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With the holiday season quickly approaching, many find themselves overwhelmed. Shopping lists, party planning, school and work events, not to mention family can be stressful. Counteract your seasonal stress this year, by practicing gratitude. Celebrate the small things that bring you joy. Practice shifting your perspective to give yourself a more positive, balanced mindset.

1.Celebrate Your Community

Who’s lifted you up recently? Who in your life are you grateful for? Think of someone valuable in your life- thank them, shower them with...

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the power of community

Even if you’re an independent person who doesn't ask for support (very often), nothing beats having someone in your corner when times get tough. At Vita Wellness, we take great pride in our community and we want our clients to have the energy and confidence to thrive within their respective communities as well. Let's take a closer look at why community is so important.

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Empower YourSelf with Massage

Learning to Love Who We Are The statistics are alarming. The majority of U.S. women--some estimate more than 80 percent--are unhappy with their appearance. At least 10 million young women, and 1 million young men have an eating disorder. Girls as young as 6 and 7 are expressing disapproval of their looks, and most fourth-grade girls are already diet veterans. Most unsettling is the fact that more women, and girls, fear becoming fat than they do dying.

Combating the Images How do you see yourself? Are you content with the person looking back at you...

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massage for men

Some guys tend to think that massages are just for women. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. A professional massage can have a positive impact on various aspects of a man's life. Here's why even the toughest of guys can benefit from a massage.

Stress Relief

Whether you're a hardworking businessman or dad, stress can take a serious toll on your overall wellness. Long-term anxiety is especially taxing on the body. Some of the physical symptoms of stress include chest pain, tense muscles, and nausea.

When you're stressed out, it's also...

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Why Creatives Need Massage

At Vita Wellness, we have a variety of clients in many professions and stages of life. From creative professionals, busy entrepreneurs, to working mom's, our sole intention is to empower you to thrive in your life! Read on to see just some of the benefits of massage if you fall into one of these categories, and schedule your massage with one of our skilled Austin massage therapists online today!

1) Massages Work Wonders On Pain And Flexibility

Whether you're a hard-working entrepreneur sitting at your desk all day, or a mom bending down to pick up toys, most...

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As great as it is to take care of those we love, it's important to also look after ourselves. If we don't cultivate self-care in some form or fashion, we are unable to truly be the best person we can be, and as a result, we’ll be unable to take care of our loved ones as well as we otherwise could.

One of Vita’s core principles is collaboration. We love building relationships, being connected to each other & to the place we live~ it’s is an essential aspect of living a vibrant life! Luckily, Austin is home to many businesses and practitioners that can help...

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massage on vacation

Plan that beach get-a-way. Visit that city on your bucket-list. Go international! Make that action happen- you deserve it. And don't forget, in between that hammock-lounging, food-touring, and night life exploration, consider booking a massage at your vacation destination. For many of us, daily life is filled with long work hours, appointments, stressful deadlines, countless errands and life maintenance. Although these tasks are 'normal' in today's world, they can certainly be a drain on your mind and body. It’s imperative to unplug and relax once in a while. Taking a vacation...

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pregnancy massage

As an expectant mother, you're likely focused on providing the best environment that you can for your baby to grow. You’re probably also researching how to navigate your pregnancy in the healthiest ways. While certain choices like not smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy are well-known, another factor that has recently come to attention for many mothers and scientists is the impact stress can have on the body during pregnancy. One way to relieve stress during pregnancy is through prenatal massage. Learn more about this type of massage, and contact Vita Wellness today to set up your...

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Benefits of massage therapy

What kind of massage client are you? Do you make an appointment after someone has given you a massage gift certificate? Do you try to get in every now and then for a stress-relieving tune-up? Or do you see your therapist religiously--once a week, every three weeks, once a month?

While getting a massage--regardless of how often--is incredibly beneficial to your body and mind, getting frequent massage treatments is even more powerful as a healthcare ally.

"People who get massage regularly demonstrate a reduction in pain and muscular tension and an improvement in posture," says...

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Massage benefits

Physician and holistic health pioneer Rachel Naomi Remen once confessed that as a pediatric intern she was an unrepentant baby kisser, often smooching her little patients as she made her rounds at the hospital. She did this when no one was looking because she sensed her colleagues would frown on her behavior, even though she couldn't think of a single reason not to do it.

The lack of basic human contact in our high-tech medical system reflects a larger social ill that has only recently started to get some attention--touch deprivation. The cultural landscape is puzzling. On the one...

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doTerra Oils

Aromatherapy, a process utilizing the purest essence of a plant, is a 4,000-year-old technique that has enhanced the health of everyone from modern-day pop divas to the scholars of ancient Greece. The art of massage has its own deeply rich roots, with even Plato and Socrates touting the value of hands-on bodywork for good health.

Separately, these two therapeutic traditions hold individual prowess in the realm of personal health and well-being. Together, however, they become a formidable health alliance that can address not only a person's physical health, but the health of the mind...

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Massage therapy for back pain

Whether it's a pulled muscle from yoga class or an afternoon basketball game, or a long-term pain caused by injury, most of us will come to know the beast that is called back pain. In fact, when it comes to low-back pain specifically, researchers say that 70-85 percent of the population will experience it at some point in their lives.

Causes of Pain Experts say the cause of back pain can be the result of several factors. High on the list is stress. When our body is stressed, we literally begin to pull inward: the shoulders roll forward and move up to the ears, the...

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Sports Massage for Athletes

For years, professional athletes and their coaches have relied on the healing power of massage. Many athletes and fitness fanatics are used to being sore after a workout, but many don’t realize that their body’s recovery might be impeding them from reaching their full fitness potential.

Besides feeling good, massage has many physiological benefits that can help everyday athletes and active people make the most of their workouts. Read on to see the specific benefits of massage for your favorite way to move.

Massage for CrossFit

CrossFit workouts encourage...

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Corporate Wellness Ideas - Massage

In today's modern workplace, employee benefits are almost as important as salary levels. With that in mind, many employers are rethinking their wellness benefits as a part of their company culture. In addition, more and more research is highlighting the impact that health and wellness have in the workplace. By giving your employees opportunities to relax and recharge, it can increase productivity and reduce turnover, all while strengthening your company's moral.

While traditional workplace wellness programs include things like health insurance and gym memberships, workplace massage...

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fitness and massage

Fitness and massage have long been natural companions. The practice of integrating the two into your training may allow you to more easily reach your wellness and performance goals. Regular massage sessions won't just help you relax. They can help you feel more physically and psychologically fit.

Anytime you exercise or engage in intense physical activity, you are tightening and tensing your muscles. The purpose, of course, is to build stronger muscles and increase overall muscle mass, but working out damages muscles. It is damaged muscle fibers that make you feel sore or ache after...

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Why Entrepreneurs need Massage Therapy

What do you think about the concept that “You can’t pour from an empty cup”? Think of your energy level, along with your vitality, health, and wellness, as a glass of water. At the beginning of the week, your glass may be full of fresh, clean water. As the week goes on, you give to the things in your life that are important to you and need your attention; your work, your challenges, your goals, and your people. As the days go by, that glass of water starts to become depleted. At some point, you’re going to end up with nothing left in your glass and then you have nothing...

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Deep Pressure Massage

There are many types of massage therapy, and it can be hard to remember what to expect for each. However, deep massage is one variation where it's important to know what it is and how it works because you could wind up in a lot more pain than you anticipated.

What is Deep Massage?

Deep massage, also known as deep pressure massage, uses very firm pressure and slow, smooth strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle and the pressures surrounding those muscles. In general, those with tension or perpetually tight areas benefit most from this type of...

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Massage Therapy Austin TX

So you've booked a massage at Vita Wellness, and are ready for some much-needed relaxation. While our stellar massage therapists will create a personalized massage session for your unique needs, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the most out of your massage therapy session. Read on to see some easy tips for receiving the best massage ever!

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Deep Massage Austin

Many people use the terms “deep tissue” and “deep pressure” interchangeably when they talk about their massage preferences. The two techniques, however, are quite different and have very distinct goals.

Deep tissue massage is also known as clinical massage and has a very specific purpose. It involves using focused pressure to directly manipulate tissue fibers to help muscle or connective tissue that has been injured or otherwise compromised. It is used to break up scar tissue, release adhesions where muscle or tissue layers have stuck together, or separate muscle fibers...

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Massage and body image

I look at my 3-year-old daughter and worry, have I unknowingly skewed her view of the world and her place in it? Despite my best efforts, have I already "tainted" her with my own lapses in self-esteem?

Maybe she hasn't seen me throw a disapproving, albeit silent, look at my own backside in the mirror or overheard me talking about the post-baby (also known as the fell-in-love-with-Oreos-while-nursing) fat that still clings to me like a cheap sweater. Maybe my little dark-eyed beauty won't become dissatisfied with her own looks in favor of Barbie's by the time she's 5. And maybe she'll...

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bridal massage

A bachelorette or bridal party is a great way to let loose, have fun with your closest friends, and burn off some steam from any wedding-related stress. Wedding planning can be hard, and being able to celebrate with your closest friends can help relax you before your big day. What better way to relax and have fun with your friends than getting a group massage from talented massage therapists? At Vita Wellness, our bridal massage services come to you, so your bridal party can enjoy a relaxing massage before your parties or unwind after a fun night out, wherever you are! Here are three top...

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Workplace Mobile Massage

Any business owner can attest to the fact that happier, healthier employees lead to greater productivity and efficiency in the workplace. Employees tend to take fewer mental health, personal, and sick days when they are experiencing optimal wellness at work. In fact, investing in your employees’ physical and mental health can result in less churn, more productive workers, and an overall more efficient workplace, which can in turn lead to more revenue for your business. Read on to learn more about the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, and see how Vita Wellness can help through our...

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Sports Massage for Athletes

Sports Massage a Must for Athletic Performance

"It was my first marathon and I'd been fighting a 20 mile-an-hour headwind for most of the race. When I finished, my upper back and hamstrings were so tight I couldn't stretch them myself," says Colorado athlete Camie Larson. "My husband, Jamie, found me and led me to the massage line. When I got to the massage therapist, she quickly assessed my condition. She worked on my hamstrings, softening and gently stretching them until they were loose enough so I could stretch them myself the rest of the day. She also...

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Celebrate Healthy Living

When we think of celebrations, we often think of the big events in peoples’ lives: birthdays, graduations, weddings, and job promotions. But what about small celebrations? How do we celebrate our wins when they aren’t “big wins”?

Why does it feel good to celebrate? There are scientific reasons behind the giddy feeling of celebration. When we feel a sense of positive reward, our brains release dopamine—a neurotransmitter in our brains that helps to control our emotional responses. When we feel we’ve accomplished something worthy of celebration, our...

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Healthy Living Routines

Today we’re talking LOVE, but probably the hardest kind – SELF love.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard every version of what self love means; what it is and isn’t, how to find it and that it can’t be found if you’re looking for it in all the wrong places. I’m pretty sure the topic is nearing burnout, but I’d like to think that it’s because the struggle of finding genuine love in yourself, for yourself, is a language most are familiar with; it's something everyone who's been lucky enough to "find" has fought hard for and it's something, I think, everyone wants for each...

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massage gift certificates

As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may be thinking about what to give your loved ones this year. Before browsing online or running to the nearest mall, consider giving your friends and family the gift of massage. They'll love feeling pampered and relaxed, and you can rest assured that your gift will actually be useful! Read on to see just a few reasons to give the gift of massage in Austin, and contact our massage boutique to learn more about our gift card options.

Holidays Can Be Stressful Even though the holidays are a great time of year that most look...

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Massage Gift Certificate for the Holidays

Ahhh the holidays...a time of buzzing around, pumpkin spice everything and let's-get-celebrating activities. As we consider gifting to our loved ones, this season, consider supporting self-care and give the gift of wellness! We've curated small gifts from our 'Healthy-Habits Tool Kit'. All of which bring JOY and make BIG differences. Of course, add a massage gift certificate to any of these bundles for the ultimate gift of relaxation! Here's our TOP 5 Gifting Guide to simplify your life.

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Hannah Ice-Cook, LMT

As a college undergrad, I took my first step towards my bodywork journey. I switched majors from psychology to dance—deciding that I wanted to spend the remainder of my college years doing what I loved.

Upon graduation, I ended up getting hired as a ballet and jazz instructor at a small studio in Minnesota. There, I met lots of dancers and dance instructors who were also massage therapists. I began to think about the courses I took as an undergraduate—kinesiology, anatomy, dance technique—and saw the correlation between dance and massage therapy. I kept this idea in the back of my...

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Stacy Deurlein, LMT

If you asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I grew up, the only answer I ever had was that I wanted to do something that helped other people. Having experienced tragedy early in life, I wanted to have a career in which I was able to help people overcome pain and suffering in their own lives. I believed that the best way for me to do this was to become a talk therapist. This led me to obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. I loved the field and was passionate about all that I had been learning, however, upon graduating I was unable to find work in the field....

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Adam C.

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Call center trainer and mgr.
  • do you have kids? *new father* (congrats!!)
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Barton Springs

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? Like I wish it wasn't over

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I have greater awareness of my body and I feel more connected

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Family Massage

I know, I know - you’ve already got so much to take care of. Between work, family duties, and the unexpected things life throws at us, taking action in caring for your own self is easier said than done. But what if, you allowed someone to h elp you take care of you? Making regular visits to your massage therapist is like hiring an assistant to help you maintain your sanity and physical health, so you can keep on killin’ it in the...

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Massage Wellness Programs

Whether you’re in the work force, chasing grand-babies around, dancing at your daughter's wedding, traveling the world or giving care to a loved one, getting a massage not only feels good but is a great staple-component in your wellness care. When we feel good and have less physical and emotional pain, it’s easier to handle day-to-day living. You may deal with a few more aches and pains than before but massage can be your number one pain-management tool. Sure, sometimes surgery or medication may be necessary, but you're no longer only limited to those...

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Massage Therapy Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Project Manager
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? went to Puerto Rico

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? relaxed & revitalized

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care.

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Vita Wellness Massage Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Recruiter
  • do you have kids? No
  • what's the last fun thing you did? networking event

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? either energized or sleepy

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? with Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care

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Austin Massage Client

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age group: 56-65
  • occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • do you have kids? Yes. one adult son & a daughter in law
  • what's the last fun thing you did? played my piano & learned a new song

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? relaxed yet elevated; like the best version of myself

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? with Vita's support, I have greater...

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Masssage Therapy Client Jenni

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Executive Director
  • do you have kids? No
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Lunch with my sister

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? Blissful, zenned out, melted, peaceful

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care

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Massage Studio Client: Heather

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 36-55
  • occupation: Homemaker
  • do you have kids? Yes
  • what's the last fun thing you did? played tag with my kids

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? totally refreshed & peaceful

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence?

With Vita's support, I have greater awareness of my body and I feel more connected; I (now) engage in other activities that keep me...

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Massage Client Linda K.

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 56-65
  • occupation: Massage Therapist
  • do you have kids? Yes- one grown daughter (31) and son (34)
  • what's the last fun thing you did? Heard Warren Hood at ABGB

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? fabulous, re-energized

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I (now) engage in other activities that keep me feeling fit and...

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Massage client Jane

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 56
  • occupation: student
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? just waking up in the morning is fun!

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? LOVE THE PLACE & PEOPLE~!!!

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence?

With Vita's support, I have greater awareness of my body and I feel more connected; I (now) engage in other activities that...

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Massage client Ashley

Share a bit about yourself:

  • age: 34
  • occupation: self-employed
  • do you have kids? no
  • what's the last fun thing you did? traveled to Mexico

Describe how you feel after a Massage at Vita Wellness? like butter :)

How has Vita helped you boost your body confidence? With Vita's support, I am more committed to my self-care.

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Massage Coupon

Get ready, Austin, for EveryBODY Deserves a Massage event July 16th through July 22nd. Every year, massage therapists across the nation lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness and promote the benefits of massage therapy with this annual event. For the fourth consecutive year, Vita Wellness Massage brings the event to Austin and celebrates with pricing promotions, charitable support to the Amala Foundation, and ‘pop­up’ events, raffles & more.

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Massage Therapy Austin

Cupping In a Nutshell:

The hype about Cupping is still relatively new, but the practice is actually quite ancient. A long practiced element of Chinese Medicine, Cupping is most easily described as a version of Deep Tissue Massage, in that the aim is to release tension, increase mobility, and assist in relieving pain and injury. It is opposite to DT Massage, however, in that the process involves creating a suction of the skin and fascial tissue that has become uncomfortably bound in areas of tension. Creating localized suction to these bothersome areas draws blood...

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Jennifer Carr, LMT

Ten years ago I never would have guessed I'd become a Massage Therapist. I was working as a Paralegal and Executive Assistant for a large company in Los Angeles, doing the corporate cubicle thing, getting burned out and bored. Then, a variety of things happened in my life at that time that caused me a great deal of stress. As I began to heal myself and recover from the situation, I realized that I was not alone- a lot of other people in the world were also dealing with a lot of stress. During this time, I discovered that massage therapy was having a tremendously positive impact on me and I...

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Massage Therapist

I started massaging around five years old, seriously; chair massage (rubbing my moms shoulders and back), and ashiatsu (walking on my moms back, arms, hands). She was the first person to tell me I should be a massage therapist. Thirty years later, after hearing that from countless people throughout my life, I found myself in a transitional phase. I quit the bar managing job I'd had for seven years and took a few months off. Within the first few weeks I decided to go to massage school like so many people had encouraged...just to challenge myself. I'd felt stuck for too...

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Kim Love's Food Discovery Process

What Makes This Process Shine?

Kim Love's Food Discovery Process guides you to your own Inner Expertise, to finally discover once and for all, exactly what food is at the root of dis-ease in your life.

Past clients who have personalized their diet using her proven method with coaching, have created elevated energy levels; decreases in bloating and digestive challenges; reduction of chronic pain (yes, so often it's inflammation triggered from a food); and a body that finally releases all it's been holding, via extra weight.

When we...

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Ariana Mahoney, LMT

Practicing and receiving massage encourages me to be aware of my body and the connection my mind plays in its wellness. It has shown me how important it is to feel nurtured, and it has helped me immensely in making room for practicing self-love.

Massage has made me aware of the scope of power my body has, how incredible it can be on its own, how my care for it impacts its abilities, and how my neglecting of it just gets in the way of its grand plan to keep me going through life. I, too, used to not take care of my body-sometimes out of carelessness and sometimes on purpose. My...

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Reiki Massage

Reiki was developed in Japan, in 1922 by a Buddhist monk during his meditation. Reiki is a metaphysical modality which promotes balance and harmony. Reiki is not a religion or a contradiction of other spiritual foundations.

I have been a Reiki practitioner for 10 years now and have been working with a wide range of clients from those struggling to overcome addiction, become pregnant, decrease anxiety, relieve Multiple Sclerosis pains, PTSD, eating disorders, depression or going through cancer treatments to others who feel ‘stuck’ or conflicted, or just want to have general...

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Healthy Living Routines

“Love yourself/body” is totally a buzz-phrase these days. With the explosion of the health & wellness market, it seems as if everyone is talking about how ‘this or that’ will help us gain/attain self-love even easier. On the one hand, it is thrilling that, at least here in Austin, our community as a whole is deeply devoted to healthy living. On the other hand, however, this mainstream messaging often overlooks what I call, The Struggle. That’s right. The Struggle that it takes to explore, learn and discover just how exactly, I can love myself more, better, deeper; The Struggle to...

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Massage Client Spotlight: Natalie

Massage has helped me love my body more by: relaxing me, allowing me to connect in a more positive way with my body and making me feel accepted in my skin, like I'm normal, maybe even beautiful, and there's nothing really wrong with me. I've struggled with that my entire life which is why I try to make massage a regular part of my life, it's an extended mental health practice.

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How Massage Promotes Healthy Living

Body Image: The statistics are alarming. The majority of U.S. women--some estimate more than 80 percent--are unhappy with their appearance. At least 10 million young women, and 1 million young men have an eating disorder. Girls as young as 6 and 7 are expressing disapproval of their looks, and most fourth-grade girls are already diet veterans. Most unsettling is the fact that more women, and girls, fear becoming fat than they do dying.

Combating the Images How do you see yourself? Are you content with the person looking back at you from the mirror...

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Laurel Kinney Personal Stylist

Winter Style Philosophy: Feel that chill in the air? I do, and I have the turtleneck on to prove it! The cool air has finally blown into Texas, and this means it's time to evaluate our wardrobes for real now, as sweater weather is actually becoming a reality. The urge to go out and buy a ton of long sleeves is REAL, but let's hold our horses and consider the brevity of the season before we go crazy, shall we?

Because I field multiple questions about what clothes to buy on a daily basis, I've honed in on a philosophy for winter...

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Top 3 ways to decrease stress through the holidays with PREP Dish

1) Be the person who shows up to the holiday party with a fun AND healthy snack, like these Grapes Rolled in Goat Cheese & Pistachios. Simple can be delicious. With minimal ingredients, Allison of Prep DISH, created this appetizer to pack a punch in flavor and satisfaction. The combination of creamy goat cheese and crunchy pistachios add richness to crisp and juicy grapes. Plus, talk about an easy appetizer to put...

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RedBird Pilates

Happy Holidaze Vita Tribe! Here are a few tips from your gals at RedBird to help you get through this busy and exciting season (and into the new year) as your most vital, healthy self!

  • Stress Management - You know the saying - “You should meditate for 20 minutes a day - unless you are too busy - then you should meditate for an hour.” Well, in my experience that holds true. The more hectic life is, the more important it is to carve out time to be still and practice self-care. There are lots of great apps that can help you get started...

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Community Connections: Tribe Pilot Studio

What Makes 'Em Shine: Tribe's mission is to empower families by creating a community rooted in health, wellness, and self-care for mom.

Built on the belief that family wellness starts with mom, Tribe offers services and classes designed for mom to practice whole and healthy living: exercise, healthy food, personal time, community, connection, continual learning, and inspiration.

Tribe aims to make life a little easier for moms by providing a baby-friendly class studio as well as a Childcare Studio. Classes include Barre, Pilates Mat, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Strength...

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Finding Your Austin Massage Therapist

Receiving bodywork is so important, and that goes for us therapists too! I've recently had the pleasure of receiving from nearly all of the therapists in our tribe, and each session blew me away. As I floated up from the table, each time with blissfully blurry vision and a slur of "that was ahhhh­mazing", I realized that not even half of the massage I've received in the past left me feeling such a way. Massage is great, but a great massage will change your life! All of us at Vita love what we do and we want you to love the work you receive.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of throwing...

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Noah's Cold Press Juice

What Makes 'Em Shine:"Drink NOAH'S, Fall In Love" Good Health and Happiness starts with good nutrition, this is why fruits and vegetables squeezed together are the most fun to experience a vibrant Life.

Only 100% Organic Produce is used in Noah's fresh juice blends. This is the only way to bring you the most honest nutrition that your body will love you for. My commitment to Austin is to enhance and introduce the benefits of juicing with the most delicious Juice blends in Town. And as I like to see it: “SMILE – LOVE – JUICE – REPEAT” and it will make a difference in your...

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Miki Lynn, LMT

I'm one of those rare born and raised Austinites. I love this town and is eclectic inhabitants!

I graduated from Lauterstein Conway massage school in February 2016. Massage was not my first calling in life but I soon found out that it's my true calling. Before massage I spent 5 years trying to figure out how to be a working artist then fifteen years in bookkeeping, real estate, and business management. I also spent 9 years skating and working for the txrd Lonestar rollergirls roller derby League. After 20 years of working I still hadn't found my calling.

I finally decided to...

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Epsom Salt Bath

When you think of self-care what comes to mind? Perhaps it is sleep, eating well, or even exercise. If these are some of the things you thought of, you’re not wrong, but there are many other self-care methods out there that you may not have considered.

Think about it; you’re a teacher, waiter, guitarist or administrations assistant. All day long you’re using your hands or standing on your feet; by the end of the day they are either swollen or sore. Massage therapists often suffer from the same issues considering some of us massage for up to 8 hours a day.

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Make ATX

What Makes 'Em Shine: MakeATX is a member-based workshop with a variety of fabrication tools–tools for making things! The workshop currently has a powerful, versatile and user-friendly laser cutter capable of cutting, etching, and engraving a wide variety of materials up to 36″ x 24″, brand new computers with the latest design software, and workspace along with classes designed to help Austinites realize those creative school, work or do-it-yourself projects they’ve been kicking around. We make our own products (under the name Bright Beam Goods) and also help others with...

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Sarah - Austin Massage Therapist

I can’t say that massage therapy was something that called to me early in life. As a child I wanted to be everything from a vet, ballerina, soccer player, computer engineer...the list goes on. What eventually came to fruition was Communications, Human Resources and Public Relations - obviously not on the list, but interesting and challenging nonetheless. After a five year career in Corpus Christi I realized that although I had grown a lot professionally and felt comfortable financially, there was something missing from my life; was this going to be my story for the next 40 years?...

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Dealing With Emotional Stress - Massage Therapist

When we fall down or bump into something, we know why our arm hurts the next day; we see the physical action cause a physical reaction, maybe it even leaves a bruise or a scratch. A decade ago car accident or sport injury, could have left us with residual pain as an adult too. However, the more years pass from being a massage therapist, the more I am convinced that our emotional wear and tear, causes physical reaction as well. Already in existence, are diagrams that show where the patterns of emotions are stored, and part of acupuncture, is addressing this as well; so in some cultures,...

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Vita Wellness Massage Austin Community Involvement

What Makes 'Em Shine: Lunar Nourishment is a platform for self-care through ritual, community, and living authentically. Through offerings of healing energy sessions (Reiki, breath work, & meditation) and the power of ritual, Lydia and Marlena Jarjoura help women and men connect to the deepest parts of themselves. Through online courses, live workshops and private mentorship, Lunar Nourishment has guided hundreds of women towards balancing their hormones and lives.

About the Owner: Lydia Jarjoura is the creator behind Lunar Nourishment: a...

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Benefits of Massage

Austin, Texas – Get ready, Austin, for EveryBODY Deserves a Massage event July 10 through July, 23rd. Every year since 1995, massage therapists across the nation lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness and promote the benefits of massage therapy with this annual event. For the third consecutive year, Vita Wellness Massage brings the event to Austin and celebrates with pricing promotions, charitable support to the Amala Foundation, and ‘pop­up’ events dotted across Austin at Pure BARRE, Juiceland, Sanctuary Yoga & more.

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Lisa - Austin Massage Therapist

When I started my journey with massage it was really about self-care and self-discovery. I had been working as a hair colorist with my own salon for over 20 years and it was a wonderful career. I was able to connect with all kinds of interesting people, be creative, and make people feel great! But after those 20 years, I was feeling stagnant in my career. My son was growing up and I was about to have an empty nest. My parents were aging and having health problems. I was also having all the changes happening in my own body as I was nearing 40. I needed something to engage my brain and my...

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Balanced Foodies - Community Connection

What Makes 'Em Shine: Misti Buie is a holistic nutritionist and owner of Balanced Foodies, a service-oriented nutrition consulting business. She revitalizes health and wellness by reshaping eating habits, and educates clients about the benefits of incorporating nutrient-dense, whole foods into their lives. Misti provides individually tailored meal plans, grocery shopping lists, and recipes to accommodate clients’ needs, goals, and specific diets. In addition, she is available for refrigerator and pantry makeovers, as well as assisting with preparing, cooking and storing...

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Ariana - Austin Massage Therapist

At the age of four, I told my Grandmother I wanted to be a massage therapist and my fate was sealed. It was like I made the biggest pinky-promise to myself and as I grew up I was always dreaming of the day I'd be able to pursue my passion.

As a kid, I'd squeeze myself behind family members to push on their shoulders while they sat on the couch. I could always tell when they were feeling tense and I wanted to help. I occasionally received massage as a teen, trying to manage my own stress and 'reset' my body. My first attempt to study massage therapy happened just before turning 18- I...

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Massage Client Spotlight: Marvin V.

Name & profession: Marvin V. and I am retired.

Please select your age bracket: 66+

Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences or less.

Came to graduate school at UT in 1968 and have lived in Austin ever since. Battled Ankylosing Spondylitis since I was in my teens. Enjoy outdoor activities, sports, music, and people(most).

Why were you initially interested in receiving massage?

Fusion in neck and spine made it impossible to stretch and exercise some muscles.

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Kanti Goods - VIta Wellness Massage Community Involvement

What Makes 'Em Shine: Kanti Goods is a social enterprise that sells socially and environmentally responsible handmade jewelry, handbags, scarves, plush animals, and accessories from around the world. Kanti Goods work with a global network of artists who are doing their part to improve the social fabric of their communities and encourages the use of local materials and fair production methods. Our goal at Kanti is to support women and small-scale artists around the world by providing them with jobs so that their families and communities can thrive. Kanti means ‘beautiful’...

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Mind Massage Benefit

I used to sit at the edge of the ocean to find my rhythm. When planning my annual vacations, it was the water that called me--not so much to be in it, but to be by it. Maternal and soothing, the comings and goings of the tide was my "reset" button--you know, the one that allows you to deal calmly again with the world. Along came twins, and my exotic vacations were replaced with ventures closer to home. Being in a land-locked state, sitting by the ocean was no longer an option. How was I going to hit my reset button now? The answer was right in front of me--massage.

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Reiki Treatment

I first got into Reiki after having experienced it myself in 2007. It was very different than anything I had experienced and, frankly, I wasn’t at a point in my life where abstract ideas like, ‘Chakra’s’ or ‘Universal Energy,’ was something I even used in my vocabulary. However, the session I had was incredibly relaxing, uplifting and enlightening; it turns out that I too would be become a practitioner. A Reiki practitioner is best explained as a conduit for positive, healing energy, or chi/prana; we help people feel energetically aligned. Reiki encourages self-healing and most people say...

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Massage Client Heather

Name & profession:

Heather, Homeschool Mom :-)

Please select your age bracket: 31-45

Tell us about yourself in 3 sentences or less.

I'm a mom of three children, I homeschool, love being outside to explore nature with the kids, have an amazing, supportive husband, and enjoy sketching, hiking, yoga, reading, journaling, and quality time with my friends.

Why were you initially interested in receiving massage?

I had pretty severe back pain after I gave birth to my first...

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Massage Client Spotlight

Name & profession:

Jennifer V., Assistant Clinical Director @ SIMS Foundation

Age Bracket: 31-45

Why were you initially interested in receiving massage?

stress reduction and dedicated self-care

By the time you found Vita Wellness, you had received- I was a massage junkie

Why did you choose Vita Wellness for massage services?

I was going through some personal loss and needed to physically move it out of my body. I knew it was going to be emotional and I needed...

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Cranio Sacral Therapy

CST helped me the most during my second pregnancy. I had the stamina to be on my feet for long periods of time, slept well and only had minor discomforts. . Having been certified since 2009, I used CST as a pregnancy treatment and produced similar results for others. Other dedicated clients also used CST to help reduce/resolve: Vertigo, Migraines, Ear pain, TMJD and Headaches.

This gentle technique was first developed by Osteopaths in a medical setting. After years of practicing within the medical community, it has been taught to others in the heath field. The specific protocol for...

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Vita Community Connection - Two Hives Honey

What Makes 'Em Shine: Two Hives Honey began with a gal who wanted to embark on a beekeeping adventure, but didn’t have the backyard space to house her hive. A good friend and neighbor recognized the benefits the honey bees would bring to his backyard garden and offered a bit of space for a few hives. That chance discovery of a beloved hobby projected Tara Chapman off on the adventure of a lifetime, and what started as a plan for a small hyper-local honey company has turned into a socially conscious business that focuses on education and helping introduce our community to...

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Benefits of Stretching

Just follow these tips to do it safely and effectively. Stretching may take a back seat to your exercise routine. You may think that stretching your hamstrings and calves is just something to be done if you have a few extra minutes before or after pounding out some miles on the treadmill. The main concern is exercising, not stretching, right?

Not so fast. Although studies about the benefits of stretching are mixed, stretching may help you improve your joint range of motion, which in turn may help improve your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. Understand why...

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Feel Better With Massage Therapy

For many people, massage and bodywork are a critical part of their health and wellness strategy--an idea medical professionals are increasingly embracing. In a recent online survey, massage devotees talked about their commitment to regular massage therapy. These folks find a way to afford it, regardless of other demands on their resources.

Best Life: "Getting massage has been part of my life since I was in my 20s--I'm now in my 50s," says Los Angeles chef Gisele Perez. Once a modern dancer and now proprietor of a boutique catering company, she considers massage...

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austin massage therapists

When we experience something good, it's natural to want to tell everyone about it. Massage is no exception. Here are some ways to share your enthusiasm for massage therapy.

Gifting Massage Gift certificates are a great way to share massages with the people in your life. Looking for the perfect birthday present? Purchase an hour gift certificate for them with your favorite massage therapist. Thanking someone for pet sitting? Reward them with a half-hour reflexology treatment. If it's your spouse or...

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Laura Jack - Vita Wellness Community Connection

What Makes Laura Jack shine: Laura Jack is a trainer for the Grief Recovery Institute® and Mastery Level Transformational Life Coach. Using practices of self-care and self-love she helps people rediscover their light after loss. Laura’s mission is to cultivate a culture of compassion, starting with self, and to create a better understanding about loss and its accompanying grief.

She loves connecting deeply with people who have experienced loss and who want to thrive again. Laura loves writing and connecting with people who are looking for help.

Losing her mom in 2008 led her...

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Autumn austin massage boutique

People ask me how I got into massage and I tell them (at the risk of sounding corny), 'I was called'. See, I don't really remember the 'how' I got there. I just remember that once I got there, I knew I needed to stay. Of course, in hindsight, massage school was really all about my own personal growth. Sure, I had vision, and I was inspired to, one day, have my own private practice. But my biggest lesson from school was not how to build a business but rather, how disconnected I was from my body and frankly, my entire life! I was checked out on...

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Leslie Austin Massage Therapist

I didn't set out to be a massage therapist; I was a year into my masters to become a teacher. My dad was in a terrible accident and we took care of him full time for about 6-8 months. Soon after, I was pregnant with my first son and I changed my mind about being an elementary school teacher. Deciding to go to massage school came after I questioned the universe of what I should do. It was a calling that seemed almost natural; my parents always had me rubbing their neck, shoulders, temples. A surprising realization during massage school was discovering how much I loved learning about the...

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Vita Massage Preferred Partner

What Makes Bona Dea shine: Bona Dea makes allergen-free products for everyone to enjoy, whether you have food allergies or are looking to diversify the grains you eat. With each mix starting out with a full serving of whole grains as the first ingredient, you can enjoy delightful baked goods while doing something good for yourself. How’s that for satisfying? And we don’t stop there. You’re getting the highest quality of sustainably grown and eco-certified ingredients. Partnering with people who care, we select clean ingredients grown in harmony with the earth that...

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Massage Therapist - how to breathe

Allow me to make a big deal about this! Numerous neck and shoulder tensions can be lessoned from simply using our breath in the correct manner. If you are frequent to head aches, neck stiffness, jaw tightness, sore shoulders, or if you catch yourself ‘sighing’ throughout the day, chances are, you might need to focus on breathing deeper. If you ever feel caught-up in situations that have you flustered or if you feel like other people are often ruining your day, be it random strangers, other drivers on the road or office workers, breathing in the correct manner can make a positive impact in...

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What Makes Lauren shine: Lauren Hubele is an Austin based practitioner pioneering a unique method of healing in the United States that integrates Gemmotherapy Extracts, Homeopathy, and a Plant Based Diet. Her method was developed over years of study and collaboration with European physicians and researchers who specialize in the use of these therapies.

Lauren teaches the four stages of healing, The Hubele Method to practitioners of all modalities in the U.S and Europe. Her approach offers practitioners a clear and linear path to follow giving them tools to break thru cases that have...

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Vita Massage Blog

Many people suffer from some form of seasonal depression. Those with severe cases are diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but innumerable others with mild to moderate symptoms go without formal treatment. We may spend days or weeks at a time feeling unmotivated, exhausted, apathetic or just inexplicably “blah.” We call it “cabin fever” or the “winter blues” but we don’t talk about it much beyond that. I had my first encounter with seasonal depression a few years ago, and I’ve since armed myself with a handful of coping tools so that when the days start getting shorter and...

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Vita Austin Massage

Man {or woman}! I love me some massage! and I absolutely LOVE being in my body today~feeling all the many feels of emotions and physical responses/reactions that result from living in this world. I'm not saying this is an easy 'job' but, I gotta tell ya, it's worth it and really, I owe this way of being to massage. Bodywork has 'made me this way' ~ Massage is totally my thing. As I'm sure you're well aware, dear reader, there are a ton of incredible modalities and health & wellness tips and tricks out there, all promising to change the way you feel...and fast. I've tried a...

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austin massage therapists

We've all heard the statement, "you'll see greater benefits with 'regular massage'" but what does that really mean? Some therapists will tell you to come back weekly, others say bi-weekly, once a month, so what gives? How can you decided what's best for you? The short and simple: Listen to your body. Each of us has our own rhythms so there's no one-way that fits all. If you're very active and/or live a high-paced life, getting a massage monthly can really help keep your stress-levels in check and your body "tuned-up"; if you're an athlete, in any way shape or form, weekly or bi-weekly...

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