Are you hunched over your computer right this very moment? I know I am ALWAYS leaning forward to view the computer, or hunching over my laptop to type. NOT GOOD!
Burke Williams Day Spa (one of my favorites – if not THE FAVORITE spa of all time) has just introduced a new massage enhancement called the Dot.com. I had a massage with the Dot.com enhancement last Friday (comped by Burke Williams – thank you BW!). The massage therapist put a warm pack on my abdomen and bolsters under my back to get my shoulders to open up. Then she massaged and pressed on my chest, and had me hold on to a bar to stretch me in different directions. She also used a ball to massage my arms, back and chest. After that, she did a typical massage – focusing on my trigger points (AKA knots). All of this was to combat the negative effects of forward posture resulting from time spent in front of a computer, on a smart phone and driving a car. I was worried that the Dot.com would make the massage less relaxing and more like work? Not at all. The massage therapist did all the work. I was able to relax with my eyes closed while she worked. I would recommend this add-on (and regular massages) for anyone who spends all day on a computer (where my bloggers at?!).
Dot.com addresses prevalent issues from everyday life including head and shoulder forward posture, thoracic outlet syndrome and carpel tunnel syndrome. The service incorporates a back bolstering technique to work the shoulder girdle area, use of a therapeutic ball for shoulder and arm work, and a therapeutic wand as a way to enhance the stretching techniques used to open up the pectoral muscles and extend the front of the body. This powerful combination of techniques target tension in the neck, back and shoulders. Although the service is designed to be therapeutic, guests will still receive the benefits of rest and relaxation through clay heat packs that help calm and center the body during the enhancement session.
The Dot.com enhancement is available for $20. It can be added on to a Pure Relaxation Massage and the Deep Tissue Massage. The enhancement will last 20 minutes of the entire massage experience (but does not add to the length of the massage). The service will produce immediate results in posture. It is recommended that Dot.com be booked regularly to produce the most effective and lasting results.
While I was at Burke Williams, I also got a facial (I used a gift certificate given to me by a good friend – woo hoo!) and it was also pretty amazing. That was the second facial I’ve had at BW and both times the aestheticians have recommended using clay products to help my acne-prone but dehydrated skin. I bought the cruelty free H2V Mask (the same one used in the facials) and I love it. It’s also opened my eyes to other products that contain mineral-rich clay.
Did I mention that I used the spa’s 2 hot tubs, hot sauna, wet sauna and eucalyptus misting room for an hour before my treatments? I also ate fresh fruit, put rosemary/eucalyptus towels around my neck, sipped lemonade and spa water and relaxed in the semi-private “quiet room.” Yeah – last Friday was a good day! I can’t wait to go back!
Visit a Burke Williams near you and let me know what you think!