Meet our Massage Therapist: Mary!
Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Education. In 2013 -2015 she studied massage at The Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She trained in body, mind and spirit techniques for massage and healing. She practices several modalities: Swedish Massage; Deep Tissue: Myofascial Techniques; Sports Massage; Medical Massage; Pregnancy Massage; Trigger Points; Reflexology; and Aromatherapy. She has a Swedish Institute Certification In Medical Massage: The Strenta Method and Prenatal & Postnatal Massage Certification.
Mary has been working as a massage therapist for five years. Mary’s goal in each massage session is to create an experience that facilitates the integration of the client’s body, mind and spirit. Each massage session is tailored for the individual client and is a unique experience.
Mary’s Park Ave. Schedule:
- Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
- Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
- Sunday: 9:00am-9:00pm
What does wellness mean to you?
After reading Bruce Lipton’s book “The Biology of Belief: Unleashing The Power of Consciousness“, I realized the importance of positive thinking for my mental, spiritual and physical well-being and health. In his book he says that genes are just blueprints and we give them power to turn on and off with our beliefs. He also states that most health problems occur because of misleading ideas we have learned.
So for me wellness is a state of mind. My words and thought have a lot to do state of mind and consequently my inner wellness. Since my state of mind can be changed, so can my health. Living in the present moment, not living the past or future is very important for me. I achieve it through meditation, journaling, spiritual practice, massage therapy, eating healthy, exercising regularly.
Massage therapy is a very good way to relax and help stay me in the present moment, both giving and receiving massage. Massage therapy relieves stress in a number of ways. Oasis Day Spa provides a relaxing environment with low lights, soft candles, quiet music that allows you to disconnect from the outside world and your electronics, so you can unwind and can focus on the present. Aromatherapy can help with relaxation and healing. Breathing deeply during the massage releases tension and anxiety and clears the mind. Massage reduces stress hormones by 30% and increases serotonin and dopamine levels by 28% and 21% so relaxing muscle tension and increased well-being.
Why did you get into Massage Therapy?
I learned the power of touch first hand when my newborn son was under going medical tests. When the nurse rolled him out of the testing room crying uncontrollably. I laid my hand on his head and instantly he stopped crying. As a new mom I was amazed at the power of touch and that he possibly recognized my touch, even though he was only two days old.
I started to massage my son on a regular basis. I learned it has a lot of benefits for young infants: reduces crying; increases daily weight gain; helps develop muscle tone; helps the baby sleep better and helps with relaxation. Even as my son got older he would ask me to massage his head and shoulders.
Twenty years later when I was looking for more purpose in my life and a career change I choose Massage Therapy and I haven’t looked back. I spend my working hours in a relaxing peaceful environment, providing massage services to clients who maybe in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Through touch I facilitate the healing process and can restore emotional balance.
What is currently your favorite treatment at Oasis and why?
My favorite treatment is the Muscle Meltdown Massage* 60mins/90mins, Swedish or Deep Tissue. This massage includes heat pack placed on the back. The heat promotes blood flow to the muscles. Heat penetrates deep into the muscle to help loosen the back muscles, relieve tension and enables them to relax. Consequently, the muscles and soft tissue are easier to manipulate during the session with faster results for the client.
During the massage Magsoothium gel is applied to the back. This contains the following ingredients: Magnesium Sulfate – reduces aches, pains and inflammation; Arnica- helps reduce bruising, soreness from aches, pain, and inflammation; Menthol- pain relief and anti-inflammatory; Cacao- contains omega 6 fatty acids which helps repair cells; Shea Butter- contains natural vitamins and fatty acids helps nourish skin; Olive oil- anti-aging antioxidant; and CBD Oil/Hemp Oil- omega -3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helps maintain healthy cells and nerves.The cold marble stones reduce inflammation in the back muscles by decreasing blood flow.
We have so much to offer and a client’s needs change throughout the year. During your spring allergy season you might want more time focused on the acupressure points around the sinuses and a 30 minute Scalp Massage with eucalyptus aromatherapy added to your usual Swedish Massage would be perfect. In the fall, as the weather gets colder, it might be nice to incorporate some stretches into your session for the stiffness you’ve been feeling and couple that with a muscle meltdown treatment that incorporates moist heat, a pain relieving gel and cool marble stones. These are just a few examples but the seasonal specials change every 2 months and are always posted on the Oasis website so check them out! They come at a great discount too!
* Note: Currently Muscle Meltdown Massage is unavailable. Learn more here.