Thank you, TCGPLayer.com

Last week we were invited to visit the offices of TCGPLayer.com, one of Syracuse’s coolest and fastest growing companies. The company buys and sells game cards online. Like a lot of office workers, they needed help learning stretches and adaptive postures to help their body make it through the day. We were happy to be able to bring smiles to their faces.

How would you like to go to work one day and find out that you will have the chance to get a massage during your shift? Our therapists travel to campuses, offices, factories, hospitals – all sorts of workplaces – and we love it.

Here’s how it works. Most places hire us by the hour for 10 minute massages. With a little break in between (a little longer if the person falls asleep) we can each see 5 people in an hour. Our normal rate of $70 per hour applies, and there is an additional $20 travel fee per therapist.

You should bring this up at work. We’ll take care of you on the job.

Licensed Massage Therapists Rebecca Cousineau and Ed Griffin-Nolan helping offering chair massage to employees of TCGPLayer.com, one of Syracuse's coolest companies.

Licensed Massage Therapists Rebecca Cousineau and Ed Griffin-Nolan helping offering chair massage to employees of TCGPLayer.com, one of Syracuse’s coolest companies.

Pregnancy Massage

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we do offer pregnancy massage. All of our Massage Therapists have special training in dealing with the changes that the body undergoes during Pregnancy. We recommend massage therapy beginning in the second trimester. Our Pregnancy massage table is amazingly comfortable, and allows a woman to lie face down even in the very late stages of pregnancy. You will love it.

To schedule a pregnancy massage, just select the length of massage you would like (30 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes) and let the therapist know that you are expecting. There is no additional charge for pregnancy massage.

Pain Remedies Causing Addiction – Something Has to Change

125 people die every day in the US from opiate abuse, mostly heroin and prescription Fetanyl.
125 people die every day

This recent article, one of many, describes how the overprescription of opiates for pain relief has led to a dangerous epidemic across the country. It is long past time to ask – how many of these patients can be treated with medications or procedures that have fewer side effects and are less likely to create dependence?

A patient recently told me of a visit to a local Emergency Room. She was in acute abdominal pain, and before she knew it she was being given a dose of morphine (which she declined). Other patients with chronic pain report being offered narcotic pain relievers before other, less damaging remedies have been attempted. I can’t tell you how many times patients with osteoarthritis are placed on mood-altering meds with heavy side affects, when they have never been counseled to try aspirin, or exercise, let alone massage therapy or physical therapy. Patients who have had joint replacement surgery are sent home with huge doses of narcotics that can lead to addiction, with very little warning of the dangers of long term use.
I’m not a doctor, but most of the doctors I know are starting to question the practices that have led to such heavy reliance on the latest and the most expensive medications. It seems to me that, especially for chronic conditions, you want to start out with the least intrusive methods before recommending substances that have the potential to create addiction.
This is especially true among our young people. If you walk the streets near downtown Syracuse you will find dozens if not hundreds of homeless men and women. This is a group of people who have always been prone to substance abuse. But in recent years something has changed. We now have many young people whose drug addiction began after a high school or college athletic injury. Placed on opiates for pain relief, they turn to heroin when the prescription runs out.
Overprescribing narcotics intersects with cheap and readily available heroin to put our young people at risk. Waiting lists for addiction treatment are ridiculously long – it takes months to get help even after the addict decides to try to get clean.
Something has to change.

Happy New Year – We’ll be back on Saturday

We have just finished our last massage of 2015. That marks 19 years of the Art of Massage, and every day it just gets better. The Spa will be closed for New Year’s Day, and we will reopen on Saturday, January 2.

At this point we are booked up for the day, but we do have openings beginning next Monday, January 4th.

Thank you, everyone who has done us the honor of making us the place you visit to take care of your self.

We look forward to serving you in 2016.

Someone You Know Would Love a Massage

You can travel twice as far and spend three times as much for half the experience, but you won’t see any bigger smile than you’ll see on the face of the person who receives a gift certificate from the Art of Massage. To order a gift, you can call us at 315-475-9164, or click on the Gift Certificates.

We can send a paper gift certificate, or you can print it out or email it to the lucky recipient right from the website. Not sure which type of treatment he or she would like? Call us and we’ll get you a gift in any dollar amount, and let them pick what they’d like.

Happy Holidays!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This is the time when we get to come to you. In the next few weeks, our Licensed Massage Therapists will be traveling to workplaces, campuses, family gatherings and a host of other settings to offer portable and relaxing chair massages. We’ll be at the Syracuse University College of Law this Monday, and at a host of events at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF the following week.

Would you like the Art of Massage to be part of your company or organization’s holiday celebration this year? Be sure to call us to schedule your event soon! (315) 475-9164

We Give Thanks for You

Enjoy your holiday time with family. If you’d like a stress free way to begin your holiday shopping on Friday, please stop by the Spa between Noon and 5 PM. We will have a warm fire burning, some hot cider for you to enjoy, and, as our way to say Thank You, we will be selling Art of Massage Gift Certificates at a 10% discount.

You are always welcome at The Spa at 500. Your place to relax, restore, and renew yourself. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Summer Vacation Never Has to End

Is it possible to get too much massage?

This was the question put to me after a massage session two weeks ago. The questioner is a woman who has been enjoying treatment at the Art of Massage at least once a month for years. “Far as I know,” I told her, “no one has ever overdosed.”

So here’s what she decided to do. She has one week of vacation left, so starting on the day after Labor Day, she is coming to the Spa four days in a row. “Yoga in the morning, followed by a bike ride, then a massage before dinner.” What a great vacation idea!

We hope you’ve been taking good care of yourself this summer. We predict it’s going to stay warm and summer-like for a good long time.