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Back in Business

To all of my amazing clients I am so happy to announce that I am ‘officially’ back in biz! My studio is OPEN for all services and I’m making house calls with a 90 min minimum booking.

To maintain health and safety protocols I do wear a mask throughout, but do not require clients to wear them during the session (only before and after). I will ensure my health is good, that my sheets and towels are fresh and that my stones and other tools are sanitized after each use. In addition, I am asking all clients to leave shoes at the door and to wash hands before receiving any serivce.

If you are a returning client, please check my MENU as my rates and policies have changed. To BOOK contact me directly as I am not able to offer my online scheduling service at this time and try to book ahead as my schedule fills up quickly. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Self Care at Home

With Covid-19 threatening public health and forcing us all to stay indoors, self care and in home workouts are our new normal.  I wanted to share some of my favorite self care massage tools to help keep you feeling good during this time. These tools can be used anytime, over clothing and can be very effective!

The Foam Roller is my savior, it keeps my back and body flexible and free of tension. The PRO FOAM ROLLER is my favorite brand. With a comfortable standard density (medium firmness) and multiple size options, these rollers offer a variety of uses and benefits.

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  • Break up tight fascia
  • Soothe sore muscles
  • improve flexibility
  • Aid rehabilitation
  • Increase mobility
  • Increase core strength
  • Improve balance and stability

For a great 5 minute foam rolling routine with Lauren Roxburgh to wake up your body! Click HERE

 

Massage guns have taken the world by storm in the last year with so many different brands hitting the market. After doing lots of research and trying different models I finally bought the KRAFT GUN and love it’s easy handling, powerful force, but quiet sound. I have to say it’s an incredible modern tool for self care, but there are also many cheaper models depending on your budget.

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  • Speeds up recovery
  • Relives muscle spasms and stiffness
  • Releases lactic acid
  • Increases blood and lymphatic Flow
  • Improves range of motion
  • Soothe Sore Muscles
  • Relief for Arm, Leg and Glute pain

For a great video to compare all the different models click HERE.

 

Massage balls are such a simple, but amazing tool for trigger point relief, especially for the back. You can use tennis balls if you have them or my favorite is Lacrosse Balls. The size and firmness of the lacrosse balls allows you to use your body weight to do the work. Here are the many benefits.

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  • Targeted relief for the deep muscles in the lower back
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Relieve headaches and pain at the base of the skull.
  • Foot and leg pain

For a great instructional video click HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

In Light of Recent Events..

This is truly an unprecedented time in our lives with the threat of the Covid-19 virus spreading around the world. We are all in this together and I wanted to reassure you this too shall pass, but in the meantime I am here to be of service in any way that I can. With small children and older parents around I have been closely monitoring the CDC and the WHO for up to date information on how keep my clients, my family and myself safe.

I will be limiting my hours, but still taking clients as self care is crucial during this time, but I will keep you updated in the event that we start having cases in our area. As always, I will ensure that all my sheets and towels are fresh and my stones and caddy’s are sanitized after each use. In addition, I’ll confirm the morning of your appointment that my health and the health of my family are good. I will waive any fees in the event that you need to cancel or reschedule when not feeling well and I am asking all clients to leave shoes at the door and to wash hands before receiving any serivce..

I am here to help if you need anything.. don’t hesitate to reach out! Let’s all stay safe, healthy and positive!

Give the Gift of Wellness

Tis the season for giving, but also for receiving! The holidays are an amazing time of the year, but they can also be super stressful. Self care is a necessity and critical to your well being.

Treat yourself or your favorite people to the best gifts of all, relaxation and rejuvenation! For the first time ever I’m offering discounted rates on gift certificates.

Buy more/ save more.. up to 20% off when you purchase 4 or more.. Good through December! Don’t miss this opportunity to save, call 310-663-7112 today!

Adding Self Care to Your to do List

Life is non stop these days! Juggling work, family and everything else, it can get harder and harder to take care of you! Self care is a necessity… not just a luxury. Especially for all the mamas and caretakers out there, when you are constantly depleting your energy source you need to replenish and receive.

Many studies have shown the benefits of therapeutic massage therapy to reduce stress, relieve pain and enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. My guide for general maintenance and stress relief, monthly sessions are ideal. For moderate to chronic issues, weekly sessions are recommended until resolved. For more serious injuries, multiple sessions in a short period of time is the most effective, ideally twice a week at first, then weekly until resolved.

The rule of thumb is whatever the issue don’t wait, the sooner you get on the table the better you will feel. Make self care a priority, book a session today!

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Introducing Courtney G Bodywork

Hi friends, I have some exciting news to share! After 18 years the time has come for a fresh new look… new name, new logo, new menu and new spa treatment room! Although I am still on the go, I am working to build my home practice in Woodland Hills and thrilled to announce that I am now offering online bookings!!

I would love to pamper you with my signature East/West Table Massage, complete with hot towels, stones, hand picked music and my fancy new hot stone roller! Or try a Traditional Thai Massage, the best remedy for fatigue after a long travel day. If you are short on time, but in need of relief from neck, shoulder or back pain, come in for The Quick Fix. Check out my MENU for a full list of services.

Mobile services are available for house calls, spa parties or on location for film/TV sets and offices. For any inquiries go to my Contact/Booking page for more info or to schedule a session in my studio click HERE

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Authentic Ayurveda with Rasa Veda Healing

One of my favorite local healers, the amazing Sheila Govindarajan founded Rasa Veda Healing in 2012 to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda).
Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicinal systems. Named from the Sanskrit word ‘science of life’, Ayurveda is based on the belief that all facets of life can impact your health.

Sheila’s practice at Rasa Veda always begins with an Ayurvedic consultation to determine your constitution and wellness goals. Her signature treatment is Abhyanga (90 min warm oil massage) followed by Shirodhara where warm oil is poured repeatedly and rhythmically on the center of your forehead. The experience is amazing, deeply meditative, relaxing and nurturing.

In addition, she creates amazing herbal medicated Abhyanga oils/salves, Ayurvedic herbal tonics, and custom blended aromatherapy oils. All the oils and herbs are organic, wildcrafted and from biodynamic farming techniques.

Sheila is available by appointment only, Rasa Veda Healing is located in Hancock Park. For more info or to schedule click HERE

 

Daily Meditation for Stress Relief

“A calm mind brings inner strength and self confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama

Although I was raised in the Jewish culture I have always been drawn to eastern philosophy, and the practice of meditation. Scientific studies have shown meditation to have so many benefits for your mental and emotional health. Especially these days with the nonstop bombardment of news, texts and tweets.. it’s so important take a minute to clear your head and get some peace of mind.

Here is a simple meditation exercise that I love and really helps with anxiety and stress. Find a quiet place, set a timer for 2 mins (or longer). Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Relax your body and take a few deep breaths. Think of a person or a place that you love, and smile.. Repeat daily!

For more simple meditation exercises check out Pocket Mindfulness

The Ancient Healing Art of Thai Massage

I experienced my first Thai Massage on a trip to Thailand in the summer of 2001 and absolutely loved it. One session not only cured my jet lag, but I felt immediate relief from a headache and low back soreness. In 2006, I went back to Thailand to study and become certified in Thai Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology.

Traditional Thai Massage or “Thai Yoga Massage” is an ancient healing modality that dates back over 2500 years combining acupressure, stretching and assisted yoga postures.The practice also promotes positive energy circulation, joint mobility and stress relief.

Thai Massage is a great alternative to table massage as it is performed on the floor, no lotions or oils are applied and you remain fully clothed. For rates go to MENU.

Music For Relaxation

As a longtime massage therapist, I am always searching for new relaxing, beautiful music to add to my playlist because as you could imagine.. I hear the same things over and over again. Over the years I have noticed that I’ve gotten much more picky about which songs or albums to buy. My standards have become this – the tracks can’t be too busy or have any fast build ups, have any vocals in English, or be to cheezy like ‘new age music’ can be. I tend toward world music artists that have a spiritual feel. Here are my top 5 albums for relaxation, yoga, meditation, reading or even to get inspired. All are available on itunes!

1) Night Book – Ludovico Einuaudi

2) The Spirit of Yoga – Ben Leinbach

3) Shamanic Dream 2 – Anugama

4) Music for Yoga and Other Joys – Ben Leinbach & Jai Uttal

5) Voice of the Esraj – Benjy Wertheimer