By Mary N. DiZazzo

“A Massage Story”

Ciao bella,

Last Thanksgiving `08 my husband and I thought we should treat ourselves to a holiday.

Ahhhh—our destination The Kennebunkport Inn, Dock Square in the lovely state of Maine (Bush country). This 3-night package not only included a Lobster Thanksgiving Dinner but a massage! The massage was offered at the inn so there was no schlepping anywhere but home sweet inn! Our masseuse Lindsey offered a variety of massage and was employed nearby at the Cottage Breeze Day Spa and Boutique. Lindsey performed her services at the Inn with an all inclusive deal. Well, what an absolutely pleasant experience. Her expertise just melted all the stress, worries and tension away, In fact on the front of the Cottage Breeze Day Spa pamphlet are these words “When you get right down to it, what we all need is a place to go—A place where we can escape the noise of our lives and just relax”—Takayuki Ikkaku.

Well said—So here are some types of massage in this New Age and their techniques to bring back and retain health and our beautiful selves.

SWEDISH MASSAGE—developed in the 1700s by a Swedish Doctor-is a more common service. It incorporates long, fluid strokes of varying depth and pressure. The main purpose is to increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.

DEEP-TISSUE MASSAGE—is a more intense version of Swedish massage loosening muscle tissues, releasing toxins from muscles and body, while improving the circulation of blood and oxygen. “Deep Tissue” can be both corrective and therapeutic.

SHIATSU MASSAGE—Oriental therapy that is over 5000 years old. It works with the energy meridians and acupressure points of the body in order to unblock and balance the body’s energy. Where traditional massage employs kneading and friction—in Shiatsu pressure and stretching is used.

AROMATHERAPY—incorporating Swedish massage with essential oils to sooth the mind and body.

STONE THERAPY—incorporates massage with hot and cold stones to relieve stiffness and soreness.

Treat yourself today and feel and look like a million!!!!!

Buona giornata, and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

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