Pregnancy can be beautiful, but it can also have its challenges. Hormone changes can cause strong emotions and even anxiety and depression. Shifts in circulation, and weight can also cause joint pain and discomfort. Prenatal massage can address all of these issues so that you can feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy.
Hormones tend to go haywire during pregnancy as your body works to support a developing baby. According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal massage can actually lower hormones such as cortisol that cause stress and anxiety. They can also increase serotonin and dopamine hormones. Lowered levels of these hormones are associated with depression. Prenatal massage can help regulate your hormones and boost your mood so that you feel emotionally well throughout your pregnancy.
Relief For Aches And Pains
Joint aches and pains are common, as well as swelling of the joints. Sciatic nerve pain often results from the way the uterus sits on the lower back and pelvis. Prenatal message can improve circulation and help reduce swelling and pain that can make pregnancy challenging. Even in the late stages of a pregnancy, when simple movements can become difficult, massage can offer relief and comfort.
Services At The Spa At Breckenridge
At The Spa at Breckenridge, not only do we offer prenatal massage, but we offer full body treatments that can help soothe the aches and pains of pregnancy. Swedish style massage is employed to relax tense back and shoulder muscles. A full body massage includes the legs, feet, scalp, and face to relax and rejuvenate every part of your body that is working so hard as your baby develops. There is a misconception that massaging feet can induce labor. Parents Magazine assures readers that this is not true. You can pamper your feet with worrying about inducing a premature labor. Rose oil and body butter used for nourishing the skin are formulated to be safe for use during pregnancy. These massages are administered while you lay on your side, supported with a body pillow for maximum comfort.
Check In With Your Doctor
Talk with your doctor before you schedule your prenatal massage in Breckenridge to make sure there aren’t any concerns you or your massage therapist should be aware of. Prenatal massage is considered safe for pregnancy, but there are a few, rare situations in which a doctor may advise against it.
Your Prenatal Care Routine
Include massage in your prenatal care routine. It is important to care for both your body and mind as you prepare for the birth of your little one. Massage will help you stay calm and relaxed throughout your pregnancy so that you can focus on the joy of developing life and expanding your family. Even labor and delivery can go smoothly when you have included massage in your prenatal care, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Schedule your prenatal massage at the Spa At Breckenridge today and start enjoying your pregnancy.
Date posted: November 6, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Spa Services for Mommy-to-be and Prenatal Massage
The snow will begin to fall in Breckenridge any day now. Are you ready for ski season? Skiing works so many muscles that we only use for that particular activity. If you hit the slopes cold, you could suffer with sore muscles. With a few easy preseason exercises, skiing can be more enjoyable from the start of the season. You may even be able to push yourself a little further and take your skills to the next level when you do some preseason training. These simple exercises don’t require much equipment and can be done at home or at the gym.
Place some obstacle on the floor that is an easy height to jump over. It could be as simple as a sweatshirt, or as tall as a duffle bag. Place your feet together on the floor, standing parallel to the object. From a slightly squatting position hop over the object, quickly moving to either side of objective. Hop back and forth for thirty seconds, then take a short break. This exercise not only improves muscle tone, but it will also get your heart pumping and improve your overall endurance.
Lunges can be done anywhere in your home; when you move down the hallway, or standing in place in the kitchen. Simply place one foot in front of the other, as though you are taking a large step. Then lower yourself slowly toward the ground and raise yourself up again. This exercise works the glutes and and the quadriceps, improving strength through your butt, hips, and thighs. These are key muscles used in skiing, and often the muscles that can wind up very sore the first two days of skiing.
While is may seem like your legs are doing all the work while you are skiing, your core muscles provide much needed control. Working your core muscles will set you up for clean and controlled runs. Coach Magazine suggests the “plank” and the “dead bug” to strengthen your core muscles. The plank can be done either by placing your feet on the wall or on the floor, and your body flat to the floor. Push up with your arms and hold your body stiff and parallel to the floor. Try increasing the amount of time you hold the plank with each repetition.
To start the “dead bug,” lay on your back and put your arms and legs in the air. Your legs should be bent ninety degrees at the knee. Extend your right leg straight in front of you and your left arm straight behind you and hold them just a few inches above the ground before pulling them back in. Repeat this a few times on each side.
Create Your Own Routine
Whether you prefer a workout routine in a gym, or doing a few reps here and there around the house, include these important exercises before you go skiing this year. You can make your exercises simple movements you do with your body, or use equipment or weights to add resistance. Spending a little time building your muscle strength in these key areas will help you have an excellent ski season.
Date posted: October 15, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Early Season Exercises to Get Ready for Skiing
Most mountain towns reach peak leaf season in mid-September. Because of the high elevation, the leaves in Breckenridge change color early and drop quickly. An overnight rain or a strong persistent breeze can bring autumn to a close even faster. Once the leaves start changing, don’t miss any opportunity to get up into the high country. While fall is short-lived, it’s spectacular. The intense golden glow of the aspen is unlike anything you will experience in any other part of the country.
Here are the best places to view aspen in Breckenridge. Don’t forget the days can get cool and the nights even cooler, so come prepared.
Boreas Pass Loop
Boreas Pass starts on the south end of town in Breckenridge. It follows a narrow and winding road, that is hugged by aspen on both sides. You will be rewarded with stunning views and fiery leaves. This is a popular road to hike and bike on, so watch out for those enjoying the leaves on foot. If you take Boreas Pass all of the way over, you will come out in Como, you can then take 285 South to Fairplay. Stop in Fairplay for lunch or ice cream on Front Street and take a stroll at the beach. You can continue north on Highway 9 back toward Breckenridge. You will again be rewarded with magnificent views and thick stands of aspen all the way up and over Hoosier Pass. For an off the beaten path view, take Beaver Creek Road on the north end of Fairplay. You can follow this road all the way back to Highway 9. The end of the road is not maintained, so be prepared for some large rocks. The aspens surround beaver ponds and create a quiet and serene area to enjoy thick woods and beautiful views of Silverheels Mountain. This is a great day trip and can take a few hours to all day, depending on the side adventures you take.
If you are willing to go for a little hike to see the leaves, McCullough Gulch offers a stunning meander through the forest. This trail follows along a stream and rewards you with a captivating waterfall at the end. It is an out and back trail that totals about three miles. Be aware that the first mile and a half to the waterfall gradually moves uphill the entire time. There are also moments where the trail navigates over rock piles and tree roots that can be challenging.
Pence Miller Ditch
This trail is easy to get to from town. You can head up Skill Hill Road and park at the overlook. The trailhead is across the street. The trail is a little over a mile and skirts Shock Hill. The trail is easy with a steep climb at the beginning being the most difficult part. It is surrounded by aspens for a wonderland like walk through the woods. Be aware that bikers commonly use this trail as well, so be respectful of one another.
Breckenridge Fall Colors
Any trail, patio, road, or overlook, will not disappoint you in September in Breckenridge. The mountainsides are thick with aspen and everywhere you look will offer a stunning golden glow. Take a trip to the high country this fall to experience the mountains at their finest.
Date posted: September 30, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Best Places to View Autumn Colors in Breckenridge
Aromatherapy uses specific scents to lift the mood, calm and relax, and even relieve some pain. Most commonly, aromatherapy employs essential oils either through a diffuser, or mixed into oils and lotions rubbed directly on the skin. Combining aromatherapy with massage can have astounding results, both physically and mentally. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from aromatherapy massage in Breckenridge.
When you have been stressed and can’t seem to let go and relax, try aromatherapy massage. Oils such as lavender are known to have a calming effect and even induce sleep. Psychology Today cited a study in Japan that found Yuzu oil calmed heart rates and lowered stress and anxiety. Additionally, the National Cancer Institute found that chamomile helped relieve anxiety. These oils used alongside a massage that releases muscle tension can help you relax and possibly even improve sleep.
While some people are hoping to relax and slow down, others want to add a little pep to their lives. Aromatherapy can also be used to lift the mood and boost energy, ultimately improving productivity. According to Organic Facts the best oils for boosting energy are black pepper, cardamom, tea tree, and sage. Massage is also known to improve circulation. Better circulation improves oxygen flow to your brain and all parts of your body giving you the mental energy you need to focus and concentrate on whatever task is at hand.
Massage can address muscle tension in the neck, back, and head that often results in headaches. Oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus are also known for relieving headaches. Massage along with the use of these oils can combat even migraines without the use of a variety of drugs.
Immune System Support
Many oils have anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties combined with relieving stress and anxiety can work to help support the immune system and stave off the common cold and other minor ailments. Schedule your aromatherapy massage in Breckenridge at the start of the cold and flu season to help give your body a healthy start to the winter.
Schedule Your Appointment
There are very few side effects or risks that come with using essential oils for aromatherapy. However, to reap the most benefit it is important to work with a trained aromatherapist. These professionals can help come up with the right combination of oils for your health needs. You should also let your Breckenridge massage therapist know about any medical conditions or allergies. It is possible for some oils to cause an allergic reaction. Many oils also need to be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation. A massage therapist will make sure any oils used are gentle and comforting on your skin. Try aromatherapy massage to improve your health and well-being. Aromatherapy massage at the Spa in Breckenridge can help you achieve achieve your wellness goals.
Date posted: September 20, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on The Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage
Hiking is an excellent way to get out and see the mountains. You can enjoy majestic views, stunning wildflowers, wild streams and even glimpse some wildlife. While you may walk regularly, hiking can work muscles a bit differently and be slightly more demanding physically, depending on the terrain and level of difficulty. Stretching after hikes can prevent soreness and injury. Taking a few minutes to stretch when you get off the trail will help you stay ready for whatever adventure you are planning tomorrow. Try these stretches after your hike to take care of your muscles.
A blog from Columbia suggests the IT band/hamstring stretch. It is a simple variation on a toe touch. Instead of standing with your feet together, cross your legs and bend at your hips with your fingers towards your toes. Hold the stretch for five breaths, pushing just a little lower with each breath. Then, switch which leg is crossed over the top and perform the stretch again.
Your shoulders can become tired and strained when you are carrying a heavy backpack. To stretch your shoulders, lift one elbow over your head and drop your hand to the middle of your back. Take your other hand and very gently push your elbow down so that your hand moves slightly further down your back. Only push until you begin to feel the stretch. Hold the pressure for a few breaths. Then switch arms and start again.
Toes and Foot Stretch
My Five Acres suggests a stretch to address aching feet and tired toes, they call it the “Toe Crusher.” Tuck your toes underneath you, like you are about to do a pushup, then, lower your knees to the ground, push them back towards your feet. Once your knees are on the ground, sit back on your heels, holding your back straight and upright. This will apply pressure to your feet stretching the soul of your foot and your toes. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
This stretch targets your hips. You will need a sturdy surface to help you balance, a tree works great. Cross one foot over the top of the opposite knee. Gently lower yourself into a sitting position until you feel the stretch in your hip. Hold the position for five deep breaths, switch legs and repeat.
Place your toes up against a hard surface, a tree or rock will work, with your heel on the ground. Place your other foot slightly behind you, just behind your shoulder. Lean forward with your hips until you feel the stretch in your calves. Hold the stretch for five deep breaths and then switch legs.
Take The Time To Stretch
As you stretch, remember that you should feel some tightness and your muscles stretching, but you should not feel intense pain. You do not want to hold the stretch longer than is comfortable or push your body beyond its limits. If you have any known physical condition, talk with your doctors about what stretches might be best for you. As you stretch, be sure to take deep breaths that fill your belly. This will deliver oxygen to your muscles, as well as help you stay centered and focused. Stretching can not only improve recovery time, relieve sore muscles, and prevent injury, it can also lift your mood. A few minutes spent stretching after your hike is worth the investment.
Date posted: August 31, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Post Hiking Recovery Stretches
Summer in Breckenridge means sunshine. Bright sunny days are perfect for hiking, biking and other adventures, but they are not great for your skin. You will need to take some extra measures to protect your skin from the intense sun during the summer. According to an article from the Huffington Post, UV radiation can be up to 10% more per 1,000 feet of rise in elevation from sea level. This is due to the atmosphere getting thinner as the elevation increases. You can check the UV index on the EPA website. Currently, Breckenridge ranks at 11, which is considered extremely high.
For daily care of your skin, you should use a facial moisturizer that contains sunscreen. This will protect your skin as you move about your everyday activities. If you are going to be out and about longer, you will need to add more protection.
The best way to protect your skin is to prevent it from being exposed. Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts, and wide-brimmed hats to shade the most vulnerable parts of your body. Sunglasses also protect the tender places around your eyes, as well as your eyes themselves.
In addition to covering your skin you can wear a high-SPF, waterproof sunscreen. Often, people experience fewer sensitivities to mineral-based sunscreens than other types. It is important to reapply after two hours, or after you go swimming. Even if it is waterproof sunscreen, it can wear off.
You should also consider a break. When you have been out in the sun all day, look for some shade to take some shelter in for a while. Go inside for lunch around noon, when the sun is most intense. Don’t push your skin to the limits. You can also bring an umbrella if you are going to an event where you will be outside most of the day.
Staying hydrated won’t protect you from a sunburn, but it can help you feel your best. Skin can become very dry in this extreme climate. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and feeling well. A moisturizer or lotion will also help your skin feel soft and smooth. Take extra care of your skin when you are feeling dry or irritated and schedule a body treatment at the Spa at Breckenridge.
Protect Your Skin
At the very least sun can cause damage that results in pesky wrinkles or age spots as we grow older. At its worst, sun damage can result in cancer. While a golden tan may be desirable now, your skin will thank you later for covering up and preventing damage.
And when all else fails, consider our anti-aging facial to help your skin heal! Check out our full list of facials.
Date posted: August 23, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on How to Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun
The New Yorker cites a study that found immune system strength improved with touch. Participants who received hugs each day were exposed to a cold virus, along with participants who did not receive hugs. Those that received the regular touch were more likely to resist the virus that those who did not. Touch is an important part of our human experience and science is beginning to understand that it not only improves our emotional well-being, but also our physical well-being.
Many of us do not experience regular contact, and healthy touch with other people. Massage is a great way to incorporate touch into your regular routine. Massage works tension out of muscles relieving stress and anxiety, and it can also have the same positive benefits that human touch provide which includes improved immune systems.
One of the most touted benefits of massage is pain relief. According to Mayo Clinic, massage can offer relief from headaches, pain from fibromyalgia, and pain from sports injuries. Studies cited by Harvard Health found both hand pain and chronic neck pain were reduced with regular massage.
There are also a few studies that have linked lowered cortisol (a stress hormone) and lower blood pressure to regular massage. While it is still inconclusive, it is entirely possible that massage can improve circulation and improve overall heart health. Massage, combined with other supplements and medications might be a helpful way to manage blood pressure complications.
Managing Chronic Stress
Massage demands that we take a moment out of our busy lives to rest. These quiet moments can restore our spirits, relieve anxiety, and give us pause to breath. Chronic stress has a number of negative impacts on physical health. It can inhibit sleep, cause headaches, and even affect digestion. Over time it can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, and more. Massage combats chronic stress. While there are no studies that prove massage directly helps any of the health challenges listed above, we do know that massage lowers stress. Less stress results in healthier bodies, both physically and mentally.
Work With Your Doctor
If you have a specific ailment, you should not replace your current treatment with massage. Talk to your doctor about how massage could be added to your health care regimen to improve your outcomes. You should also inform your massage therapist of any specific needs, chronic pain, illness, or injury. Working with your doctor and your massage therapist will help you discover the best ways to meet your health goals through massage.
Your Health Routine
Human touch, rest, relief of tension, and reducing pain all add up to multiple health benefits. Make massage part of your regular health routine. Stave off stress and enjoy the health benefits of massage in your day to day life.
Date posted: July 31, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on The Healing Power of Touch: How Massage can Improve your Health
You don’t have to look far to find stunning wildflowers in and around Breckenridge. Easy, short day hikes will reward you greatly, whether they are through alpine meadows, along streams, or through aspen or conifer forests, you will find some of Colorado’s most iconic flowers. Be on the look out for columbine, fireweed, paintbrush, blue gentian, wild roses, lupine, and more.
Black Powder Pass
Black Powder Pass is a high alpine trail. You can access it at the top of Boreas Pass. The Boreas Pass road is open to cars during the summer. Black Powder Pass is a short mile and a half out and back trail that goes through a high alpine meadow. This trail is ideal in late July and August and is bursting with high alpine flowers in all directions.
The Lower Flume Trail
This trail follows Highway 9 just north of town. You can find the trailhead at the Summit County building near the 7-11. The trail is an out and back trail that is 1.6 miles one way. It has an elevation gain of only 66 feet. Close to town, this is an ideal quick morning hike that will help you acclimate to the altitude. It is also a trail that will dry out earlier in the summer than other, higher trails.
The Moonstone Trail is a trail that starts out of Carter Park. The trail is out and back for a total of .8 miles and only 190 feet elevation gain. This easy trail is an ideal trail to start on if you are just adjusting to the elevation. It meanders through woods, so you will encounter the kind of wildflowers that like to grow in moist and shady places.
Crystal Lake Trail
There are several Crystal Lake Trails throughout the area. This Crystal Lake Trail begins at the top of Hoosier Pass. Take Highway 9 south, there is a parking lot at the top of the pass. Follow the trail at the parking lot, then head toward the north side of the mountain. This trail wanders through beautiful high alpine meadows and arrives at a stunning lake. Later in the summer is the best time for this trail because it can be covered in snow or very wet from snow melt in June. It is a short, flat hike to the lake. You can hike back the way you came or take a steep incline on the other side of the lake to make the trail a loop.
If you are new to hiking you can check out the Breckenridge Recreation Center’s guided hikes. These guided hikes will introduce you to new trails, teach about the wildlife, and trees and flowers along the trail. The hikes are for people 6 years old and up and range from easy to moderate. They cost $15. You can see a full schedule of the hikes on the Breckenridge Recreation website. These hikes are perfect to get you started and give you the confidence you need to go out on your own.
For more information about trails in the Breckenridge area check out the Hiking Project. It includes maps, descriptions, mileage, elevation gain, and difficulty, so you can research and find the best trails for your skills and abilities. Wildflowers of Colorado is an excellent resource to help you identify what you have seen, or help you know what to look for. Get out and enjoy this unique alpine environment that only Colorado mountains have to offer.
Paintbrush photo by Jessie Unruh, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Date posted: July 15, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Our Favorite Beginner Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge
Your wedding can be one of the most stressful or one of the most beautiful days you will ever experience. How you handle the days leading up to your wedding and what you do to manage stress and anxiety can have a major impact on how you enjoy the day. Follow these tips for staying calm before your wedding.
Lists and Lists
A well-planned wedding thrives on lists. Writing everything down will help relieve stress because you will not feel pressured to keep it in your memory. Keep close track of your lists and keep them organized. On the day of the wedding hand off your lists to someone else. Give it to a wedding planner, personal attendant, bridesmaid, or even mom. Just make sure that you are no longer responsible for anything on it on your wedding day. This will leave you free to relax and enjoy the day.
Get a Pre-wedding Massage
Relieve tension with a massage! Wedding planning happens over the course of months and in some cases, years. The tension that results from the stress of planning can easily build up over time. Schedule regular massages so that you can unload all the stress of wedding planning. In the days approaching the wedding schedule a spa date for your bridal party so that you can relax and enjoy your friends. Shedding some tension and anxiety before the wedding day will help you feel calmer as the day approaches.
Exercise and Sleep
It can be easy to forget to do the things that your body needs to stay healthy when you are feeling overwhelmed. It is important that you find time to take care of yourself and get the exercise and sleep you need to stay healthy and well. Not only will exercise and sleep help you feel well, but it will also relieve stress. You will want to be healthy on your wedding day, so take time to take care of yourself.
Take Some Alone Time
Often, in the days approaching a wedding there is a lot of activity with family and friends arriving to visit. All of the time spent with people can become overwhelming. Find moments to escape for a few minutes of alone time. Recharge your people battery so that you don’t feel frazzled at your wedding. Go for a quiet walk, get a cup of coffee, or just hide away and take a nap. Evaluate how you are feeling and know when you need to get away for a few minutes by yourself.
It is possible to stay calm and enjoy your wedding. You can savor all of the beautiful details, enjoy all of your guests, and most importantly appreciate your spouse if you feel calm and relaxed. In the midst of all the wedding busyness, take time for much needed self care.
Date posted: June 30, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on How to Stay Calm Before Your Wedding
Breckenridge offers an ideal environment for experiencing the arts. The BreckCreate arts district provides classes and workshops throughout the year. You can find art to bring home any time of year in the world-class galleries throughout Breckenridge. But, summer is the best time to experience a broad variety of art at the festivals and events. From vertical dancing to giant trolls, these festivals allow you to experience unique expressions of art that you won’t find anywhere else. Come to Breckenridge to discover art in a whole new way this summer.
Breckenridge’s biggest art festival is the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA). It runs from August 9th-18th. This festival features installations by artists from around the world. You can find some installations right in town, and others while you are exploring out on the trails around Breckenridge. Thomas Dambo will be returning to Breckenridge to create a new troll sculpture. Blue River will be a featured installation by Giuseppe Licari, a Dutch artist, and Gretchen Marie Schaefer, an artist based out of Denver. The work is inspired by the rich history in Breckenridge.
The festival will also feature music and performing arts. Enjoy DeVotchKa at the River Walk Center on Sunday, August 11th. This Denver based band fuses international sounds with American folk and punk. You can hear Chirp! By Chimney Choir out on Iowa Hill Trail and Illinois Creek Trail throughout the two weekends of the festival. This group uses their voices to create charming arrangements of folk inspired music. Tree-o is a three piece string ensemble that can be found high in the pine boughs. Catch this heightened performance art on the Illinois Creek Trail.
You do not want to miss BANDALOOP. BANDALOOP is a distinct dance troop that performs vertically, as well as horizontally. The group has performed throughout the world, high on the sides of buildings and cliff faces. The group will be shooting a new film while they are in Breckenridge and the filming locations are free and open to the public to view the dancing. In addition to the film sites, they will also hold several indoor performances at the Riverwalk Center. There is no admission, but seating is first come, first serve.
You can also take part in the art yourself. There are a variety of workshops throughout the weekend. Some are for children and others for artists of all ages. Workshops include painting planters, organic weaving, and rock mosaics. If you feel inspired creatively, try out one of these fun workshops to help you get started on your next project.
Check out listings of the events with times, locations, and costs on the BreckCreate website. There is so much to do and see throughout the two weekends. There are also other smaller events and installations throughout the summer that can be found on the BreckCreate website. Check it out to see what is happening in the arts when you are in town. Restore your sense of wonder and and enjoy these impressive installations of visual and performance art.
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: June 20, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Celebrate Art & Creativity in Breckenridge This Summer
Hot stone massage incorporates placing heated stones on the body and traditional massage techniques, such as Swedish massage, for a deeply relaxing and rejuvenating massage. The warm stones may be placed on the spine, feet, palms, chest, and even face. A massage therapist may also use the warm stones as they perform parts of the massage. Cold stones can also be incorporated in the massage depending on the client’s health needs and objectives. There are many benefits to hot stone massage.
The most obvious benefit to hot stone massage is relaxation and tension relief. Stress and anxiety cause muscles to tighten up, which in turn can cause mild to severe pain. Pain can then cause more stress which creates a cycle of stress and discomfort. Hot stone massage works to relieve the tension in muscles throughout the body. The warmth can relax muscles and allow the massage to penetrate deeper. When you are feeling tension throughout your body, hot stone massage can offer much needed relief.
Hot stone massage can also offer relief for chronic pain. Healthline cites studies that found people who suffer from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis experienced less pain, improved sleep, and improved range of motion. If you are experiencing health complications due to chronic pain, you may want to try hot stone massage to ease some of your symptoms. Be sure you discuss any diagnosis, as well as your health needs and objectives with your massage therapist.
Improved circulation is another benefit of hot stone massage. The warm stones, combined with the massage can help open up blood vessels and increase blood flow throughout the body. Clients taking blood thinners should discuss whether or not hot stone massage is best for them, as this could be a risk factor.
Medical News Today cited a review that found massage can improve sleep for older populations. Many people experience lack of sleep due to stress, anxiety, and even back and neck pain. Hot stone massage can effectively address these causes of poor sleep and improve sleep quality. Consider trying hot stone massage as a natural way to improve sleep and feel well rested.
Talk to a Massage Therapist
If you are considering hot stone massage, talk to a massage therapist about whether or not it is right for you. Be sure to discuss any medical problems, diagnosed or undiagnosed. This will help the massage therapist determine the best massage for your health needs and goals. Combat persistent stress and tension, as well as muscle pain with a relaxing hot stone massage. Schedule yours at the Spa at Breckenridge today.
Date posted: June 1, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Benefits to Hot Stone Massage
Summer in Breck is glorious! The days are warm and sunny, but cool mountain breezes keep everyone comfortable. Wildflowers fill mountain meadows, single track trails offer mountain bike adventure, and numerous patios provide fine, al fresco dining. You can fill your days with high adventure, or simply relax and enjoy the cool air and mountain views.
Go for a Hike
Breckenridge has something for every skill level of hiker. You can summit a fourteener (one of Colorado’s famed mountains over 14,000 ft.) or take a stroll down a paved walk and everything in between. If you want a simple day hike, check out McCullough Gulch off of Highway 9 or Crystal Lakes accessed from Hoosier Pass.
Try Mountain or Road Biking
There are several bike rental shops throughout Breckenridge that offer road or mountain bikes. Single track trails can be accessed throughout town. A paved trail, ideal for road biking, runs through Breck, all the way to Frisco and even connects to Lake Dillon.
Take a Historic Walking Tour
Breckenridge was founded as a mining town and the stories are as rich as the gold that used to flow out of the mountain. Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers tours of historic locations, from saloons, to gold mines, to famous homes. Plan an afternoon or evening to schedule one of these fascinating walking tours.
Tour a Gold Mine
Exploring a historic gold mine offers fun for the whole family. You can learn about the history, pan for gold, and experience the mountain from deep within it.
Schedule a Jeep Tour
A jeep tour can take you deep into the backcountry for views unlike any other. With a local tour guide you can experience Breckenridge’s surrounding spaces in a way you never have before. Take a tour to a remote lake or over mountain passes inaccessible to other types of vehicles.
Enjoy Patio Dining
Almost every restaurant in Breck offers patio seating. Watch the sun go down over the mountains as you enjoy fine, local fare.
Try Local Brews and Spirits
Breckenridge has both a brewery and a distillery. Take some time to try out delicious craft brews and cocktails featuring locally distilled whiskey. Broken Compass Brewing Company offers a free shuttle around Breckenridge to the tap room, so you don’t even have to worry about a designated driver.
Plan a day to enjoy the Epic Discovery an adventure park at Peak 8. You can rock climb, play mini golf, take a ride on the mountain coaster or try out the zipline. There are activities for every age group at this high energy adventure park. Even teenagers will be entertained!
Plan for Summer
Whatever you plan, it is important to keep mountain weather in mind. Storms usually roll through in the afternoon. Plan outdoor activities in the morning so you can be safely off the peaks before any lightning strikes. Take a rest, hit the brewery, or shop on Main Street during those stormy afternoon hours. Then, enjoy a beautiful sunset on a patio. Always bring layers, a cool breeze or even prolonged cloud cover can drop the temperature significantly. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. While the air is cool, the sun is intense, and the atmosphere is thinner at 9,000 ft.
There is so much to do throughout the summer in Breckenridge. Come up to the mountains to get away from the hustle and bustle and breathe some fresh, mountain air.
Photo by Louie Traub courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Photo by John Maguire courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Date posted: May 17, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on What to Do in Breck During the Summer
First, decide what your objectives are for your massage. Do you want to relieve stress and tension? Do you have chronic pain in your neck and back? Do you want to improve recovery time after physical activity? Or do you simply want to relax?
The Most Common Massage: Swedish Massage
The most common type of massage is the Swedish massage. This massage uses five different strokes to relieve tension and loosen muscles. It is generalized so that is useful for most people. However, there are many different types of massage and something different may be better for your body and your health objectives.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage employs intense pressure to delve deep into muscle tissue and the fascia, which is the tissue that surrounds and connects the muscles. This type of massage is ideal for people suffering from chronic pain or have targeted areas of intense muscle tension. Verywell Health cites Consumer Reports as finding that consumers ranked Deep Tissue Massage as one of the most effective treatments for Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia pain. Deep tissue massage requires a significant amount of pressure, but should not be painful. If too much pressure makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider a different type of massage.
Sports recovery massage targets specific muscles used for a particular sport or activity. This massage is designed to help muscles recover faster from strain. It can also improve flexibility, and ultimately, help prevent injury. When you regularly practice a sport, or train to improve at a particular sport, sports recovery massage can help you achieve your goals with less pain and potential for fewer injuries.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses many strokes that are similar to Swedish massage and incorporates the placement of hot stones on your body, usually the back, arms, or legs. The warm pressure can help relieve muscle tension and adds another element that can induce relaxation. According to Health Line, hot stone massage can increase blood flow, relieve pain, and ease tension.
Specifically for pregnant women, prenatal massage targets the areas that are often strained by pregnancy, such as the lower back and legs. This massage can relieve a lot of stress and pain that can be associated with pregnancy, so that you can relax and enjoy this special season in life. It is safe for women and babies once they enter the second trimester. Due to the sensitive nature of this type of massage, it is important to find a massage therapist that is well trained and licensed in prenatal massage.
Talk With Your Massage Therapist
The best way to find the type of massage that is right for you is to talk with a massage therapist. Be sure to disclose any medical conditions. Share your goals, specific pain that you may have, and any other information that may help your massage therapist determine the right massage for you. Never hesitate to talk with your massage therapist about all of your options so that you can have the best possible massage experience and outcomes.
Date posted: April 30, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on What Type of Massage Do I Need?
Mud season in Breck can begin as early as April and go on into May. It is called mud season because the snow pack begins to melt and creates areas of thick mud. Snow can still fly, but temperatures can also soar up into the upper 50’s. Breckenridge Resort has reported a total of 378 inches of snow this season. That means there will be a lot of water making its way down the mountain this spring. Without skiing, and before summer is in full swing what is there to love about mud season?
Because skiing winds down, but the trails aren’t quite ready for biking and hiking, not as many people vacation in Breckenridge during these months. This means there are often reduced prices on lodging. Local restaurants also offer dining deals. Mud season can be an especially great time to score gear because the local ski and board shops are trying to move out their inventory to make room for summer items.
Fewer people can mean a little more space for you to spread out. You can get reservations at your favorite restaurants. The ski lift lines are shorter as the season winds down. If you want to experience Breckenridge with a more intimate and cozy feel, mud season is the perfect time to come.
When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everything, mud season is the perfect time to escape. You can relax by a fire, enjoy a cup of coffee on a patio, try out new restaurants, and simple enjoy life at a slower pace. You could even schedule a spa day and relieve some stress with a massage and a soak in a warm pool.
While many of the famed mountain bike trails are still too wet and muddy to ride, you can still ride your bike. There are great road biking trails throughout Summit County. There is a rec path that runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. From Frisco, you can take the trail that follows Lake Dillon. Another popular trail also runs along Vail Pass. The cool weather makes spring a great time to try out these paved, road biking trails.
Things To Keep in Mind
Mud season can be a fun way to experience the mountains. However, keep some things in mind as you plan your trip. Depending on when you come, the ski resort may still be open, but the runs and ski lifts that are open can be limited due to weather conditions. While many restaurants offer great deals during mud season, others close down for an annual cleaning, or simply to recover from the busy season, and others may limit their hours. Other outfitters may also have reduced prices, but limit their hours or have reduced staff available. Trail conditions can also be great for snowshoeing, but some trails may be impassible due to mud and water. As long as you plan ahead and are willing to be flexible according to the whims of the weather, mud season can be one of the best times of year to experience Breckenridge.
Photo: “The Crown Cafe and Tavern” by Austyn Dineen courtesy of The Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Date posted: April 29, 2019 | Author: td1351gn | Comments Off on Why We Love Mud Season in Breck