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Spring into Wellness: Hot Stone Massage and Citrus Body Scrub

At CNY Healing Arts Wellness Center & Spa we have just what you need to begin this new Spring season: A Citrus Body Scrub or Hot Stone Massage!! Call us today and book an appointment. You’ll feel fresh, new, and ready for Spring!

Our Signature Citrus Body Scrub:  Enhance your natural radiance! Our Body scrub is a wonderful way of cleaning, softening and moisturizing your skin while allowing more well being and peace into your life. This treatment includes an invigorating application of your choice of Organic Sugar or Dead Sea Salt infused with citrus oils to promote clarity of thought, and total refreshment for the body and mind.  A customized hydrating massage with our Citrus Cream follows your scrub application. A special treatment that will leave you feeling balanced & refreshed with a natural healthy glow!

Hot Stone Massage:  Indulge in this deeply relaxing and grounding spa experience. Heated basalt lava stones are massaged into the muscles, warming the tissue while melting tension away. Our oil is applied with long flowing strokes throughout the body incorporating the warmed stones for deep ease and warmth.  Emerge feeling renewed, relaxed and rejuvenated.

Syracuse location, call 315-671-5755.
Rochester location, call 585.244.1280 ext. 2.

Please note that not all services are available at all locations. Visit our rates page to view services offered per location.

Enjoy a Body Scrub: Exfoliation for Healthy Skin

Citrus Body Scrub - Syracuse CNY Healing ArtsDuring the winter months, your skin can become dry and itchy. With the heaters running all the time in our homes and vehicles, the moisture in the air gets removed – and tends to zap the moisture in our skin as well!

A little extra TLC can go a long way in taking good care of your skin.  Make sure that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water; and try to take warm (not hot), short showers, and keep up with exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.

Our skin cells are constantly renewing themselves, but sometimes the old skin cells stay on the top of the skin making it appear dry and flaky.  When adding moisturizer on top of this skin, it just sits there and does not ‘sink’ into the skin. This is why exfoliation is so important.

A Body Scrub from CNY Healing Arts is the perfect remedy, and the best way to renew that smooth and glowing skin of yours.  When moisturizer is applied to your freshly exfoliated skin, it can work its way into the pores to allow it to soften and retain moisture.  This moisture that is then in the skin also helps to build a barrier to external elements.

Whether you just want to get your skin in top shape or you have a special occasion coming up, give us a call at CNY Healing Arts Center and let us help customize a body treatment that’s right for you!

All services are not offered at all locations, Body Scrubs only offered at our Syracuse Location

Please call the location nearest to you to inquire about any service you’re interested in booking:

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Couples Massage: Restore Romance

couples massage at CNY Healing Arts - Latham, Syracuse & RochesterHas the harsh winter weather taken a toll on your relationship? With so much incessant snow, it is easy to forgo the activities you typically enjoy with your special someone. When was the last time you enjoyed time out with your loved one that did not involve piling on layers, struggling to find a parking space, and braving the squalls and falls of the latest snowstorm?

If you would rather take full pleasure in precious time spent with your significant other, we at CNY Healing Arts recommend a relaxing couples massage at our Wellness Center and Spa.

Don’t wait around for the snow to melt to rekindle your flame. Join us at the Center to benefit from all that we have to offer you. With the purchase of a Couples Massage, you and your special somebody can come early for or stay late after your appointment and benefit from free spa amenities. Offerings vary by location and may or may not include the lavish aquaterrace, sauna, and hot steam showers.

happy couple warming up in sauna after spa treatment at CNY Healing Arts CenterBook your next romantic rendezvous today! After a long, arduous winter, relishing together in Hot Stone Massages may be precisely what you need to reawaken that dormant drive for one another – fostering the desire for a fresh spring excursion. Couples can also enjoy Customized Massages, Hot Poultice Massages, and more! Click here for more details on our massage services.

NOTE: All services are not available at all locations. Check with your local CNY Healing Arts Center ahead of time so we can accommodate you!

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

Experience Hot Stone Massage at CNY Healing Arts Centers

If you have ever sat by the water’s edge and heard the waves gently crashing over the rocks, saw a stone sparkling on the bottom of a creek, or have ever held a smooth stone in your hand, you have experienced the energy of those stones.  A massage using hot stones brings that same energy and healing powers to your body and mind.

Basalt rocks are used most often for these massages due to their smooth surface, and because they are non-porous and retain heat well.   After the stones are heated, the massage therapist places the smooth, warm stones along the spine which relax the muscles.  Sometimes oils are used to help the stones slide across the skin surface so that the therapist can apply pressure to the stones as needed.

The therapist will always make sure that the rocks are at a temperature that is comfortable for you before beginning the massage.  The stones allow for greater intensity during the massage, which lends to a deeper, kneading feeling.

Some of the benefits of hot stone massage:

  • Expand blood vessels which improves circulation of the  blood
  • Helps to aid in releasing of toxins with the application of heat
  • Relaxes muscles and decreases muscle spasms, and soothes aches (especially good for backaches)
  • Increases joint movement and helps with pain associated with arthritis
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, depression
  • Helps with sleep problems and recommended for people with insomnia
  • Lymphatic drainage and cleansing
  • Decongestion of the liver
  • Chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia
  • Relaxes colon for better elimination

The powerful, healing action of hot stone massage can be a source of huge relief for people suffering congestion either due to allergies, colds, or sinus problems.  The stones can be used on the forehead, cheeks, eyelids, chin to help relieve any sort of facial pain as well.

For more information on hot stone massage, call the CNY Healing Arts Center nearest you today! Please be aware that not all services are available at all locations.

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

 

Massage for Summer Allergies

More than 2/3 of people suffer from year-round allergies.  Summer is here and we’re picnicking in the grass, the beautiful flowers are blooming around us, and we’re spending more time outdoors—it’s all part of fabulous summer!  For those who have allergies, though, it can become a challenge.   

As the summer months progress, ragweed or hay fever allergies tend to rise.  The body’s natural defense is to produce excess mucous which often creates nasal congestion and red, itchy eyes which can all lead to fatigue (and frustration)!  Working outdoors with plants and in gardens can expose people to mold spores that are contained on the plants themselves and in the soil.  Mold spores can also increase indoors during the hot, humid months of summer in basements, and on floors and walls in bathroom and kitchen areas.  Even cats and dogs, our ‘fur friends’, are shedding their coats this time of year which can aggravate those with pet dander allergies as well. 

Stress and allergies sometimes go hand in hand.  When the body is under stress, it reacts in an exaggerated response to allergens.  The body fights the allergens with coughing, sneezing, wheezing which can put greater stress on the body creating a vicious cycle!  This is because stress increases the adrenal gland’s production of cortisol triggers the sympathetic nervous system to create extra epinephrine and norepinephrine, decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system. 

Massage for allergies is a great way to get soothing relief.  Massage can help the body’s reaction to the allergens.  Many of the trigger points for the sinuses are located in the upper back and shoulder which are massaged for relief.  Headaches and congestion can also be relived through this procedure. 

CNY Healing Arts Centers provide relaxing massages that can help alleviate your allergy symptoms, as well as to reduce stress and increase your body’s immune system.  For more information, please contact one of our centers nearest you: 

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755 

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2 

 

 

Massage: The Perfect Remedy

Massage Therapy at CNY Healing Arts Wellness CenterMassage is a touch therapy that is not only a wonderfully pleasurable and relaxing experience, but also brings with it countless health benefits. A massage session can relieve tension in the body, calm the mind, and nourish the soul, bringing healing on a number of levels simultaneously. An extensive body of research supports the therapeutic claims of massage, with growing evidence that it can contribute to the relief of conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also assist with self esteem, release emotional blocks, increase mental clarity, and help you connect to your “inner light”. Having a massage can be relaxing and refreshing leaving you feeling connected and balanced. It is about taking time out to restore harmony and well-being so that you feel ready to take on the world again.

On a physiological level, massage affects all the body systems, resulting in improved general functioning, as well as relieving specific conditions throughout the body. Massage causes breathing to deepen and the blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, which boosts circulation and helps oxygenate the blood. Improved circulation also means that vital nutrients are carried around the body more effectively, while temporarily reducing blood pressure and pulse rate.

The massage therapista at CNY Healing Arts are highly trained and experienced in massage therapy. We customize your session for you. Whether you are looking for a Deep Tissue Massage for relieving chronic areas of muscle tension and stress, or a Relaxation Massage to gently unwind and rejuvenate your mind and body, we have just what you need. We also feature our Signature Citrus Body Scrub and our soothing Hot Stone Massage to take your relaxation to the next level. Come early or stay after your session to enjoy our state of the art spa facility, with saunas, steam showers, and our Aqua Terrace. Yoga classes run daily for your enjoyment as well.

Written by Angela Wart, LMT  
Syracuse CNY Healing Arts Center

NOTE: Not all services/amenities mentioned in the above article are available at all locations.

Massage for Muscle Recovery

Massage Therapy at CNY Healing Arts Wellness CenterSummer is the time of year when many of us spend a great deal of our time outdoors enjoying our favorite activities.  Gardening, kayaking, biking, running, walking, swimming – they all are fun ways to get outdoors and enjoy the lovely weather, and they are good for us!  However, sometimes enjoying them can be a pain—a pain in the neck, shoulders, legs, etc.!

A massage is a terrific way to work through muscle tension that we may encounter after strenuous exercise and work.  Massage relaxes the body, feels terrific, helps with inflammation, improves blood flow, reduces muscle tightness, and enhances muscle performance.

Many people take medication to ease soreness and eliminate swelling for aching muscles.  The inflammation (an immune reaction) is actually the body’s way of repairing injured cells due to tiny tears in muscle fibers caused during strenuous exercise; therefore, medication can inhibit recovery.  Recent research (published in the 2/1/2012 issue of Science Translational Medicine) shows that massage can aid in reducing inflammation and enhance cell function to actually repair cells unlike medication.

There are many different types of massage techniques, and our massage therapists work with you to meet your needs.  A deep tissue massage focuses on the area in which you are experiencing pain to give you maximum relief.  Adhesions (or bands of sore tissue) are massaged to reduce inflammation, restore proper blood circulation, and create better movement.  Massage also acts as a preventative to enhance your physical activities because it targets those muscles which you use frequently!

In addition to these physical benefits, massage therapy stimulates the nervous system that release endorphins and assist in pain relief.  Massage allows relaxation of mind and tensed-up muscles which provides relief, and can speed up recovery time – allowing you to get back to the activities that you enjoy!

Give CNY Healing Arts Centers a call and let our massage therapists give you the relief you need!

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

May is National Allergy Month: Try Acupuncture or Massage for Relief!

Allergy Relief with Acupuncture and Massage - CNY Healing ArtsSpring is here and summer is just around the corner, which means, grass, tree and other pollen are already in the air. As beautiful as this time of year is, for many with allergies it can be a real challenge. The body’s natural defense is to produce excess mucous, which often creates nasal congestion, and red, itchy eyes; these can all lead to fatigue (and frustration).

According to a February 2013 report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, about 20 percent of the population suffers from allergic rhinitis (stuffy or runny nose caused by allergies) and patients that receive acupuncture treatments reported significant improvements in symptoms as well as a decreased need for any allergy medication.

Massage for allergies is also a great way to get soothing relief.  Massage can help the body’s reaction to the allergens by reducing stress and boosting your immune system, among other things.  Facial massage is great for inducing sinus drainage and relieving pressure. Headaches and congestion can also disappear, or lessen in severity, after a massage session.

If you’re looking for some relief this allergy season and would like to try acupuncture or massage (or both), give our CNY Healing Arts practitioners the opportunity to help you. Below is a list or practitioners at each of our locations that would be happy to assist you with relief from your allergy symptoms.

SYRACUSE – Call 315.671.5755 to book a session.

ALBANY – Call 518.724.5750 to book a session. 

ROCHESTER – Call 585.244.1280 to book a session. 

The Healing Art of Reiki

Reiki - CNY Healing Arts CenterReiki is a form of therapy which originated in Japan for the purpose of stress reduction and relaxation.  Reiki is comprised of two words: “Rei” meaning higher power or universal and “Ki” which means life force energy.  This Eastern art relies on hand placement along different areas of the body which help spiritually guide one’s life force as a form of healing.

Reiki is an excellent therapy to use when you’re dealing with life’s challenges or undergoing a difficult time in your life such as infertility, an illness, difficulty with a relationship, or just struggling with emotions.  This radiant healing can bring about peace, harmony and a sense of balance from within.

Health Benefits of Reiki Therapy:

  • Aids the body to release stress and tension
  • Helps the body to heal
  • Reduces insomnia and helps improve sleep patterns
  • Removes toxins
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Relives pain associated with injuries and chronic issues
  • Helps with energy flow of the endocrine system
  • Boosts immune system
  • Gets you tune into your spirituality
  • Helps you to feel inner tranquility

Reiki differs from massage in that the therapists hands aren’t necessarily on the skin, they can be just slightly above it.

Reiki can help to give you a better outlook on life by diminishing negativity and improving your ability to see positive insights in situations.  It has a positive effect on the chemicals within the brain, and helps to promote healing throughout the entire body.  Each area of the body has its own energy and can become blocked due to emotions and thoughts, Reiki therapy helps to free these blocked areas.

This form of healing can be combined with other modalities such as yoga, meditation, massage, or acupuncture to further heal the body and the mind.  For more information or to schedule a Reiki session, contact the CNY Healing Arts location nearest you:

Syracuse:

195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Rochester:

2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2

 

Massage: An Intuitive, Ancient Response

In our western culture we have adopted many eastern therapies into our integrative health care approach. Massage is a just one of those therapies that is used to help with healing, soothing, and providing total relaxation and stress relief.

It is natural for us to use the art of massage even on our own bodies when we are in pain; it is an innate reflex. For example, when we have a headache, we rub our temples to bring relief. When our shoulder or neck hurts, we squeeze and massage the area to lessen the pain and help stimulate blood flow to the area. Think back to when you were a child and took a tumble or a fall—more often than not the reaction would have been to place your hand on the painful affected area (such as your knee or elbow) and apply pressure in a circular or back and forth motion (most likely while saying “Ouch!” and crying).

This intuitive reflex of massaging painful muscles was first recorded in China. Tu Nai, one early form of massage which actually translates to “push and grasp”, dates back 4,700 years! Tu Nai is bodywork performed to stimulate the flow of blood and energy for healing purposes by focusing on joints and muscles at acupuncture points (acupressure).

Japanese Shiatsu works on a similar theory that there are energy channels throughout the body which can develop disturbances that are relieved through applying pressure.

Massage can help the adhesions that are blocking circulation which causes pain and works to restore movement, and reduces inflammation. This makes it an excellent choice for those with repetitive strain injuries.

At CNY Healing Arts Centers, we invite you to experience your own customized massage. Give us a call today and let us bring you the relief that you so deserve!

Syracuse:
195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY 13205
315.671.5755

Albany:
38A Old Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110
518.724.5750

Rochester:
2244 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610
585.244.1280 ext. 2