With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to make sure you fit in a little "you time" every now and again. I was given the opportunity for some serious "me time" during a recent Aston Patterning Massage (APM) session compliments of Tre Balm Beauty Boutique and Skin Care Studio here in San Francisco and let me tell you, it was much needed.
For anyone that has never had this type of massage before, APM is basically a massage technique that combines deep tissue work, massage, and movement all in one. Don't be surprised if you hear the occasional bell ring, your leg gets turned in directions you never knew it could, or if you find your massage therapist on top of the table pulling your arms into the air — it's all part of the treatment. I tend to be a little OCD when I am getting a massage and will calculate what is going to happen next, but APM therapists make the most of unique body types rather than trying to force them to conform to an ideal, so each movement is totally different. Sure it may sound a little wacky, but I left my session feeling absolutely amazing and totally refreshed. I went in worrying about holiday presents, travel, and work but by the time my appointment was over I had forgotten it all.
Not only is it a fabulous way to relax, but APM can also minimize the dreaded effects of repetitive movements on the body that many people experience on a daily basis, like say, sitting at a desk and typing all day. If you live here in San Francisco I highly suggest setting up an appointment with Tre Balm (and Nadja, the fabulous massage therapist), but if not then be sure check with your local spa to find out if they offer APM.