Why Do Women Simply Love Foot Massage

In these days, our lives are busier and more stressful than ever. With work, family, school and community involvement all demanding our time and attention, many women find themselves spread too thin. It is easy to forget that having too much stress in our lives can have a negative effect on our emotional and physical health, but it is important to find regular and convenient ways of decreasing excess stress. For stress reduction, many women turn to exercise such as yoga or running. Others turn to spirituality. Especially for women who are on their feet all day, feet massage can be another great way to relax with the added bonus of feeling pampered!

I think one of the best gift is when a boyfriend gives her girlfriend a good foot massage. Photo from Life Hack.

Pleasures of Getting a Foot Massage

One of my close friends was given a gift certificate to a spa by her husband for their anniversary. She felt that it was a very thoughtful and luxurious gift, especially because her husband would never be the type to go to a spa himself. A gift certificate to a spa is a great way to make an important woman in your life feel pampered. My friend told me that after her day out she felt relaxed and extra self-confident. Personally, when I have a little extra money, I have occasionally splurged on a foot massage at a nail salon down the street from my house. With comfortable reclining chairs, friendly staff and an array of nail polish colors to choose from, it is the perfect way to give myself a little treat or pick me up if I’m feeling down.

Foot Massage Techniques

Some of the most important foot rub techniques that therapists may use include massaging the bottom of the foot, rotating the ankles, gently pulling and squeezing the toes, sliding fingers between the toes, and applying pressure to the arch of the foot. Of these sensual techniques, my friend and I agreed that massaging the bottom of the foot and toes were the most enjoyable. Spending a lot of time on your feet, whether standing, walking, or exercising, is apt to leave your feet feeling tense and achy. Having the bottom of the feet and toes massaged is an incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating feeling.

Last But Not Least, the Pedicure!

At most salons, the final step of the foot massage is one of the most fun: a pedicure! Women can choose from a rainbow of nail polish colors to decorate their freshly pampered feet. Especially during sandal season, nail polish is a must-have. A ruby red is always a good choice, but if you want to mix it up a little bit, why not choose an unusual color such as turquoise, butter yellow, or a glittery silver, as the perfect end to a stress-relieving day of pampering.

Author’s Bio: Ion Doaga is the owner of Massage Dreams where he writes about how to give a foot massage to your loving women. Via his posts he wants to empower people to take control of their health and show that the quality of our lives is directly linked to how we treat our mind and body.

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Why and How You Should Pamper Your Feet in a Spa

Feet are the part of your body that suffer a  lot during the course of even the easiest days. From wearing uncomfortable shoes, standing for a prolong period of time o simply trudging along on hard surfaces where every step feels like you are ruining your feet. We must also never forget all the various injuries and ailments that can affect your feet. For all these reasons, there is a definite need for some foot pampering every now and then. The best way ? Going to the spa near you.

Foot Reflexology Takes You to Heaven

Anyone who has ever been to a spa to have a massage will tell you that it is one of the best things in the world and definitely one of the most relaxing. The good news is that there are specialized massages that are concentrated specifically on your feet and that will make you feel as if someone is taking all of your problems away.

The most popular foot massage these days is the traditional foot reflexology, today much more popular as reflexology massage. The point of this massage is to get your body rid of energy blockages that accumulate over time. This is done by pressing on specific points on the foor which then release these blockages.

Thai massage is very similar to this one, with one important difference. Instead of fingers and knuckles, the masseur (masseuse) uses wooden stocks to press the points, which then in turn alleviate blockages.

If you wish, you can always go for an athletic massage of feet and legs which is more geared towrads people who spend a lot of time on their feet and who need something more therapeutic and relaxing.

Pedicures to Really Pamper Your Feet

You can get pedicures anywhere these days, but if you ask someone who actually knows a thing or two about a professional pedicure, they will tell you one thing – go to a spa. Spas employ the best professionals from the field who will certainly do a much better job compared to those in local malls whom self-taught the skill through watching a 20-minutes Youtube video on how to do pedicures.

Pedicures are the most comprehensive treatment for your feet and they will all include the most important steps – soaking, scrubbing, exfoliation, cleaning and even massages at times. In addition to this, they will cut and trim your cuticles and nails and finally give them a good polish.

Still, despite all of them involving these steps, there are many pedicures that are very different from one another. For example, the classic French pedicure will be characterized by the white tips of the nails and clear finish for the rest. The Margarita pedicure will involve all kinds of products based on lime, hence the name. The champagne pedicure involves grape products and sometimes actual wine or champagne. With the paraffin pedicure, you dip your feet in paraffin wax before applying nail polish.

New and Exciting Treatments

One of the latest treatments that you can get in spas today is the fish pedicure. With this pedicure, you dunk your feet into a tank which is filled with special fish that eat the dead skin from the feet. If you are worried about the safety issue of fish pedicure, it is good idea to first talk to a podiatry expert who will be able to tell you all about this.

There are also detox baths and wraps that many spas do and which are supposed to help your body get rid of toxins from your body. These are an incredible way to do something truly beneficial for your body and your feet.

In short, go to a spa and give your feet some pampering !

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James Burbank is a blogger who likes to write about the finer aspects of modern living, as well as green living and home improvement. He often works with Sydney podiatry clinic and asks them for advice.

Health Benefits That Massage Therapy Has To Offer

Massage by definition is the process kneading / rubbing / applying pressure by the use of hands over certain points of the body. For acupressure it could also be pressure points on the face, scalp, palm and soles.

Physical Benefits

1. In most of the accidental/sports injuries that occur, the rehabilitation process usually starts with a trained physiotherapist who along with exercises also massages the injured area with their hands or with cold/hot packs to relieve the tension in the muscles till the pain subsides.

2. Massage therapies are highly beneficial for an otherwise healthy person wherein brushing the body with thick bristle brush with bottom to top movements helps in lymphatic drainage, thereby increasing the immunity of the body against infections.

3. For the older generation who want to maintain an active lifestyle massages of the individuals joints help in maintaining the agility of the body and alleviating arthritis pain.

4. Massages are being increasingly used for sports persons just before they go out to play to improve energy, relax the muscles and help in quick movements for cricketers, boxers and kabaddi players.

5. It has also been proven that massaging the face and applying pressure on certain points also help in releasing the congestion in the sinuses helps in clearing blockages and an ease in breathing issues.

6. The world over massaging babies and infants before their showers is done so as to strengthen the bones, formation of ligaments that would in the future help the baby in taking the first steps to a healthy walking manner.

Psychological And Cognitive Benefits

1. In decreasing emotional stress that was caused by the trauma suffered by the patient. Helping the patient in improving the quality of sleep. The release of the pressure on certain nerve points also improves and clears up the thought process thereby quickening the recovery.

2. Relieving stress/anxiety related issues in public personalities before their speeches or appearances at high profile events with a gentle massage on the scalp and temple points.

Aesthetic Benefits

1. Massages like shiatsu and pressure on the face have also shown reduction in fine lines and crow’s feet if coupled with a good diet of fruits and green veggies.

2. A massage post vigorous exercise help in maintain body posture and alignment, thereby improving a person’s overall look.

The past decade the medical community has realised the importance of physical/emotional/ social rehabilitation through the various types of massages like The Swedish massage, Warm stone therapy, Deep tissue massage, Aromatherapy and have started providing majority of these services in-house. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Europe are including reimbursement of at least 50% of medical cost of physiotherapies and massages with their insurers like BUPA Arabia and EHIC cards so as to integrate them into the mainstream medical insurance system.

The benefits though would only last if the patient continues with the therapies on a regular basis just like his regular health checkups. These therapies have now improved the lifestyle and physical health of many and is also becoming an increasingly lucrative profession. Making it a point to get a body massage done weekly, just for the fun of it actually does wonders to one’s mood and a happy and smiling person is always a welcome sight.

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Alissa Jones is a passionate blogger who works on behalf of EHIC. She has been writing contents on the web professionally since 2006. As an avid reader and blogger, she shares her experience through her articles on Travel, Education, Technology, Parenting and many more.

Aromatherapy Massage – How Can It Helps to Relax Your Body and Mind ?

Having a stressful mind and exhausted body is quite common these days, all thanks to our hectic professional lift and overloading household chores. Is there any escape to it? Well, we actually cannot avoid all the tensions that come along with the work but an aromatherapy session can definitely make our weekends happier and better.

What is Aromatherapy ?

It is a form of alternative medicine that uses aromatic plant oils and other aromatic compounds for altering one’s cognitive, psychological and physical well being. Essential oils that are used for the massage are 100% original and have their own therapeutic qualities. They are available to cure almost any kind of sickness and that is why, these days, aromatherapy is becoming popular not only in spas but in homes as well. One can treat depression, asthma, congestion, insomnia, muscle tension and hypertension easily with the help of the oils.

How Essential Oils Work ?

When these oils are applied to the body, they penetrate the skin with the help of sweat glands and hair follicles. This way, they get absorbed into the body fluids. That is when their wonders begins. Depending on the type of oil chosen, you will being receiving different benefits. Some will help relax body and mind, alleviate stress and some will strength the immune system by killing harmful bacteria and virus.

Here are the most popular oils for mind and body healing:

  • Stress – Clary, Lemon, Sage, Lavender
  • Insomnia – Clary, Sage, German Chamomile, Marjoram
  • Depression – Lemon, Bergamot, Nutmeg
  • Lack of Energy – Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lemon Grass
Who Should Consider Taking an Aromatherapy Massage Session ?
This healing method is best for people who want to relax but without the strenuous muscle kneading session. It is a great way to unwind the stress after a hectic day at office. Anyone who wants to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of aromatherapy massage must go for a session once in a while.
How Aromatherapy Massage Helps Relax Body and Mind !
Inhaling essential oils has amazing effects on body and mind as the scent triggers brains reactions and helps in secreting relaxing hormones that further help a person take better control over his mind and body. Sometimes, different oils are blended together for better therapeutic effects. Since ages, aromatherapy has been practiced because it helps bring relaxation to a different level together.
Essential oils can either be applied to the body or can be inhaled, both ways are quite effective. Where the massage helps by first moisturising the skin followed by boosting blood flow inside the body, inhalation deeply relaxes and calm down the mind. 

Aromatherapy treatment is only effective when it is done with pure essence of oils and not those are synthetically created. Also, the method of doing the massage is quite important as a wrong way will not pay you much in terms of benefits. You can either book an aromatherapy massage session at a spa or bring some aromatic oils home and fill your room with their scent to relax your mind.
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Amy Screamer is a professional guest writer who is interested in writing articles about massage therapy on behalf of Holistic Therapy Cheltenham.

Weekend Plan: 5 Things You Should Do For Your Beauty and Soul

You’ve been working for a straight five days and the five days before that and the five days after that. Not to mention all the things that you do when you come home. All that housework that needs your attention and that never stops, not even during weekends. You deserve days and days of pampering, but you don’t do it, because you know that it will only make all that work pile up and wait for you to come back home. However, if you plan it carefully, you can get all the pampering you need in just one weekend and still keep your schedule as planned. Here are the five things that you need desperately to replenish both your body and your soul:

#1 Do Something Alone

During the week, you are overburdened with your work and your family, but what really makes all the difference is the excess of communication. You get so immersed into communication with others that you forget about yourself. Therefore, try and organize something that you will do on your own. Only you and yourself. Go to see a movie or shopping or just for a nice meal all on your own. It will be relaxing.

#2 Do Something With Friends

 Replace all the negative communication with the positive one. Invite your friends for a brunch downtown or some activity that you guys enjoy. It will do wonders for your soul and you will feel a lot better and far happier.

#3 Read 

You don’t have enough time for a big book and all the activities over the weekend. However, some nice collection of short stories can find place in your schedule and it will do your wondering mind a lot of good. It doesn’t need to be long, but it needs to be high quality. Choose a short novel over a magazine.

#4 Make Your Own Cosmetics 

You can browse the Internet and find some really interesting recipes that you can do at your home to pamper your body and face. These will not be as strong as those chemical peels that you can get at a regular spa, but they will give you something creative to do and you’ll have fun and pampering at the same time. This is also a nice joint activity for girls.

#5 Have A Good Massage 

Invite a friend or go by yourself, but splurge for a professional, relaxing massage. It will not replace the whole spa weekend, but it will give your body and your soul the much needed boost for a new work week. 

There are tons of other things that you can do on your own to replenish your energy. These tips are mainly about things that you can do on your own or with a friend. However, if you have the time and the money, you should definitely enjoy some of those spa weekends in some amazing and wonderful spa. That really does wonders for you and makes you a new person.

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Sophie is a beauty specialist from Perth, Australia. She is currently working at a prestige clinic for plastic surgery in Perth. Thanks for sharing the beauty tips & tricks.

Passage New York – A Boutique Spa With Fashion Sense

Passage New York

I received an invitation from Passage New York which they are willing to give me one session of free massage in return for an review for their spa. However, as the entitlement was only for females customers only, I had to rope in my girl friend for the review which I took two weeks to confirm due to my busy work schedule.

Calming Experience

Front door of Passage New York
Front door of Passage New York

Despite located in the bustling business district, one feels calm when you have entered the spa, where there is serenity and soft background calming music. Greeted by the friendly staff, it just let you forget hectic work routine and give you a reason to smile on.

While my girl friend was being ushered to her massage room, the friendly staff show me around the spa and explained in details the services which they are providing. To my surprise, the spa has been around in the area for more than a decade and despite the competitive market nowadays, Passage New York has already proven their strength and services in long years of servicing.

Passage New York Reception Area
Reception of Passage New York – Greeted by friendly staff

Most of the staff has been working since the opening of spa and they have great products and services knowledge which they are promoting to the clients which I believe why they have many returning customers. Furthermore, their skilled certified therapists are trained properly to ensure customers leave the spa with a pleasant spa experience. I believe this factor is lacking in the spa industry whereby most of the recent players are looking profits through hard selling of spa packages rather than their services.

Passage New York Lounge Area
Waiting at the lounge area and politely greeted by the staff

Starting out as a single storey facial and massage spa, they managed to expand their premises during the last few years to a two storey facial and massage spa, together with a door front fashion boutique. This unique combination definitely produce an extraordinary experience to the customers.  Their current premises holds 14 facial treatment rooms, 7 individual massage rooms and 2 couple massage rooms.

Massage Treatments

Passage New York's massage & facial treatment rooms
Clients can relax or enjoy their drink while waiting or after their treatment.

Despite being a female only spa, Passage New York allows females that sign up packages to bring along their spouse / boyfriend for their massage and facial services, which they can deduct from the same spa package. Talking about this, the friendly staff was not convinced that I would be able to write a good review without experiencing the massage myself, thus they have exceptionally willing to schedule another round of massage session for me before I write a review of it. My girl friend, on other hand, seldom go for body massage has praised the therapists of her skills and was very satisfied with the experience.

Facial Products

Passage New York range of skin care products
Passage New York’s range of skincare products

One of the reason which Passage New York has been placed first place by their customer is their organic plant-based facial products which they have selected carefully for customers who have sensitive skin problems. Their products has also been proven to work in line with some of the treatments from doctors that helps to reduce skin sensitivity. Passage New York also respect the privacy of customer and they have several individual consultation rooms for query on Spa and facial treatments.

Passage New York Consultation Room
Consultation Rooms

Fashion Boutique

Fashion boutique of Passage New York
Fashion boutique located at spa front. Lined with exquisite dresses and handbags

Putting in effort as a complement to their facial and spa services, their boutique are also a no nonsense effort put in as well. Passage New York has engaged marketing designers to source for exquisite dresses and handbags from overseas. It creates an ultimate fashion sense which you would not find in general stores in Singapore. Though the fashion boutique is incorporate as a sideline business to their spa, they also provides tailor services to customer who bought the dresses and alteration can be done in the spa itself and be collected during their next visit. What a thoughtful act !

It is definitely a place which executive could shoved away their mobile phone for a while and enjoy the tranquil of the spa. Furthermore, it is walking distance from Raffles MRT and Tanjong Pagar MRT, it would not cause much hassle to travel long way for a good retreat for yourself.


Quote “Berishiok blog” during reservations to enjoy a luxurious treatment spa package only at $98 at Passage New York. The treatment spa package includes

  • Collagen, Lifting and Whitening Facial Treatment with Diamond Peel (U.P $380)
  • Complimentary Revitalizing and Therapeutic Body Massage (U.P $150)
  • Compliementary Leather Bag worth $450
  • Compliementary $50 Passage New York Voucher.

Terms & Conditions

  • Valid till 31st July 2013
  • Reservation is required. Please call 6226 0888 and quote “Berishiok Blog” during the reservations
  • Valid for female and first time customer only. Singaporeans, PRs, and EP holders aged 25 years old and above are welcome.
  • Complimentary Leather Bag are for while stock last basis. Designs and colors may vary depending on stock.
  • Passage New York reserves all rights to alter and amend any terms and condition without prior notice.

Passage New York
133 Cecil Street
#01-01 Keck Seng Tower
Singapore 069535
Reservations: +65 6226 0888
Email: contactus@passagenewyork.com
Monday to Friday: 11am to 9.30pm
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays