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Souly Inspired Denise Hougland is a Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner,Reflexologist, and Master Toe Soul Coach in Mesa, AZ. You can reach her at 480.695.3558
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Massage EtiquetteSomeone recently asked me about some of the dos and don'ts when coming for a massage.  Occasionally I w...
10/10/2021
October 10, 2021

Massage Etiquette

Someone recently asked me about some of the dos and don'ts when coming for a massage. Occasionally I will have first timers as well. I thought I would share some tips to make your massage experience more enjoyable. So keep reading for enlightenment...

Fun Holidays This Week:

October 10: National Angel Food Cake Day – Try this recipe. debbienet.com/angel-food-cake (http://debbienet.com/angel-food-cake/)
October 11: Columbus Day – Happy Columbus day!
October 16: Bosses Day – Thank your boss today. If you’re self-employed, have some fun and treat yourself to a lunch away from the office!

Hydration Recipe

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:

Peach Apricot Water
Ingredients:
1 peach, sliced
1 apricot, sliced
1 small lime, sliced
Water
Instructions:
Add peach, apricot and lime to a pitcher of water. Chill for 4-6 hours to infuse the flavors.

Healthful Tip

Water and why we need it...
You have heard me say time and time again, water, water, water and it's true, You Need Water. I know it may not be the most attractive beverage but there are so many reasons to drink it. Here is a very quick read that points out just a few reasons to refresh your body with water. https://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/healthy-living/healthy-tips/nutrition/much-water-body-need/

Receiving a massage should be a pleasant and relaxing experience but sometimes we are uncertain about the details. Hopefully these tips will relieve some of your questions.

Timing
Know your appointment time well in advance. Try to come 5-10 minutes before to allow you a chance to use the restroom and unwind from your day. You may need to complete a new intake form if it has been awhile. Know that if you are late you may not receive your full time, but I will always do my best. If you know you cannot make your appointment use common courtesy to contact me and cancel your appointment. No-showing for an appointment may incur a fee.
Your Voice
I do my best to allow for a few minutes of intake time at the beginning of each session. Speak up and let me know if there is some particular area that is of concern or anything that you have experienced that may be causing an issue.
Hygiene
Make sure you are showered and clean before your massage. Please refrain from using heavily scented body sprays, perfumes and colognes. They have been known to cause allergic reactions for myself and others in our lobby.
Disrobing
I want you to be comfortable. Undergarments are optional. You will be under a sheet with just the body parts being worked on exposed. Just know, sometimes undergarments can hinder the work of some areas.
It's Your Session
Talk or not to talk? If you feel like talking that's fine. Some feel it is part of the experience. I want what's best for you and sometimes less talk can be more healing. As the goal is for you to receive and relax.
Getting Up
After I leave the room it is important for you to get up gently and use caution getting down from the table. You should dress quickly and with care. Open the door and I will bring you some water.
Checking Out
I always like to be sure you book your next session or several as your needs may be when checking out. This secures you receive the time that works best for you. I am accepting payment for services in Cash, Zelle, Venmo and HSA or Credit/Debit Cards through Square at this time. Tipping is always appreciated.

I hope these tips are beneficial and if you know someone who is going to have their first massage you will pass them on. Or have them visit my Souly Inspired page and they can read this posted there.

Blessings for a healthy week! 🍁🍁
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

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October Hello my friends and welcome to... cooler temperatures, apples and pumpkins, harvested veggies like Butternut sq...
10/03/2021
October 3, 2021

October

Hello my friends and welcome to... cooler temperatures, apples and pumpkins, harvested veggies like Butternut squash and Zucchini! Large pots of stew or homemade soup filling the house with all of the wonderful scents of comfort food. I just can't help smiling when I think about it!

What is your favorite thing about Autumn? Cooking? Hiking? Football?

Fun Holidays This Week:

October 3: National Kale Day – Some tasty ways to try kale. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/kale-recipes
October 5: World Teacher's Day – Thank a teacher today.
October 7: Bald and Free Day – A shout out to all those with a shiny, beautiful top.
October 9: Fire Prevention Day – Here are some fire prevention tips. http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire)

Hydration Recipe

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:

Citrus Water
Ingredients:
1 small orange, sliced
1 small lemon, sliced
1 small lime, sliced
Water
Instructions:
Add orange, lemon and lime to a pitcher of water. Chill and serve.

Healthful Tip

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I wanted to address some of the benefits of massage to cancer patients. Let me start by saying that massage is not a treatment for cancer and should not be used instead of other treatment options such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery. Instead, massage is considered a type of complementary therapy and while it won’t treat the cancer itself, it may help reduce the side effects caused by conventional treatments and improve quality of life and wellbeing.
Scientific studies have looked at the effects of massage on people having cancer treatments and these studies have shown that massage may reduce pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression.
As well as improving physical symptoms, some people with cancer say that having a massage makes them feel whole again, helps them to relax, helps them share feelings in an informal setting, makes them feel more positive about their body and rebuilds hope.
Research shows that massaging muscle and soft tissue does not spread cancer cells. Light, relaxing massage can safely be given to people at all stages of cancer. Tumor or treatment sites should not be massaged to avoid discomfort or pressure on the affected area and underlying organs. If you have any concerns, talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment.

Unfortunately cancer does not discriminate. Men and women, young and old, because everyone has cancer cells. It just depends how our immune system can handle them. I want you to know that I take illness seriously. I don't like when it is commercialized. I believe in the natural approach but value our medical community and what science has developed for us. So please get to know your body. Examine what needs to be examined. Should you have the feeling something isn't as it should be, get yourself checked by the proper physician. Naturopathic of Allopathic, your choice.

Blessings for a healthy week! 🍁🍜🥘🧄🧅🥔🫑🍠🍁
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

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Goodbye Summer...Hello AutumnFall has officially arrived! Cooler temperatures, longer nights and more time for enjoying ...
09/26/2021
September 26, 2021

Goodbye Summer...Hello Autumn

Fall has officially arrived! Cooler temperatures, longer nights and more time for enjoying the outdoors. Soon we will be thinking about and preparing for the holidays.

Now is a great time to check your schedules and plan your self care appointments through the rest of 2021. With all of the fun times ahead it is important to be certain you maintain your health. And with that the question arises...how often should I receive a massage? Read on for more information...

Fun Holidays This Week

September 28: National Good Neighbor Day – Do something nice for a neighbor today.
September 30: National Mud Pack Day – Men and women alike – pile on the facial mask today.
October 1: International Coffee Day - Invite someone to join in you in a cup today.

Hydration Recipe

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:

Cucumber Sage Water
Ingredients:
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 sprig sage, muddled
Water
Instructions:
Add cucumber and sage to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate 4-6 hours to infuse the flavors.

Healthful Tip

How Often Should You Get A Massage?
I often get asked how often someone should get a massage. My answer? It depends on a number of factors including your physical health, stress levels and your budget. However, that being said, there are some guidelines to follow.
Getting a massage once or twice a year is relaxing and helps calm the nervous system, improve circulation, relieve muscle pain, and help with pain management. However, even the best massage isn’t a permanent fix. So find your situation below to determine how often you should schedule a massage.

• In chronic pain / special situations: We will need to discuss your personal situation to make an exact determination. However, to get you feeling better you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week). Call me to discuss the right treatment plan for you.
• Feeling some muscle tension and stiffness: Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. Getting regular massages will loosen your muscles and relieve the tension and stiffness.
• Feeling good: Once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the suppleness and pliancy of your muscle tissue. If you start stretching the time period between massages out too far, your muscles can revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress.

The key is to listen to your body. If you still aren’t sure, schedule an appointment and we can determine the best course for keeping you feeling great.

As October arrives I just want to remind you that some of my pricing is changing. Feel free to visit my website or ask me at your next visit if you have questions. My Loyalty clients will continue to receive your discount at each session. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Blessings for a healthy week! 🍁🍂🍎🦉🍂🍁
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

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Celebrating Women EntrepreneursCan You count how many businesses you frequent that are owned by women?Per the National A...
09/19/2021
September 19, 2021

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Can You count how many businesses you frequent that are owned by women?

Per the National Association of Women Business Owners,
Women Owned Business in the United States
More than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating $1.7 trillion in sales as of 2017.
Women-owned firms (51% or more) account for 39% of all privately held firms and contribute 8% of employment and 4.2% of revenues.

Knowing this, and also knowing that women are still not making as much as men in similar businesses we really should do what we can to support them.

Fun Holidays This Week:

September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day – Arrr matey! Give ‘er a go…
September 22: Business Women's Day – Today recognizes the value and contribution of women in the business world.
September 22: Autumn Equinox - Fall begins.
September 24: National Cherries Jubilee Day – Yum! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/cherries-jubilee-recipe-1942474

Hydration Recipe

Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:

Cantaloupe Mint Water
Ingredients:
½ cantaloupe, sliced (skin removed)
8 leaves mint, muddled
Water
Instructions:
Add cantaloupe and mint to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate overnight to infuse the flavors.

Healthful Tip

Words To Live By
WHO you are is what makes you special. Do not change for anyone.
WHAT lies ahead will always be a mystery. Do not be afraid to explore.
WHEN life pushes you over, you push back harder.
WHERE there are choices to make, make the one you won't regret.
WHY things happen will never be certain. Take it in stride and move forward.
- Unknown

My anniversary at IPC will be here shortly. With it comes reflection and considerations. I cannot express enough how honored I am to have such amazing clients as you! I appreciate all of you greatly. For without you, I wouldn’t have a business.

As with so many small businesses I have done my best to keep my prices down. Unfortunately the constant increase in my business expenses means I have to pass them on to you or I cannot stay in business. I have adjusted my pricing to reflect the increase on my website. These new prices go into effect on October 1st. My Loyalty clients will continue to receive your discount at each session.
Thank you so much for your continued support.

Blessings for a healthy week!
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

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Happy Grandparents DayWhile many of you may not be a grandparent, I am sure you have a grandparent type person in your l...
09/12/2021

Happy Grandparents Day
While many of you may not be a grandparent, I am sure you have a grandparent type person in your lives. This is a day to celebrate them! For those of you who may be a grandparent it is a great time to be grateful for all the joy the younger ones bring to our lives. Be sure to give all of them a hug or two. You know they give the best hugs😉! And We all need hugs 🤗.

Fun Facts about hugs:
From Wikipedia: Hug - A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two people are involved, it may be referred to as a group hug.

From The Power of Hugs and How They Affect Our Daily Health at SCLHeatlth.org Hugging helps lower our stress throughout the day.
Hugs can also give our immune system a healthy boost.
Hugs might even lower heart rates and blood pressure.
A few good squeezes could lead to decreased depression.

Fun Holidays This Week:
September 12: Grandparent's Day – Today we honor our Grandparents. If they are still living, tell them how much you appreciate them.
September 13: National Peanut Day – If you’re not allergic, try some of these peanut recipes. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/peanut-recipes
September 15: Make a Hat Day – Here are some simple instructions on how to make a paper hat. Fun! https://www.origamiway.com/origami-hat.shtml
September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day – Sounds like a great idea for dessert. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/apple-dumplings-3755854

Hydration Recipe
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Kiwi Raspberry Water
Ingredients:
2 kiwis, sliced (skin removed)
1 cup raspberries
Water
Instructions:
Add kiwis and raspberries to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate for 4-6 ours to infuse the flavors. Enjoy!

Healthful Tip
DIY Lower Back Massage
If you have strained the muscles in your lower back, here is a simple trick you can try at home to eliminate the discomfort.
• Place a tennis ball between you and a wall. The tennis ball should be in the lower left-hand corner of your back – where your pelvis and spine meet. Do not place the tennis ball directly on your spine.
• Move side-to-side on the tennis ball out toward your hip and back again a few times.
• Switch sides and repeat.
• Slowly squat while still applying pressure to the tennis ball so the ball moves from your pelvis up to your rib cage. Slowly rise so the ball is back at your lower spine. Repeat this movement a few times.
• Switch sides and repeat.
If this technique doesn’t alleviate your discomfort, contact me to schedule a massage.

So what makes a hug so great? It's the power of touch! Just as Massage, Reiki and Reflexology all initiate healing responses in your body so does a hug.

"How many hugs a day does a person need? Although not technically proven by science, the late psychotherapist Virginia Satir once said:
“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”" This excerpt can be found in the article from Dr Axe here https://draxe.com/health/hugs/

As a hugger myself I heartedly agree❣️
I look forward to seeing you in my office soon!

Blessings for a healthy week! 🤗✋🏻🤚🏼🤗
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

Happy Grandparents Day
While many of you may not be a grandparent, I am sure you have a grandparent type person in your lives. This is a day to celebrate them! For those of you who may be a grandparent it is a great time to be grateful for all the joy the younger ones bring to our lives. Be sure to give all of them a hug or two. You know they give the best hugs😉! And We all need hugs 🤗.

Fun Facts about hugs:
From Wikipedia: Hug - A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two people are involved, it may be referred to as a group hug.

From The Power of Hugs and How They Affect Our Daily Health at SCLHeatlth.org Hugging helps lower our stress throughout the day.
Hugs can also give our immune system a healthy boost.
Hugs might even lower heart rates and blood pressure.
A few good squeezes could lead to decreased depression.

Fun Holidays This Week:
September 12: Grandparent's Day – Today we honor our Grandparents. If they are still living, tell them how much you appreciate them.
September 13: National Peanut Day – If you’re not allergic, try some of these peanut recipes. https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/peanut-recipes
September 15: Make a Hat Day – Here are some simple instructions on how to make a paper hat. Fun! https://www.origamiway.com/origami-hat.shtml
September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day – Sounds like a great idea for dessert. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/apple-dumplings-3755854

Hydration Recipe
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Kiwi Raspberry Water
Ingredients:
2 kiwis, sliced (skin removed)
1 cup raspberries
Water
Instructions:
Add kiwis and raspberries to a pitcher of water. Refrigerate for 4-6 ours to infuse the flavors. Enjoy!

Healthful Tip
DIY Lower Back Massage
If you have strained the muscles in your lower back, here is a simple trick you can try at home to eliminate the discomfort.
• Place a tennis ball between you and a wall. The tennis ball should be in the lower left-hand corner of your back – where your pelvis and spine meet. Do not place the tennis ball directly on your spine.
• Move side-to-side on the tennis ball out toward your hip and back again a few times.
• Switch sides and repeat.
• Slowly squat while still applying pressure to the tennis ball so the ball moves from your pelvis up to your rib cage. Slowly rise so the ball is back at your lower spine. Repeat this movement a few times.
• Switch sides and repeat.
If this technique doesn’t alleviate your discomfort, contact me to schedule a massage.

So what makes a hug so great? It's the power of touch! Just as Massage, Reiki and Reflexology all initiate healing responses in your body so does a hug.

"How many hugs a day does a person need? Although not technically proven by science, the late psychotherapist Virginia Satir once said:
“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”" This excerpt can be found in the article from Dr Axe here https://draxe.com/health/hugs/

As a hugger myself I heartedly agree❣️
I look forward to seeing you in my office soon!

Blessings for a healthy week! 🤗✋🏻🤚🏼🤗
As always I look forward to seeing you soon!

In Gratitude,
Denise 😇

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4111 E Valley Auto Drive, Suite 209
Mesa, AZ
85206

Major cross streets are Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa 85206

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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm

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(480) 695-3558

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