Spirit of health
Aroma Therapy, Maternity Massages, Chair Massages, Hot Stone, and More!
Who we are?
Spirit of Health is adept in many forms of massage therapies including hot stone, lomi lomi, hot stone, prenatal, and orthopedic. Right in our Cupertino studio, Cara pampers her clients looking for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Facts and Questions
Bodies respond and relax naturally to heat. Using hot stone allows me to utilize localized warmth to help muscles relax and reduce pain. The hot stones are in motion they don’t create thee side effect of increasing blood to the area, an added benefit that avoids increased inflammation.
Get a relaxing massage 2 or 3 days before a big run so your muscles are flexible going into the run. It is also a good idea to get a massage after a run to help move the toxins and reduce inflammation as the body heals itself.
As part of the process, I use oil to reduce friction as I work to loosen tense muscles and joints. Most of my clients remove most (if not all) of their clothing, and then cover themselves under the sheet provided on the massage table. Throughout the massage, I work on different areas of the body at a time. Tailoring pressure to make sure you are comfortable, I’ll customize the massage to your special needs.
It is a percussion tool that is designed to break up scar tissue, calcium deposits and lactic acid that forms in the fiber of the muscle. It helps slow down the degeneration process associated with arthritis.
Regular massage reduces stress, high blood pressure and cortisol levels in your heart. Muscles have memory, so when gett regular massage your body will remember its time to relax. Over time you will start to relax just by laying on the table in anticipation of the massage.
That is an individual decision. However it’s recommended to get a massage at least once a month in order to reduce stress in your body. For those will particularly stressful lives I recommend coming in more often. If you are recovering from surgery or an injury, frequency of massage is determined on a case by case basis.
Typically one an hour is enough time to work on your entire body. However, 90 minutes is preferred especially when you are experiencing a lot of stress or you want extra attention in certain areas. For example, those with demanding careers where they frequently sit in meetings or spend hours at a computer. The muscles in their neck, shoulders and back get extremely tight, and a longer massage allows time to focus on those areas.
Drink lots of water. Toxins like lactic acid are released from your muscles during a massage. By drinking lots of water you help your body to wash out those toxins and heal. For clients looking to increase flexibility and range of motion, I may also suggest stretching exercises.
What People Say
“Spirit of Health is the BEST! I‘ve had many other massages to be able to offer a fair and experienced comparison. The atmosphere is peaceful and comfortable. I felt instantly welcomed and very much at home in their office. Not only do they have the mechanics of massage refined to near perfection, their sincere caring for their client radiates throughout the time spent with them. Spirit of Health gives a fantastic massage infused with genuine warmth, sincere caring, and a mother’s love.”
“I went to Spirit of Health on the recommendation of my chiropractor before I did the Avon 40-mile Walk for Breast Cancer. They knew exactly what to do to get my "stiff calves ready for the extensive training walks and the walk itself. Not only was I able to complete the walk, i was also able to climb Upper Yosemite Falls two weeks later. The combination of Hot Stone Massage, Orthopedic Massage and the Vibrocussor had me back on the trails in no time. Thank you Spirit of Health.
“As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I have come across many massage therapists over the last 13 years. Many people want the results of deep tissue massage but the pain or discomfort makes them even more stressed than before they got on the massage table. Cara is unique in that she gives the nurturing relaxing and calming massage that also deals with deep tissue issues. She is able to get through layers of stress with a variety of techniques and designs a massage therapy specific to each client’s needs. I personally love the hot stone massage because it’s not a passive experience – she actually uses the heated stones to melt the tension out of my muscles as she massages them. As someone that uses my muscles every day to help other people, I have to say it’s nice to get rid of all that tension in a one and a half hour massage from Cara, instead of days or stretching and time off work. Thanks Cara for helping me and all my patients get better quicker and stay well longer. You rock!”
“When I first walked out from getting a massage from Cara, I knew it was the best massage I had ever experienced. I have recommended her to others who had similar experiences.”
“I love Cara’s massages. She deeply cares about the needs of her clients while attending skillfully to the massage. Can’t be beat”
Lomi – she’s a true expert. I highly recommend her hot stone massage because she doesn’t just place heated river rocks on you, she uses the warmth of the stones to rub what feels like years of tension out of your muscles. She’s in California and I’m in Oregon now and her massage is high on the list of things I miss. Thanks Cara for all the great healing we’ve done! You are the best!”
“Unlike most massage therapist out there, Cara really tries to understand your body before working on it. I have been to Cara several times, bought her gift certificates (which are absolutely sought after) for my girlfriend, her friends and even my mom! Everyone came out of the massage and slept well for nights after, completely relaxed. In our current society of non-stop action, a massage therapist like Cara is absolutely needed to stop us and enjoy the breathe of fresh air, smell of flowers and appreciate the folks around us. Thank you, Cara.”
“Cara is a warm and caring woman who happens to be an expert masseuse. She knows what will make you feel good. She makes you feel welcome and puts you at ease. Whether you need an escape from stress or have a physical challenge, Cara can help you. Very highly recommended.”
“Cara is an outstanding massage therapist. I have used her services personally as well as referred my patients to her. She has extensive training in a variety of techniques. I suggest you try her Lomi Lomi massage…it’s the next closest thing to being in Hawaii. Aloha!”