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The gift of massage

For many, the holiday season can be the most stressful time of the year.  If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, you might want to consider the gift of massage.

Massage With RibbonYoung or old, male or female, receiving a massage is something almost everyone can benefit from--both physically by decreasing blood pressure and heart rate and psychologically, according to research.

Aside from relaxation, massage therapy can have a great many health benefits, including improved sleep, reduced anxiety and decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise. Those who experience pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, low back strain, arthritis and other illnesses can find massage therapy particularly beneficial.

Massage therapy can also be a great gift for yourself to relieve some holiday stress. In fact, visiting a local massage therapist can be one way to finish off your holiday list and reduce your own stress, all in one trip.

At the Whole Health Center in Lombard, our student interns provide massage therapy under the supervision of university clinicians at discounted rates. You can set up an appointment for anyone after the first of the year at the Lombard clinic or purchase gift certificates for half-hour and one-hour massage sessions at our Whole Health Center located in Pinellas Park in Florida.

Different types of massage are offered including soft tissues and muscle work, sports massage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular facilitation and joint mobilization and stretching.

To book a massage appointment at the Whole Health Center in Lombard call 630-629-9664. To purchase a gift certificate at the Whole Health Center in Pinellas Park call 727-873-7870.


Holidays are a Time to Both Give and Receive Massage!

Holidays can be fun, but they can be busy and stressful as well. With family obligations, financial demands, and a full schedule of activities, many people experience tension or even depression this time of year.

That's why taking advantage of a professional massage is a great self-care tool during the holidays. Massage has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce pain and tension, and can be a great way to de-stress. 


It may seem impossible to find the time for a massage in between your holiday shopping, cooking and social commitments, so here are some tips: 

  • Book your massage in advance, as this time of year can be busy for massage therapists, clinics and spas too.
  • Ideally, try to plan your massage for a day and time where you can relax afterwards with low-key activities. 
  • If an hour seems too much to squeeze into your busy pre-holiday schedule, how about a half-hour massage? Or even a quick stop at the chair massage station in your local mall?

In addition to taking care of yourself, giving the gift of massage to others during the holidays is a great idea. Think of those you know who would enjoy feeling pampered, or who are interested in health and wellness, or who would appreciate the stress reduction of a professional massage. A massage gift certificate is often a creative, unexpected and welcome surprise.

For those in the Chicago area, National University's Whole Health Center in Lombard offers massage gift certificates year-round. Your friends and loved ones will enjoy a relaxing therapeutic massage in one of our comfortable massage therapy suites. (Hint: Massage gift certificates are also great for workplace gift exchanges, raffle prizes and thank you gifts.)