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South Coast Spa Finder

Summer has left us. Sunbathing has been replaced with busy after school schedules, and holiday season mayhem is right around the corner.   Luckily, there is still a place where you can at least imagine you are lying on a beach with nothing to do.  It’s called a day spa!  A good massage may be just what you need to transition from the languid days of summer to the frantic pace of fall unharmed (and without harming anyone else!).

A word about massages; they are like religion.  What may be right for you may be wrong for someone else, but they all lead to the same destination.  In the case of a good massage, this destination is a happy place where your mind and muscles are relaxed and rejuvenated.

Here is what you need to know and where you need to go for a great massage on the South Coast:

Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage: Swedish massage is what most people picture when they hear the word “massage”.   It involves the kneading, smooth strokes, and karate chop percussion moves we connect with massage.  Deep Tissue massage uses slower motions and deeper pressure on problem areas.  The therapist may use palms, fingers, and even elbows to release muscle tension.  Expect to feel a little worse before you feel better after this type of massage as next day soreness is not uncommon.  Both of these massage styles are widely used with many benefits including relief of muscle tension and improved circulation.  They are the massage classics and almost any day spa will offer them on their service menu.  Check out West Island Massage in Fairhaven for either technique.

Hot Stone Massage: You’ve undoubtedly seen the image of blissfully serene customer laying tranquilly with river stones down the length of her spine.  You can almost feel the warmth of the stones on your back as you gaze down at the magazine.  The technique involves placing smooth warm stones (about 130 degrees) on key points to loosen your muscles.  Once the muscles are loosened, the therapist uses hands and sometime the warm stones to give a gentle massage.  This type of massage is offered at many spas in the area now including the Spa at Point Independence Inn in Onset.

Reflexology:  There’s nothing like a good foot rub after a long day, or before a long day, or anytime really!  Reflexologists will tell you this is because points on the feet, hands, and ears are connected to specific organs.  The concept is that massaging a foot, for example, affects your whole body.  A reflexologist will use pressure and stretches to your feet, hands, or ears to provide balance throughout the body.  The technique can reduce pain, improve circulation, and relieve stress. Try a reflexology session at Relaxing Solutions Massage in New Bedford.

Reiki: It is interesting that Reiki is considered a massage therapy because there is no pressure applied to your body and sometimes no touch.  Instead of working your muscles Reiki works with your energy.  Reiki therapists hold their hands in or over one place at a time for 2-3 minutes.  They are working to bring universal energy to the spots that are causing your trouble and throughout the body while breaking any blocks in energy you may have.  Individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, or insomnia report relief with this technique.  You can schedule a Reiki massage at MedAsthetic Salon & Day Spa in North Dartmouth.  MedAsthetic also offers Hot Stone, Reflexology, Reiki, Pregnancy, Deep Tissue, and Swedish massage.

CranioSacral Therapy: Have you ever been told your problems are in your head? Your Craniosacral massage therapist would agree.  During a CranioSacral massage, the therapist works gently on your skull to stimulate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain and the spinal cord.  CranioSacral therapy may also include massage to your face and tailbone (sacram).  The result is a deep state of relaxation. Visit Still Waters Massage in Marion to schedule a session.  Still Waters also offers Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reiki, Reflexology, Hot Stone, and Pregnancy massage.

These are only a handful of massage techniques and day spas that are available to you here on the South Coast.  Start now and try them all before the holiday season begins.  It’s your gift to yourself!

*Individuals with medical conditions or concerns should speak to their doctor before choosing a massage technique.


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Angela Boffi
I’ve lived on the South Coast for over 20 years and still enjoy exploring its depths. There is always something new to experience or a new way to enjoy my old favorites. When we change the way we see the world, the world we see at changes. Writing about my endless South Coast adventures allows me to enjoy them long after they have ended and to connect with you, my fellow explorers. When I’m not exploring and writing about my own backyard, I advise GED and ESOL students on their education and career plans and am completing my Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. My favorite South Coast adventures usually involve food, nature, and a little more food.


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