Boston Marathon Massage Special

Runners at University of Michigan's Ford School

It’s just one week until the 2014 Boston Marathon and the whole city is buzzing with excitement and hope for a beautiful spring day in eastern Massachusetts.

We often talk about the benefits of massage for runners at Soul Flower Wellness, mostly because it’s well known: Massage helps! That’s why this year we’d like to offer a special for any runners of the Boston Marathon: 50% off the hourly rate for any of our massage techniques for the rest of April. It doesn’t matter if you finish or what your time is, we want to support your effort!

If you’re not sure what the best type of massage for runners is, check out our post on the subject last month!

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Best massage for runners?

It’s that time of year again in Boston. You can see the runners everywhere, some preparing for the Boston Marathon, others just looking to shake off some winter weight and get ready for the beaches. It got us thinking at Soul Flower Wellness: What’s the best kind of massage for runners?

Well, according to this great article on Competitor, a website for runners, there are 4 (and we agree):

  1. Active release technique
  2. Swedish massage
  3. Trigger point
  4. Deep tissue

The article goes on to share some other great tips like how often you should get a massage to avoid injury. The bottom line here is frequency reduces the risk of injury. This is extremely true with sports related injury since loose muscles get injured less. They also suggest a massage after a hard workout, again, we agree.

Of course, in addition to reducing the risk of injury, a massage after a hard workout is heavenly…And just what you deserve for taking care of your health. If you have any questions about making massage a part of your routine, please let us know!

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Massage etiquette: health edition

Drink lots of fluids!

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season in Boston. I personally like lots of extra attention and care when I’m not feeling well. But etiquette requires me to think twice before coming in for a massage, if I’m experiencing symptoms of any illness which might be contagious. Obviously, there’s a lot of physical contact with the massage therapist and although we start every session with a clean set of sheets and hands cleaned and sterilized with antibacterial lotion, we all know how germs can get around inside a building when someone really sick is around.

But besides the risk of inadvertently sharing germs with our staff of other members of Soul Flower Wellness, it’s hard to get the most out of any experience when feeling below the weather! Typical cold or flu symptoms can make you tired, dehydrated, and achy…Not a recipe for a relaxing massage.

If you are feeling poorly, be sure to drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. And don’t feel bad about cancelling if you’re not feeling well…We’ll thank you for it!


Boston: Relieve those holiday blues…

Holiday blues

Let’s face it: Unless you are a kid under the age of 12…The holidays can often be a very stressful time of year. Family pressures, shopping, spending too much money, eating unhealthy foods, and interruptions to routine can all take their toll on even the most centered individuals sometimes.

That’s why we thought it would be a good idea to suggest a few really simple things you can do (Besides treating yourself to a massage at Soul Flower Wellness in Boston!) to relieve some stress:

Take a walk

Seriously…The importance of a nice relaxing walk can’t possibly be overstated. Fresh air, time away from family pressure, and exercise are all great ways to reduce some stress in one activity.

Focus on the little ones

If you have children, shower them with attention. There’s really nothing more meditative than focusing on and caring for others. Putting the needs of another human before our own robs anxiety of it’s biggest leverage: Self-centered fear.

Drink some water

This may not have the immediate relief our first two suggestions will likely provide but drinking water is critical to a balanced, healthy life. This need is increased during times when we increase our intake of rich, sugary and/or salty foods and consume our favorite holiday, adult beverages. So don’t forget to drink plenty of good old fashioned H20! Your body will thank you for it with reduced overall stress.

Get some rest

We all overdo it around the holidays. There’s so much to do and so little time…We get it. But don’t forget to give yourself a little extra care and sleep in on one of those days off. You deserve it!

Finally, give us a call. There’s really nothing like an hour of deep tissue massage for seriously reducing stress, fatigue, and muscle aches related to all that extra shopping.


We want you! (To get a free massage)

healing handsSoul Flower Wellness is hiring and we would like your help finding the next member of our team. That’s why we’re willing to give away a free 90 minute massage in exchange for a lead on a massage therapist that leads to a new hire. It’s simple! You recommend someone to work at Soul Flower Wellness in Boston and if they are hired you get a free 90 minute massage!




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