

Having a massage in Santa Barbara at Evolutions is not just for the ladies! We have plenty of male customers who enjoy our massage and body treatment services. We were delighted to receive this video testimonial from a recent customer who was visiting Santa Barbara and came in for a (much needed) 60-minute deep tissue massage.

View all of our massage services at our Santa Barbara day spa. Call us at 805-695-2189 to book your massage today!

 

Massage Benefits For Your Body and Mind

Offering massage in Santa Barbara is one of the day spa services that we are most excited about. We love to see clients coming out of their treatment in a blissful daze! Massage has the ability to induce relaxation by soothing away sore muscles and easing tension that can be held in many different areas of the body. In addition to immediately feeling better, massage can also have long lasting benefits such as boosting the immune system or enabling a deeper sleep.

Here are other body and mind benefits that massage can have:

  • An increase in blood flow encourages lymph drainage (pushing toxins out of cells) which can plump up skin and add vitality to a dull complexion.
  • Regular massages can help curb migraines or at least lessen the severity of them.
  • A massage as short as 15 minutes can give your brain a boost. A study showed that those who received a 15 minute massage completed a series of math questions more accurately and quickly than those that did not.
  • A massage can help PMS symptoms like bloating and mood swings.
  • Joint flexibility and range of motion is improved, which often leads to better posture.
  • A massage is always beneficial after an injury or for post-operative rehabilitation.

Experience the benefits of a massage in Santa Barbara at Evolutions by calling 805-695-2189 to book yours today!

 

Health Benefits of a Santa Barbara Massage at Evolutions

Santa Barbara Massage at Evolutions Day Spa

Santa Barbara Massage at Evolutions

Part of our philosophy at Evolutions is to offer services and treatments that yield a “return”. Our medical spa services offer superior results and our day spa treatments offer relaxation and rejuvenation. When we added Evolutions Day Spa to our Santa Barbara Medical Spa business, we were very excited to offer massage services to the people and visitors of Santa Barbara because the benefits of a massage are abundant – both immediately and afterwards.

During a massage, most people’s heart rate slows and their blood pressure lowers, lulling them into a relaxed state. Massage is also known to lower cortisol levels (the hormone that is produced in response to stress). When cortisol declines,  there is an increase in serotonin (which plays a role in people’s moods, appetite, digestion, and sleep). An increase in serotonin can remain, even after the massage is done. A decrease in cortisol also allows for an increase in Natural Killer (NK) cells. These cells are the frontline of the immune system. An increase in NK cells can indicate a boost in immunity. In addition to boosting immunity and decreasing stress levels, studies have shown that people who receive massage on a regular basis spend more time in deep sleep – the most restorative stage of sleep for your body – which is the optimum time for your body and skin to repair and regenerate.

Some people see massage as an “indulgence” while others treat it as a “necessity”. Whatever the reason is that brings you in for your Santa Barbara massage, know that you will reap the benefits even after the massage is over.

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa offers a variety of massage services in Santa Barbara. View our Santa Barbara massage menu on our website

Santa Barbara Massage at Evolutions Helps Circulation

massage in santa barbara at evolutions day spaNow that we are offering massages in Santa Barbara at our Day Spa we love sharing the benefits of this service. Most everyone will agree that a massage has immediate benefits such as instant relaxation and lowering of stress levels – at least while one is receiving the treatment. Massage also works at a deeper level, helping to ward off (or shorten the duration of ) colds and the flu (read more about that in our recent blog post).

Our newest revelation about a massage therapy session is that it improves overall blood flow and circulation in people who have recently exercised and even those that haven’t. The increased circulation from the massage led to a quicker recovery time and less muscle soreness the next day. For more details, read the Huffington Post article, It’s True: Massages Really Are Good For You.

Whether you need to recover from a 5K race or just need some downtime, call us (805-695-2189) to book a massage at Evolutions. Chose from Swedish, Sports, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and much more. View our complete Santa Barbara Massage menu on our Day Spa website.

Massage in Santa Barbara is Beneficial During Cold and Flu Season

It may not be cold outside during this beautiful warm winter we’re having in Santa Barbara but the flu is still upon us. Kids and adults are getting the flu and it seems that the flu bug lasts far beyond the “24 hours” people typically associate with a flu illness.

Massage in Santa Barbara Boosts Immune SystemWhat can you do to try to avoid getting the flu or a winter cold?  Most of us are aware that keeping our hands clean, avoiding close contact with sick people, and practicing good health habits can help prevent the flu from entering our homes. While all of this helps spreading germs, it does not necessarily boost your immune system. What can boost your immune system is a massage. Massage therapy encourages an increase is the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells” which fight off viruses. Massage also improves circulation and better circulation promotes body warmth, healthier blood pressure levels, and an increased flow of oxygen throughout the body. Please note that the best time to reap the benefits of a massage is when you are healthy. Receiving a massage treatment while you are sick may actually spread the infection and exacerbate symptoms.

Evolutions now offers an assortment of massage in Santa Barbara. Enjoy a full 60, 75 or 90 minute massage treatment to relax and rejuvenate your mind and your body.

Visit our website to view a complete list of Santa Barbara massage services offered. To book a massage in Santa Barbara, call Evolutions at 805-687-0212. 

Santa Barbara Massage Therapy Improves Blood Pressure, Balance and Much More

Evolutions Medical and Day Spa is now offering massage in our new Santa Barbara day spa facility. A massage is a great way to relax, unwind, rejuvenate, and unplug from our busy lives.

Evolutions Day Spa Santa Barbara MassageMassage therapy has been found to help relieve aches and pains by reducing inflammation, boost immunity by increasing disease-fighting white blood cells, decrease tension headaches and reduce migraines (if done on a regular basis), increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage to rid your body of toxins, and provide an overall sense of relaxation from everyday stress. There’s even more good news though!

A recent study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork showed that weekly sessions of massage can have a positive effect on balance, the nervous system, and cardiovascular health in older adults. The study compared older adults who received six weekly 60-minute full body massages with a control group and the results revealed that the massage group experienced a decrease in blood pressure and an increase in stability. Postural stability and lower blood pressure are both important facets to leading a stronger, healthier life, especially in older adults.

At Evolutions Day Spa we offer a variety of massage services to meet your individual needs:

  • Swedish Massage: a classic massage designed to relax and nurture; 60 or 90 minutes
  • Sports Massage: a mix of deep tissue and reflexology that concentrates on areas of pain (if any) and on overworked feet; 60 or 90 minutes
  • Deep Tissue Massage: for those who prefer deeper massage or wish to target specific areas of muscle tightness; 60 or 90 minutes
  • Shiatsu Massage: a style of Japanese acupressure that is applied to specific points on the body to stimulate inner healing; 60 or 90 minutes
  • Hot Stone Massage: heated stones provide deep warmth and natural healing properties to melt away tension and stress; 75 minutes
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: a series of muscle relaxation exercises will start your session to prepare your muscles for a deep tissue massage; 90 minutes
  • Pre Natal Massage: this massage promotes healthy circulation and provides relief from swelling and cramping for the expectant mother and is done after the first trimester; 60 minutes
  • Duet Massage: our couples’ room enables you to enjoy a massage with your significant other, friend, or family member; 60 or 90 minutes

Before or after your massage at Evolutions, plan to relax in our eucalyptus dry sauna or unwind in our tea lounge. Book your Santa Barbara massage by calling Evolutions Medical and Day Spa at 805-687-0212.