Introducing Cupping & Therapeutic Bodywork
What is Cupping?
Cupping is a comprehensive care technique aiming to decompress over-contracted muscles and other tissues. It is performed with medical-grade silicone cups. Cupping increases blood flow, absorption of water and nutrients, loosens adhesions which increase range of motion and stimulates the elimination of toxins and cellular debris, which often contribute to pain, tightness and fatigue. Simultaneously, the subtle yet crucial function of the lymphatic system is stimulated. This service is provided exclusively by Nimia (bio below).
Who Is Cupping Good For?
Cupping is a form of therapeutic bodywork ideal for people that suffer from sports injuries and chronic pain. If you are someone that needs deep tissue massage, it is likely that cupping will benefit you.
Who Should Not* Receive Cupping?
While cupping is not dangerous, it is important to notify your therapist if you have high blood pressure as this will determine the intensity of the cupping session.
*Please do not book cupping if you have the following conditions: an open wound, fever, or lymphedema.
What to Expect Post Cupping:
It is common for cupping to leave circular or linear marks on the skin that can range from light pink to deep red. The marks are simply an indication of increased blood flow which still occurs even when there is no color change.
Cupping After Care:
After cupping, we recommend dry-brushing the area treated and adjacent skin, preferably following the lymphatic flow. It is best to avoid drastic temperature changes for a few hours – this includes hot showers. Wait one day before resuming your normal exercise routine and avoid any other body work for at least 2 days post cupping.
30 Minute Cupping, $75
Ideal for clients who have not experienced cupping before and for follow up appointments. Attire: shorts & sports bra or bathing suit.
45 Minute Cupping, $110
Ideal for clients that have already experienced the 30 Minute or 60 Minute Massage with cupping sessions. Attire: shorts & sports bra or bathing suit.
60 Minute Therapeutic Massage with Cupping, $145
This service mixes our signature massage with cupping where needed. Ideal for clients with sports injuries, chronic pain and those that need deep tissue work but like to have the whole-body experience as well. It is also a great way those who have not experience cupping massage before.
Book Here or Call Us: 914.337.9356
Nimia Nazario-Méndez is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She began her journey as an LMT when searching for an alternative solution to muscle tension and stress. After attending a massage workshop and finding the relief she was looking for, she wanted to do the same for others. This led her to enroll at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she earned her degree in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapies. She has since become an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association as well as a Department of Education NYS Registrant.
Nimia believes that life is all about learning and continues to attend educational workshops and trainings on a regular basis. She incorporates her knowledge of many forms of healing into her work from traditional Swedish Massage to Cupping Massage modalities.
Nimia believes that massage should be a part of your regular health care and well-being and that it is just as important as nutritious food, regular physical activities, good sleep and having a good laugh and a big hug!
Presence Practice by Stephanie
In times we feel emotionally unbalanced, stressed, lacking focus, energy etc.....having a presence practice helps return us to balance.
As I talk about in Chapter Two of my book Reclaiming JOY, the emotional roller coaster is not sustainable and keeps us stuck. We react and often cause more turmoil.
This simple presence practice, called BRFWA, (we love and use often at the Sanctuary) brings us back to a relaxed state where our emotions are in balance.
From this place of emotional balance or equanimity, we are able to ride the emotional wave without drowning in it / losing ourselves for too long. In equanimity we find our way back to peace and clarity and perhaps even a chuckle. Once clear, we are able to take clear, focused action that keeps us on the path of peace as we move toward our goals. Let's go!
BRFWA Explained (Give yourself at least 5 minutes to experience this).
Breathe: As a wave of emotion comes over you, slow down your breath.
Allow your breath to flow freely in and out.
Relax: As you slow down your breath, your mind and body will begin to relax.
Soften your muscles, let go of mental and physical tension.
Feel: As you relax, you are able to soften into what you are feeling.
Stay open to the sensations and emotions moving through you in this moment.
Watch: While feeling, you watch your experience closely, neither grasping what is pleasant nor pushing away what is painful.
Allow: As you watch, you allow the process to unfold.
You accept yourself and your experience exactly as it is, dropping the need to change it in any way.
BRWFA is the practice of being present.
Being present is what we learn during meditation.
Prove It 30 Day Health Challenge - Starts 9/9 with Stephanie!!!
To join in the challenge starting Monday, 9/9, kindly note- you must be signed up with me by 8/31 which is next week :)
I spoke about the challenge briefly in this week's nutrition podcast (listen here).
As I shared, many of us are nutritionally starved. This results in low energy, excess weight, and health problems. To address this, we re-set the body with a healthy cleanse, clean foods, and good quality vitamins.
At the end of the 30 days, you feel amazing and have cultivated good habits that you will maintain. Remember- consistency = key to success in life :)
If you want more information about the challenge, please email me here.
It will be fun, and you will feel fabulous!!!
Life is short, live it well,
On Nutrition by Stephanie
A few weeks ago I shared that I am bringing nutrition back into the conversation...in a simple, effective, and meaningful way.
My philosophy is that life is too short to feel anything less than amazing!!! More on program offerings soon :)
In this weeks podcast, I discuss why many of us are nutritionally starved resulting in low energy, excess weight, and health problems. I share why it's important to re-set the body with a healthy cleanse, and how clean foods and vitamins support optimal health. Let's go!!!
Listen to Podcast Here.
It's not too late to give someone you love a gift certificate for sanctuary to relax, refresh, and renew this summer!
Give a Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary massage gift certificate or gift a dollar amount and let them choose.
While you are at it, book something for yourself too!
Purchase Instant Gift Certificates Here or Stop In.
Book Appointments Here or Call Us: 914.337.9356
Your Healthy Being by Stephanie
So I turned 44 last week. Yes, I know!!! I started my birth-day with a Bikram yoga class to release all the toxins and nourish my body, mind and spirit. Been practicing Bikram for 10 years and still love it. It's not for everybody. It is for this body. Know thyself!
Having said this, perhaps one of the best gifts I received that day was after yoga when someone guessed my age. 22. What!!! Heck yes!!! I feel it. I think I look pretty close to it too. At least that's what my mom still tells me (pictured below with me on left, mom center, and "older" sis on right).
Today I write to inspire you to take a real honest look at your health. You know why, right? Without health, we don't have much. Good health is the foundation for well being in all other areas of life. I often say health is the greatest wealth. I don't want to preach. I want to teach what I have learned cause that's why I am here. And I want to make it easier for you. I like simple. I like practical.
On that note...in the most recent podcast episode I speak about how the 4 foundations of health: nutrition, movement, stress management, and rest impact our energy and how we feel.
I share practical tips to help you move from sick/stuck/surviving to thriving.
By making small changes consistently over time you can achieve optimal health.
Making health a priority will impact and improve all areas of your life.
Your body is your vehicle to enjoy life. Take care of it! Let's go :)
Listen to Podcast Here.
Therapeutic Sports Massage
Another way to take care of your healthy being is with a therapeutic sports massage. Summer tends bring increased physical activity. Our body needs to re-balance all the output of energy and exertion with nourishing input that comes from massage. Our therapeutic sports massage is designed to release tension and restore blood flow. The added benefits of sports massage include restoration of energy and soothing healing touch.
Book Here or Call Us: 914.337.9356
Healthy Relationships by Stephanie
As I've shared in the past, relationships are one of my favorite topics.
Relationships have posed the greatest challenges for me, and have also been the most gratifying part of my life. Hmmm...a paradox? Yes! Life is a paradox.
The truth is, no matter what we do in life, at some point we must be in relationship with others.
As such, I want to help you heal / improve your relationships!!! It's so darn worth it...and makes life so much more enjoyable. In fact, healthy relationships are connected to well being and happiness...especially as we age. Our ability to have good (peaceful, positive, prosperous, playful, present) relationships is a foundation for our well-being.
And guess what? The primary relationship that needs to heal / improve is the one we have with our self.
I love the topic of relationship so much I did a podcast episode about it. You can listen here.
In this episode I talk about how to deal with transitions and challenges that arise in relationships. I also talk about how to manage those emotions in order to position ourselves to respond rather than react.
Learn practical wisdom to help you navigate all relationships. Challenge yourself to change the way you view relationships so they become a vehicle for learning and joy.
Relationships show us where we are on our spiritual path and can become our life long spiritual practice, greatest teacher.
At some point, hopefully not on our deathbed, we realize that we all need people, it's no so serious, and it doesn't need to be so darn painful...if we are willing to commit to awakening.
Pictured above: me, mom, sis.