Blog

How to Prolong the Self-Care Benefits of Massage Therapy

You come to Hand & Stone for an amazing massage. The environment, professionalism, and friendliness make your experience outstanding. You feel relaxed, refreshed, and soothed when you’re on the table. You go home – and then what? Don’t you wish you could keep those great feelings with you after...

DIY Facial Massage Tips

Do you hold stress in your face? Most of us do. Whether it’s a furrowed brow, worry lines, pursed lips or a clenched jaw, all of these unconscious responses can affect the health and appearance of your skin. Just as full-body massage helps de-stress the body and work out...

The Effects of Stress on Skin

You already know how stress affects your skin. Stress can worsen many skin conditions. The Mayo Clinic recommends stress management as one of these five tips for healthy skin, and they note that conditions like acne, eczema, itching, hives, and even hair loss can get a lot worse in...

Massage for Stress Relief and Heart Health

Massage by a registered massage therapist can help reduce stress, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. However, before getting a massage, check with your doctor to make sure it is right for you. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recognizes the important contribution of its sponsors....

What is a Registered Massage Therapist?

Have you ever wondered what the letters RMT mean, and why you would choose a registered massage therapist over an unregulated professional? Section 3 of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 states: “The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and...

Exfoliation

Exfoliation While young healthy skin cells regenerate every 27 days, that cycle slows as we age. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, increasing cell turnover. This helps reveal the new skin beneath, giving you a more radiant complexion. As well, your skin...

Spring Skin Care – Revealing the Glow

Spring Skin Care – Revealing the Glow! Over the winter, our skin tends to get dehydrated from spending so much time indoors in dry, heated air. In addition, a lot of dead skin cells build up on the surface or flake off. That’s why the two biggest priorities of...

Massage Therapy for Headaches

Do you suffer from recurring headaches? There are five types of headaches, all of which can be greatly affected by regular massage therapy intervention. Tension headaches are caused by tension in the muscles in your face and head. Sinus headaches are caused mainly by sinus congestion or infections. Rebound...

Neglected Areas

There are many body parts that people neglect during massage therapy because they are embarrassed, uncomfortable or feel it is not necessary to have addressed. What are they? The abdomen and inner thigh tissues.   The abdomen encompasses the entire digestive system along with other major organs.  Even just...

How long should a massage be?

How long should a massage be? Typically massage therapy should be at least 50 minutes to one hour for a general full body treatment to be effective.  Some establishments offer forty-five and fifty minute sessions.  A good therapist can get what needs to be addressed treated, but in my...