Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and one of the reasons for that is Fall Spa Week! From October 15-21, you can enjoy luxurious, high end, full-length signature treatments and services from more than 1000 top salons, spas, and wellness centers across the US for only $50. Booking is going on RIGHT NOW! Visit Spa Week today to find a participating spa near you and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to get some extra self care for a great price.
Yesterday, I was invited by Spa Week and The Family Wellness Center at Briarsdale in Harrisburg, PA to experience their 75 minute Pumpkin Spice Massage. They didn’t have to twist my arm, of course. I had just returned from a jam-packed, very exciting weekend at the IIN Live Fall Conference in New York City, and my mind and body were tired and a little wound-up. I knew this would be perfect timing to help me settle down and relax. Plus, my back was a little stiff from all the travel, and I was really to not have to wait until my next scheduled massage with my own therapist.
About the massage therapist
My massage was performed by Tiffany Weese, who has been practicing as a licensed massage therapist for 5 years. She is fairly new to The Family Wellness Center, and previously worked in the spa setting. Tiffany really enjoys working at the wellness center, because she feels she has the opportunity to help a larger number of people achieve their goals in healing and overall wellness. She works closely with the providers of the different modalities at the Center to give their patients/clients extended holistic care.
Tiffany enjoys all aspects of massage therapy, but currently specializes in bamboo and deep tissue massage, as well as energy work. I asked her how she views massage in terms of healing, and she quickly responded that one cannot properly heal from injury or trauma, or properly manage stress without massage. Stress and trauma negatively affect the body’s ability to function properly and heal on its own, and massage works very well to restore balance, reduce pain, and reduce physical and mental/emotional stress. Tiffany believes strongly in the value of continuing education, and looks forward to furthering her knowledge of Reiki, shiatsu, myofascial, Ayurvedic, and craniosacral massage therapies.
Tiffany was very professional, and conducted a detailed consultation and health/wellness history in the privacy of the treatment room prior to the massage. She let me know everything that was going to happen, checked with me periodically to make sure I was comfortable and was enjoying the service, and encouraged me to communicate with her regarding the intensity of pressure. This is very important during massage, because people have different levels of sensitivity and also have different preferences for pressure. Some massages are meant to be for relaxation only, others are meant to release pinched nerves and loosen up tight muscles and tendons—these may require more probing and more pressure. It’s important to let your therapist know if anything does not feel good. Some discomfort is normal during a more therapeutic massage, but it should never make you wince or become unbearable. The therapist does not know how you are feeling during the massage unless you tell him or her.
The Pumpkin Spice Massage
I have to admit that I was both intrigued and a little nervous about the idea of a pumpkin spice massage. Intrigued, because I love the sweet and earthy aromas of Fall—pumpkin and cinnamon are wonderful. However, these fragrances in products are often artificial which is what made me nervous. I was careful to let Tiffany know that I did not want any products with harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances and she assured me that they only use products made with natural ingredients, oils, and extracts. All products comply with the parameters set by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which I always appreciate. Once I had that knowledge, I relaxed and enjoyed the wonderful scent of the creams and heat packs.
I started on my back, and enjoyed a great scalp, shoulder, arm and leg massage with a cinnamon-infused heated neck roll under my neck. Then I flipped over, and had cinnamon-infused heating pads on my back as I enjoyed a foot and leg massage. Tiffany noticed that my upper back and shoulders were very tight and stiff (I tend to hold my stress in my shoulders), and really spent a lot of time working the muscles, nerves, and tissues to loosen me up. This was definitely more intense than the rest of the treatment, but it was done skillfully and never crossed from “good pain” to “bad pain”—and if it had, I would have told her.
After the massage I was told to relax a bit more and be careful getting up and getting dressed, and I was given a warm cloth to wipe off any excess massage cream. Once I was done, I met Tiffany in the lobby where she had prepared a visual diagram of where she noticed I had tightness, and made some recommendations (one of which was for more massage, which I certainly wasn’t going to argue!).
About The Family Wellness Center at Briarsdale
The Family Wellness Center is a wonderful facility that offers integrative healthcare, chiropractic, counseling, massage/bodywork, holistic nutrition, and yoga all under one roof. How cool is that? It’s a one stop shop. I’d like to see many more of practices like these in all areas.
The ambiance and staff are warm, welcoming, and friendly, and the massage therapy room was spacious, comfortable, and attractive without being overly fussy. I think it would appeal to all clients, male and female, of all ages.
If you are in the Harrisburg area, or would like to give a gift to someone who is, I highly recommend the 75-minute Pumpkin Spice Massage at The Family Wellness Center at Briarsdale, which is only $50 for Spa Week. Visit their website for more information on their services, providers, and events.
Click HERE to book your Spa Week appointments at this, or any other participating Spa Week spa.
Thanks to Tiffany Weese for your healing hands, and thanks to The Family Wellness Center at Briarsdale and of course to Spa Week for the wonderful service.