Sports Massage Therapy : Only For Athletes?

Now more than ever before, people are spending hours upon hours behind a desk, in an often uncomfortable office chair, in front of a computer – furiously typing the day away, eating a rushed lunch at the desk – working, working, working. There’s even a name for it – Sitting Disease. And while, no doubt, this work requires brainpower, it is sedentary – and sitting at your desk for extended periods of time definitely take its toll on your body.

Almost everyone knows the benefits Massage Therapy provides for relieving stress, sore muscles, anxiety and even depression. While Swedish massage, deep tissue massage and trigger point/targeted treatment massage are common and effective techniques used to alleviate these symptoms, one form of Massage Therapy that’s equally, if not more effective, is Sports Massage Therapy.
We know what you’re thinking. “I’m not an athlete. I don’t do any rigorous activity – I don’t need Sports Massage Therapy.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Initially developed to help athletes prevent or treat sports injuries, Sports Massage Therapy focuses on soft and connective tissue injuries or stress caused by repetitive activities. When you think about it, athletes aren’t the only people engaging in repetitive activities. Everyday people do, too – from sitting in a desk chair typing on a keyboard to bagging groceries to cutting hair – these repetitive activities can result in pain and even injury. And believe it or not, sitting at a desk all day is also repetitive, causing neck and back pain that can be debilitating for some individuals.

Sports Massage Therapy helps keep your body in tip-top shape – regardless of whether you’re a world-class athlete or world-class office manager – preventing injuries, improving mobility, performance and posture, relieve head, neck and back pain, and much more.
Sports Massage increases your body’s overall circulation, rejuvenating and repairing muscles that take a beating with repetitive activity; it helps increase blood flow to your sore muscles, lessening any swelling or discomfort. Regular Sports Massage stretches muscle tissue, releasing tension and increasing range of motion. Scar tissue often happens after an injury or trauma, and can cause pain and inelasticity. Sports Massage breaks down scar tissue, alleviating pain and discomfort.

You see? You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the many benefits Sports Massage Therapy provides. Sports Massage helps you be the best you can be, regardless of your activity level or profession.

Schedule Your Sports Massage Therapy Session Today At Essence Spa.

Nails can be filed into so many different shapes.

Seconds before you enter the salon the endless nail shapes are running through your mind and you think to yourself, My nail tech will know what to do, The respectable square or round? Your nail tech knows just as well as you do that it’s not that simple anymore. The world has more different nail shapes than you have fingers, and it can be tough to keep track of all the nail shapes, let alone choose one! Here’s a list of the most popular (and Photo-worthy!) options.

7 Popular Nail Shapes

1. Square Nails 
Overview: stylish, clean-cut, low-maintenance
Wear if: you have long fingers and long, narrow nail beds.
Best with: block, bold polish colours
The square nail shape is pretty self-explanatory. Square nails are square—they’re flat on top with straight, sharp corners. They neither flare out nor taper in and are a popular shape for those with short nails or long, narrow nail beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Round Nails
Overview: tidy, elegant, elongates shorter fingers.
Wear if: you have short fingers with short or narrow nail beds.
Best with: any shade of polish or left unpainted.
The classic round shape is another favourite for those who prefer to keep their nails clipped short. Like square nails, round nails start with straight sides but curve at the edges to follow the natural s

hape of the fingertip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Squoval Nails
Overview: classic, natural, suits all.
Wear if: if your nail beds are wide and long. Squoval nail shapes will look good on short or long fingers.
Best with: geometric nail art.
Square oval or squoval nails are perfect if you’re into the flat edge of the square but hate sharp corners. Squoval is your best option. This universally flattering shape has softened corners for the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Oval Nails
Overview: feminine, classy, classic.
Wear if: you have shorter fingers or shorter hands with wide, stubby nail beds, as an oval shape will create the illusion of length. It’s also a good shape on longer fingers that have wide and short/stubby nail beds.
Best with: nail art.
Yes, round nails are different from oval ones. Here’s how: Oval nails are filed down on the sides in addition to the tips. The curvature is more extreme, so it tends to make fingers look more slender.

5. Almond Nails
Overview: glamorous, chic, feminine.
Wear if: you have long or short fingers but your nail beds are narrow and long.
Best with: plain, shiny and metallic polish colours.
Like oval nails, almond nails are filed along the sides. The nail wall is tapered to end in a round peak, similar to the shape of an actual almond. Natural nails are often too weak to hold this structure on their own, so most almond

manicures are reinforced with gel or acyclic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Stiletto Nails 
Overview: loud, high-maintenance elongates hands.
Wear if: you have time/money for upkeep, and want to make a statement.
Best with: elaborate and pretty (and unchipped) nail designs.
Stiletto nails are all about the drama. Shaping this spiked look starts off the same as it’s nuttier counterpart, the almond, but ends at a much sharper point with a wider base. (Stiletto nails are also perfect for ice cream cone nail art, as seen below.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Coffin nails
Overview: chic, glamorous, high-maintenance.
Wear if: you suit square or squoval shapes (narrow and long nail beds).
Best with: tidy and unchipped acrylic nail shapes with pale polish colours.
Coffin nails (also known as Ballerina-shaped nails) are Kylie Jenner’s signature nail shape. Coffin nails are essentially the stiletto nail, but with a square rather than pointy tip. They’re called ballerina nails or coffin nails because the shape resembles both a coffin and a ballerina’s slipper.

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We have being working on this for some time now and we at Essence Spa have finally gotten a chance to breathe life into this blog to showcase to you! This post is the first of many amazing and insightful posts to follow. Every blog is different but you can count on ours to be uniquely unique. We are here not only to offer advice, tips and tricks we want to cater to your needs and make improvements from our side as well. We will appreciate your feedback and interaction. Come on show us some love  as we take this beautiful journey together.