Re­duce stress and enjoy life to the full

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

As the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches we of­ten find our­selves get­ting a lit­tle stressed.

Whether we are work­ing harder to get those jobs out of the way be­fore the end of the year or whether we are preparing for fam­ily hol­i­days or guests com­ing to stay, many of us can end up with stress re­lated aches and pains, lead­ing to headaches and even mi­graines.

Be­ing able to re­lax is one way to re­duce stress and is an im­por­tant fac­tor in main­tain­ing a healthy life­style.

Mas­sage is an ex­cel­lent way to re­duce stress and anx­i­ety.

Pam­per Me Mas­sage and Beauty owner Maam Col­lis says mas­sage pro­vides not only re­lax­ation for the body but also for the mind and spirit.

‘‘A re­lax­ation mas­sage makes you feel re­freshed be­cause not only does it relieve mus­cle tension, it will also help clear your mind, and af­ter­wards you just feel so much more re­laxed and re­vi­tal­ized, which makes life in gen­eral feel bet­ter.’’

Maam has been practising mas­sage for just over a year and she uses a com­bi­na­tion of Thai and Euro­pean mas­sage tech­niques to pro­vide both re­lax­ation and deep tis­sue mas­sage for her clients.

‘‘I es­tab­lished Pam­per Me just last month as it is so much more re­lax­ing for both the client and me to be work­ing from my home. I love be­ing able to mas­sage clients in a peace­ful and friendly at­mos­phere,’’ says Maam.

Be­fore your mas­sage, Maam will ask where you feel the most tension, whether it’s cen­tred on the lower back, neck, shoul­ders or even legs.

Maam will then cus­tomise her mas­sage tech­nique to give the most ben­e­fit to that par­tic­u­lar area of your body.

Maam rec­om­mends an hour min­i­mum for a reg­u­lar mas­sage un­til the pain is re­duced and she adds that a longer book­ing can be made to help give full re­lief to a client’s aches and pains.

For a re­lax­ation mas­sage, Pam­per Me Mas­sage and Beauty charges be­tween $49 and $59 per hour, de­pend­ing on the time of your book­ing, and for a deep tis­sue mas­sage the cost is $89 per hour.

Maam also of­fers a full make up ser­vice at vari­able prices, as well as make up lessons at $20 per hour for both be­gin­ners and more ma­ture women.

Pam­per Me also has vouch­ers avail­able which would make a great gift idea for this time of the year.

Maam has a good mix of both male and fe­male clients and she says some clients like to talk so they have a good

Not only does it relieve mus­cle tension, it will also help clear your mind, and af­ter­wards you just feel so much more re­laxed and re­vi­tal­ized, which makes life in gen­eral feel bet­ter.

friendly chat about what’s go­ing on in their lives.

‘‘Oth­ers like to drift off into their own space and you can really feel how re­laxed the mas­sage is making them feel.

‘‘Af­ter­wards they are wel­come to have a drink of tea or wa­ter so they do not feel rushed af­ter their ap­point­ment.’’

Book­ings are by ap­point­ment only, so if you have the odd nig­gle or you’re feel­ing a lit­tle stressed give Maam a call on 022 3250210.

Pam­per Me Mas­sage and Beauty, at 337 Ruahine Street, is open 7 days a week and will only be closed on Christ­mas Day over the fes­tive sea­son.

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